Ways to make cancer patients’ treatment as comfortable as possible were explored at a two-day event at Forth Valley Royal Hospital.
‘This Way Forward’ involved patients, carers and oncology staff and was aimed at finding how the service to those battling the disease could be improved.
The event follows the introduction of the Macmillian Values Based Standard at NHS Forth Valley. The health board was the first in the country to sign up to the scheme and commit to improving the hospital experience for cancer sufferers.
The values were created by Macmillan Cancer Support following an 18-month engagement with 300 health care staff and people living with cancer.
Trisha Hatt, senior Macmillan development manager, said: “Macmillan knows that cancer patients’ experience of care matters to them just as much as clinical care.
“We have developed the Macmillan Values Based Standard to help improve the quality and effectiveness of care and ensure patients are treated with dignity and respect.”
‘This Way Forward’ explored issues that emerged from local focus groups and attempted to identify the positive and negative elements of care and how service could be improved.
It is hoped it will create greater trust and improve relationships between staff, carers and patients.
Liz MacMillan, Macmillan Values Based Standards Lead for Scotland, said: “This is an exciting time for NHS Forth Valley.”
She added: “We believe we have a golden opportunity to improve both patient and staff experience through co-production, resulting in a more equitable relationship between staff, carers and patients.”