A CONSULTATION has been launched on proposals to modernise radiotherapy services – and the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine is encouraging its members to get involved.
NHS England has published its proposals which are aimed at ensuring high quality, safe and effective services are accessible across the country, regardless of where patients live.
The proposals, which have been developed by an expert group of clinicians, commissioners and patient representatives, focus on the development of networks of non-surgical clinical oncology services.
This is currently an informal discussion and engagement period and NHS England wants to hear from anybody with an interest in radiotherapy services, in particular those that use or work in the service, and who are potentially affected by the proposals. This will enable NHS England, in partnership with patients, clinicians and other key stakeholders, to develop a revised service specification ready for public consultation early in 2017.
NHS England is holding a number of public engagement events about the proposals during the coming weeks in Leeds, Reading and London, and a webinar, aimed at non-surgical oncology clinicians and radiotherapy professionals and managers, is being held in December.
IPEM is encouraging its members to respond to this consultation. The Radiotherapy Professional and Standards Group (RTPSG) will be co-ordinating a collective response from IPEM, and we have asked the Heads of Radiotherapy Physics, as well of Heads of Medical Physics for contributions. Contributions from individuals are also welcomed, and may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org which will then be forwarded to the RTPSG. Individual members can also respond to the consultation in their own right. In addition, NHS Trusts may be responding to this consultation and IPEM would suggest individuals also contribute to their Trust’s response.
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