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Running virtual and hybrid cancer MDT meetings

A project between North Central London Cancer Alliance and Queen Mary University of London, funded by The Health Foundation’s Q Exchange and NHS England, has led to the publication of a toolkit for running virtual and hybrid cancer multidisciplinary team (MDT) meetings.

The toolkit is valuable for cancer teams in hospital trusts across the UK and will help MDT members to run and participate in meetings effectively to produce the best possible outcomes for patients.

The toolkit is valuable for cancer teams in hospital trusts across the UK and will help MDT members to run and participate in meetings effectively to produce the best possible outcomes for patients. The research behind the toolkit is published in BMJ Open.

The National Cancer Plan (2000) mandates that all patients living with cancer in the UK should have their care reviewed by a multidisciplinary team. The changes to clinical care brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic sped up the use of virtual meeting platforms in hospital trusts, due to the social distancing measures which were in place.  Running meetings in this way brought challenges as well as opportunities. The research involved meeting observations, interviews and a national survey. The outcome is a toolkit which can be used as a guide and adapted to individual team needs.

 

“We are very grateful to the MDT members, Alliance leads, cancer managers and patients who have worked with us over the past 18 months to develop this virtual MDT toolkit. Their expertise has been integral to the co-development of this practical tool to help cancer MDTs to perform as effectively as possible in virtual meetings. We hope the toolkit will ultimately improve both cancer MDT member experiences of virtual meetings and patient outcomes in the future.”

Dr Daisy McInnerney, research fellow in behavioural science at QMUL and joint study lead

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