Trust’s cancer team lands major award after significant improvements

Date: 13 June 2022

Cancer team news

The Cancer Services Team at Medway NHS Foundation Trust has been named South East regional winner at the NHS Parliamentary Awards 2022 in the ‘Excellence in Healthcare’ category.

The team, based at Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham, scooped the award after being nominated by local MP Rehman Chishti, following significant improvements which saw the Trust achieve the national standard in four key areas of cancer care in December 2021 (two-week wait, 31 day wait, 62 day GP referral and 28 day faster diagnosis) for the first time in its history.

The hard work of the team also led to national recognition, by taking the Trust from 128th to 8th in the country for cancer performance, making the Kent and Medway Cancer Alliance the best in the country. The improvement in performance was recognised in the HSJ for being the most improved Trust.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the team worked hard to improve the service provided for patients with cancer, or suspected cancer, by strengthening the leadership within the team and having a stronger focus on collaborative working with other departments in the Trust and with external partners, such as Macmillan. The team planned and implemented a robust set of actions which changed the way they managed cancer within the Trust, ensuring the longest waiting patients were treated in order and as fast and safely as possible.

Jayne Black, Interim Chief Executive at Medway NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Despite the pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic, staff at the Trust have been working hard to not only maintain our normal services but actively improve the care that we provide to our community.

“This has meant that cancer patients in Medway and Swale have had an earlier diagnosis, faster treatment, a lower risk of complications, a better experience of care and improved outcomes.

''To receive this award in recognition of this hard work means so much to the team and all our colleagues across the Trust who they work so closely with. It is a fantastic achievement for Medway, but more so for our patients as it demonstrates our continuing effort to provide the best possible patient care.’’

Rehman Chishti, Conservative MP for Gillingham and Rainham, said: ''I was delighted to nominate the fantastic Cancer Services Team at Medway Hospital for this award which is incredibly well deserved. This highlights their skill, dedication, compassion and commitment to patients and the NHS – I look forward to meeting the team later this month to congratulate them in person!’’

The team will now go onto the awards ceremony on 6 July when the national winners will be announced.

  • Summary:

    The Cancer Services Team at Medway NHS Foundation Trust has been named South East regional winner at the NHS Parliamentary Awards 2022 in the ‘Excellence in Healthcare’ category.