Forum focuses on open access follow up in urology

Open access and improved follow-up, looking particularly at commissioning intentions and changes in guidance, was the focus of the recent LCA urology clinical forum on 23 September 2015.

The afternoon opened with an overview by Mr Justin Vale, Chair of the LCA Urology Pathway Group, followed by a presentation regarding changes to NICE bladder cancer guidance. The LCA informatics lead, Stephen Scott, presented a master class on which datasets 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. This was followed by a presentation by Martine Huit from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust on managing lymphoedema in urology patients.

The afternoon was kicked off with an inclusive and lively discussion for all attendees regarding treatment summary development and implementation. This was followed by a presentation by Jo Sethi, urology CNS from Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, who shared with the group Imperial’s experience of setting up an open access follow-up service. Netty Kinsella, nurse consultant at The Royal Marsden, closed the day with a highlight of the current use of Holistic Needs Assessments across the LCA.

The key objectives of better understanding cancer informatics and what each Trust can do to improve quality of data and performance reporting; and the opportunities and challenges of setting up an open access follow-up (OAFU) service to take back to each centre, were fully met.

The next LCA urology forum will be held on Thursday 28 January 2016. For more information please contact Elizabeth Pegers, LCA project manager, at

The presentations from the urology clinical forum are available here



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