Joint Working Executive Summary

Informing the development of Quality Standards for Prostate Cancer

Project description:

This joint working project aims to develop a Quality Standard that best represents the quality of care for patients with prostate cancer with a particular focus on the quality and service requirements from the perspective of a patient. The project was initiated in June 2014 and run till June 2015.

Organisations involved

The Quality Standard Working Group for Prostate Cancer is made up of members from Tackle Prostate Cancer, Prostate Cancer UK, Macmillan Cancer Support, Patient representatives, Urologists, Oncologists, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Cancer Commissioners, and Ipsen Limited who have pooled resources to commit to this project.

Project approach:

The first phase of the project will run over the course of five months (June to October) where the working group members will identify a set of quality statements that best represent the quality of care for patients with prostate cancer. Quality measures will also be developed to accompany each quality statement, in order to assess the quality of care or service provision specified in the statement. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is expected to publish a Quality Standard for Prostate Cancer in June 2015 and are keen to ensure the quality statements within their quality standard are important to patients, service users and carers and are feasible to implement. The intention of this first phase therefore is to have our collective viewpoints collated into a written report and submitted to NICE for consideration prior to their development phase (Oct 2014).

The second phase of this project will run from November 2014 to June 2015 and will include activity to promote and adopt the quality statements developed in to service delivery across the NHS.

Expected Outcomes:

For Patients:

  • Improve patient outcomes over time, by implementing specific improvements to service delivery that help improve quality of care in the longer term

For the NHS:

  • Help NHS organisations improve quality by supporting comparison of current performance using measures of best practice to identify priorities for improvement

For Industry:

  • Help the NHS improve quality of prostate cancer services so that all patients receive the best treatment and care to manage their condition