Medical innovation

Major cancer centre launches new Innovation Strategy

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust has launched its new Innovation Strategy in a move that the trust says will reinforce its belief that fresh thinking, creative solutions, and inventive practice drives patient outcomes.

The strategy, which runs until 2025 to align with the trust’s Five Year Plan, details some of the organisation’s past exploits, such as the award-winning Clatterbridge in the Community scheme that delivered cancer treatment to patients in the comfort of their own home. This type of innovative thinking is ultimately what the trust is looking to embed in its core with this new strategy.

The plan also aims to encourage staff to bring forward new ideas by signposting the support available to accomplish this, as well as driving enterprise with the creation of innovation champions. The trust also highlights the investment opportunities that will be made available for large-scale projects and collaboration with third party organisations.

The strategy is the brainchild of Clatterbridge’s Innovation Manager, Drew Norwood-Green, and Clinical Lead for Innovation, Dr Séamus Coyle, in addition to consultative contributions from staff, patients and other members of the public.

Dr Coyle said: “The next three years will see a step change in innovation across the Trust and, crucially, a structured approach. By first focussing on a culture and mind-set for innovation, we will encourage the voicing of where challenges are and invite staff and service users to bring their ideas for solutions.

“Providing a nurturing environment in collaboration with external partners to develop potential solutions is vital to develop a ‘proof of concept’ and take ideas forward ensuring they become implemented in practice. Support is needed to help staff adopt and adapt existing innovations or innovative practice so that they are applied in practice.

“By deliberately harnessing the unique knowledge, desire to improve and innovative spirit of the staff within Clatterbridge, we can create even more opportunities to make a difference, thereby improving the choices, experience and outcomes for our patients.”

Trust Chief Executive, Dr Liz Bishop, added: “Innovation has always been important at Clatterbridge but this new strategy puts it on a new level and creates a structure to embed a culture of innovation into all areas of our work. At the heart of this strategy is our aim to give our patients the very best treatment and care – and to ensure our enterprising staff reach their full potential.”

To read the strategy in full, click here.

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