MDT Optimisation Project
The initiation of the MDT project was driven in part by the July 2015 publication of the Independent Cancer Taskforce Achieving World Class Cancer Outcomes: A Strategy for England 2015-2020. Further to this CRUK identified areas for focused improvement in the January 2017 report Meeting Patients’ Needs: improving the effectiveness of multidisciplinary team meetings in cancer services’. These documents highlighted the need to develop MDT working to meet the growing demands placed on teams.
In response to the national and local appetite for MDT development CMCA formed a project steering group to begin scoping opportunities for improvement in MDT working, supporting improvements and to provide longer term strategic direction.
The project steering group is now fully established and is meeting regularly. The group has agreed terms of reference and is actively driving the project forward. Membership includes senior representation from oncology, surgery, cancer nursing, radiology, pathology, clinical psychology and cancer management colleagues. The project is support by a project manager (Sarah Hardy-Pickering) and clinical lead (Mr Steve Fenwick).
Project priorities were developed by the group in July 2018 and included:
1. Exploring opportunities to practically measure and improve the effectiveness of MDTs locally
2. Supporting clinical leaders to lead effectively
3. Exploring opportunities to implement new ways of working to increase the effectiveness of MDT
In response to feedback from colleagues across the region, CMCA also launched specific support packages for MDT chairs and MDT coordinators.
MDT Coordinator Development
It is recognised that although MDT Coordinators play a vital role in the planning and delivery of MDT meetings, they may not always have access to the training and support they might need. CMCA will therefore be providing tailored training and development courses for MDT coordinators and trackers, which has been co-designed.
Work is also underway to produce a standardised job description, person specification and induction schedule. Finally, a workforce census will enable us to offer support in areas which are under particular pressure.
Our latest MDT Coordinator workshop is an interactive full day workshop and topics will include:
Participants will also have an opportunity to network with other MDT coordinators regionally and share best practice.
To register your interest in attending one of our workshops or for any further information please email us at