A fishing expedition for brain/CNS cancer patients

Big data, local audit and improving data quality were the focus of the recent LCA brain CNS clinical forum on 3 December 2015.

The afternoon opened with an update on the pathway group’s work over the last six months by Dr Ron Beaney, pathway chair and clinical oncologist from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. He presented the findings of the latest skull base and pituitary surgical and MDT audit to the group with a summary of the findings and next steps.

Dr Miriam Salib and Dr Philip Benjamin, specialist registrars in radiology at Imperial College London under the guidance of Dr Adam Waldman, consultant radiologist at Imperial College London, presented the findings from a recent audit into the presence of space occupying lesions when suspected on referral to radiology.

To close the first half Stephen Scott, LCA informatics lead, identified for the group how they can improve the quality of their data collection. The final session of the day was led by Liz Chart, HES informatics analyst, where she presented an overview of the large amounts of data that are available for interrogation by the group to help answer some of the big questions about what is happening to patients in their cancer journey. This is the first time that any data of this kind and scale has been made available to the group and it generated a lot of interest and discussion. The slides presented by Liz are available on the link below along with a copy of all the presentations from the day.

For more information please contact Elizabeth Pegers, LCA project manager, at epegers@nhs.net

Presentations from the forum are available here

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