The LSG has a key role in the co-ordination, strategic development and implementation of supportive and palliative care services currently across Salford.
The LSG has further divided the work programmes which are undertaken by the following Sub Groups:
End of Life Care (E of L C)
Information and Communication
User and Carer
A Local Implementation Officer, for Salford and Trafford, supports the LSG and is pivotal in the co-ordination and communication of developments across the diversity of organisations and is supported by a part-time Palliative Care Team Administrator.
Within Salford there is a city -wide Cancer Strategy Group and within Salford Royal Hospital NHS Trust a lead clinician (0.1 WTE), lead nurse (1.0 WTE) and lead manager for cancer services (0.25 WTE). Within Primary Care there is a GP Cancer lead (0.2 WTE). There is robust cross-representation between this group and the LSG
User involvement and engagement in all aspects of their treatment and support, from planning, delivery and evaluation is a core topic within the NICE Guidance1.The GMCCN Patient User Partnership (PUP) programme, has developed over the last two to three years which is very keen to develop local user groups to influence the development of services both locally and at a network level. There are currently two service user representatives on the GMCNN Cross-cutting Supportive & Palliative Group
In December 2005 a User Involvement Lead was appointed (0.6 WTE) to work across both Salford and Trafford and to develop a User Involvement Strategy.
An initial scoping exercise has highlighted opportunities for user involvement across Salford.
User group has been established
Tumour specific MDT’s and Specialist Palliative care have recently undertaken patient satisfaction surveys and developed action plans to address issues raised
Service users have been involved in service design e.g. Cancer and You cancer information and support centre
User Involvement St Ann’s Hospice
User Involvement Facilitator post (0.6 WTE) is developing user involvement across the three sites (Heald Green, Little Hulton and the Neil Cliffe Cancer Care Centre).
An annual National Patient/Carer Satisfaction Survey for inpatient and day care patients is undertaken.