Enhancing recovery for head and neck cancer patients

Enhanced recovery, looking particularly at measurable outcomes and implementation, was the focus of the recent LCA head and neck clinical forum on 15 July 2015.

The afternoon opened with Mr Richard Oakley, head and neck surgeon at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, discussing the enhanced recovery programme from a King’s Health Partners perspective. LCA senior analyst Stephen Scott presented a master class on which data sets are used to gather information about the services in the LCA, how these data are used and what can be done to improve data collection. He was followed by Martine Huit from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, on managing lymphoedema in head and neck patients.

To close the day early findings from an ongoing study were presented regarding surgeons’ attitudes on advising their patients about smoking cessation. These indicated that although smoking cessation intervention is highlighted as important, surgeons do not routinely refer patients on for smoking cessation support. Enhanced recovery promotes smoking cessation guidance and referral.

Attendees were enthusiastic about implementing an enhanced recovery programme. The LCA has asked each Trust to assess its progress with enhanced recovery and will present this information at the next forum.

The next LCA head and neck clinical forum will be held on Tuesday 17 November. For more information please contact Elizabeth Pegers, LCA project manager, at epegers@nhs.net

The presentations are available here

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