The introduction of the radiotherapy practitioner

By Catherine Docherty, Royal Free Hospital

Category: Treatment

The problem identified

Care of patients undergoing radiotherapy was not consistent within the Trust. Patients were assessed by the medical team on a weekly basis.

The intervention made to change the problem

Introduction of role of the radiotherapy practitioner within the Trust. To ensure safe, continuous care during the entirety of radiotherapy, from the decision to treat, through planning and simulation to post-treatment follow-up. This includes an outreach service to inpatients.

How it changed my practice

Patients who are attending for radiotherapy are assessed daily by the radiotherapy practitioners (RTP) and any necessary treatment is provided according to protocols. The RTP liaises with the lung CNS to prevent and manage any issues for the patient and carers.

Published: 2017

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