Full house at enhanced recovery workshop

Implementing programmes for enhanced recovery after surgery was a key recommendation in the Model of Care in 2010, as the advantages for patients include faster recovery after surgery, better controlled co-morbidities, reduced length of stay in hospital and less likelihood of contracting hospital-acquired infections.

The LCA is working towards implementing enhanced recovery across all tumour pathways. A workshop was held on 4 March, attended by over 90 clinicians and allied health professionals involved in implementing enhanced recovery programmes within gynaecology, oesophago-gastric, hepato-pancreatic-biliary, head and neck and colorectal cancer pathways.

Speakers shared their experience of implementing or auditing enhanced recovery, and the question and answer session allowed attendees to learn from the experience of the speakers. Attendees then split into groups and focused on developing an enhanced recovery checklist tailored to their particular cancer pathway, which will be included in the next edition of the LCA tumour-specific clinical guidelines. Each group also discussed gaps in enhanced recovery implementation and produced an action plan for addressing these.

Next steps are for the checklists and action plans to be reviewed and approved by the pathway groups, and then implemented across LCA Trusts.

For further information, please contact: felicity.surridge@nhs.net

Click here for the workshop presentations.

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