Project Name: Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust Melanoma Service Development at Queen Alexandra Hospital Project Period: 12 months Joint Working Project Summary: The Trust lacks a specialist melanoma service for melanoma patients in the Portsmouth area. Melanoma patients with complex needs are currently being referred to University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust due to its more advanced melanoma facilities, resulting in patients travelling long distances for specialist treatment. The Joint Working Project aims to set up a dedicated local melanoma service in the region consisting of a melanoma consultant and a dedicated melanoma Clinical Nurse Specialist. The service will provide specialist melanoma clinical support and after treatment care according to patient needs.
Expected Patient Outcomes for this Project: It is expected that the dedicated local melanoma service will provide consistent care to the melanoma patient population and improve patients’ outcomes. Specifically, the following outcomes are expected:
a 50% improvement in melanoma patient experience across the range of questions pertaining to patient experience, compared against baseline;
a 50% reduction in travel distances on average for relevant patient population, compared against baseline;
a 50% reduction in travel times on average for relevant patient population, compared against baseline;
a 20% reduction in melanoma patient’s waiting times at each scheduled appointment, compared against baseline;
a 10% increase in average number of melanoma patients discussed at Trust Sarcoma Melanoma and Rare meetings (“SMART”), compared against baseline;
a 10% reduction in average time taken from Multi-Disciplinary Team discussions to commencement of advanced melanoma patient’s treatment, compared to baseline.