Published on: 9 June 2021

The MDT (Multi Disciplinary Teams) optimisation project, recently concluded with the publication of the MDT Optimsation Toolkit which can be viewed here on the Professionals' area of the Cancer Alliance.

The project was established to respond to the changing landscape in cancer care, as recognised in the NHS Long Term Plan and the Independent Cancer Taskforce Report.

MDTs have been central to the effective delivery of cancer care, providing a collective forum for treatment planning and case review; as well as peer support, education and governance.

All MDTs are different and it is acknowledged that one size does not fit all. The scope of the project was therefore to explore, develop and test changes in MDT working practices.

The Alliance developed a toolkit to bring together the information and resources pertinent to the MDT optimisation project as an ongoing provision for uptake where appropriate.

You can learn more about the project here on the professionals' area if you are a professional care worker or partner of the alliance.

A big congratualtions and thank you to Louise Horton, project manager for this programme of work, who has done a brilliant job of bringing this all together.

Louise would like to thank all the individuals and teams who have piloted these approaches without which the project would not have been possible. Further opportunities now exist to use the established processes and trialled tools put in place through the MDT tool kit to continue MDT optimisation activities within the context of Clinical Delivery Group oversight.

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