Local NHS Gains National Recognition For Improving Skin Cancer Diagnosis

Published: 19th October 2020
Our partnership Tele-Skin Two Week Wait Pathway project with County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust and local partner CCGs gained national recognition for improving skin care diagnosis....

In March 2020, we were delighted to announce that our partnership Tele-Skin Two Week Wait Pathway project with County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust and local partner CCGs had been shortlisted for an HSJ Value Award in the category of Transformation and Acute Service Redesign Initiative. The local partner CCGs are; Durham Dales, Sedgefield & Easington CCG, Sunderland CCG, North Durham CCG, Darlington CCG and South Tyneside CCG.

On the 17th October 2020, the project gained national recognition for improving skin care diagnosis. You can read the article on Newton News’ website.

We have also replicated it below:

Health chiefs in the region are celebrating becoming finalists in the national Health Service Journal ‘Value Awards’ 2020 for an innovative project to improve waiting times for skin cancer diagnosis.

The initiative succeeded in reducing waiting times for skin cancer referrals from two weeks to one working day as GPs can now take photos of patient’s skin lesions and sent them directly to a consultant dermatologist.

Dr Stewart Findlay, chief officer for NHS County Durham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said, “We can now get images from the GP to a consultant dermatologist who can view them and make a decision in one day. The patient can then be told they don’t have skin cancer or they can be referred into the appropriate service for further tests.

“This hugely reduces the stress for patients waiting for information. This process used to take two weeks and now it can be done in one day, this is a hugely positive step for the NHS and for patients and their health outcomes and we are delighted with the recognition.”

The project was a partnership between NHS County Durham CCG, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust and Consultant Connect with support from the Northern Cancer Alliance and covers a population of more than one million.

The ‘Tele-skin Two Week Wait Pathway’ was awarded Finalist status in the ‘Acute Service Redesign Initiative’ category in the virtual awards held on Friday 4th September 2020.

If you are interested in reducing dermatology referrals in your area click here for more information on how our solutions work. Alternatively, please get in touch with us on 01865 261467 or email hello@consultantconnect.org.uk.

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