Multi-disciplinary team meetings: cancer care

This guidance sets out how Multi-Disciplinary Teams (MDTs) can provide the most effective clinical management by focussing on patients with the most complex needs | NHS England | NHS Improvement

This guidance has been developed to enable cancer multi-disciplinary teams (MDTs) to respond to the changing landscape in cancer care, as recognised in the NHS Long Term Plan and the Independent Cancer Taskforce Report.

The guidance sets out how MDT Meetings (MDTMs) can continue to provide effective clinical management by remaining focussed on discussion of those patient cases which require full multidisciplinary input. This approach aims to support MDTMs in three ways:

  • Firstly, it should help to ensure there is adequate time for discussion of cases where it is  needed, by allowing more focus on complex cases in the MDTM.
  • Secondly, streamlining should ensure that valuable diagnostic and clinical time is used most effectively by creating more flexibility in management of the MDTM.
  • Thirdly, the policy will increase the transparency and consistency of care by agreeing the treatment or care any patient should expect to receive across Cancer Alliances.

Streamlining Multi-Disciplinary Team Meetings – Guidance for Cancer Alliances | NHS England | NHS Improvement

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