The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre is growing its radiotherapy department by employing a team of more than 20 new radiographers to enhance its offering to patients and strengthen cancer services across the region.
The new radiographers have travelled from across the UK to fulfil their new positions and consist of a mixture of new graduates and established professionals within their field, all of which will be in post by January 2014.
The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre already employs more than 100 therapy radiographers, who are specially trained to plan and deliver individualised radiotherapy treatments to patients.
The new investment comes as The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre continues to commit to improving patient experience, aiming to reduce on-the-day waiting times to ensure patients have the best possible visit.
Julie Massey, Head of Radiotherapy at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, commented; “We’re constantly looking for additional ways to ensure patients have the best experience possible and this additional support will enable us to improve our waiting times for patients and continue to deliver very complex technically advanced treatments. We also want to ensure that as patients numbers continue to increase we are still able to keep patient waiting times as low as possible.
“We’re delighted to welcome a whole new selection of radiographers to the team. We interviewed over 60 people for the available positions so we’re confident we’ve found the best possible candidates to carry out our first class radiotherapy treatments.”
This development comes as The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre continues to develop plans to build a new site next to the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital and the University of Liverpool.
The new cancer centre, which will offer integrated cancer care right from diagnosis through to discharge, will be the single biggest step towards developing first class services for the region, benefitting people in Wirral, West Cheshire and North of the Mersey. For the first time, patients will have access to expert clinical services, surgery, in-patient care, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, critical care, outpatient clinics and enhanced research and development with clinical trials, all on one site.
The new team of radiographers will initially be based at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre’s Wirral site and are currently undertaking an extensive induction programme.
Sophie Testi, a graduate and radiographer at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, commented; “I’m delighted to be on board and have had a fantastic experience at the Centre so far so I’m looking forward to putting my training into practice. I’ve heard a lot about the new site in Liverpool and the thought of being able to treat even more patients from this central location is rewarding so I can’t wait to see the new centre take shape. I couldn’t think of a more exciting time to be joining this first class cancer centre.”
The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre delivers around 89,000 individual treatments using radiotherapy per year to a wide range of cancers
To support the fight against cancer, the Action on Cancer campaign aims to keep local residents up to date over the coming months with the latest cancer-related news and plans to improve services over the coming years, including the new Clatterbridge Cancer Centre site in central Liverpool.