The Macmillan Geriatric Oncology Liaison Development Team (GOLD) at Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust has been shortlisted for a Macmillan Professionals Excellence award, recognising their inspirational work supporting older people living with cancer in London and the south-east.
The team were nominated by colleagues in the Innovation Excellence Award category, which celebrates teams whose vision and commitment have made a lasting difference to the quality of services offered to people living with cancer.
In 2017, the GOLD service won a British Medical Journal (BMJ) Award for Cancer Care.
With funding from Macmillan Cancer Support, the GOLD team identified that elderly people with cancer have a higher level of complex needs, and often experience difficulties completing chemotherapy treatment.
In order to optimise older patients’ health before and during treatment, the Macmillan GOLD team combines care for the elderly and oncology services.
This extra support has meant that more GOLD patients complete their chemotherapy course, and the average stay in Guy’s oncology wards has fallen by four-and-a-half days.
The seven-person team is providing an innovative and robust solution to a real problem in cancer care and significantly improves outcomes for patients.