Key Work Program Underway
Optimal Care Pathways (OCP) Implementation
Optimal cancer care pathways outline the best cancer care for specific tumour types.
The pathways are designed to promote a full understanding of the patient journey in order to foster quality cancer care from the point of diagnosis.
Each pathway identifies specific points and recommended care at each stage. WCMICS is working alongside its health services to implement the OCPs to help clinicians identify the steps and recommended patient care at each stage.
For more information please visit the Cancer Council website
For health professionals: Clinical OCPs and Quick reference guides can be found in the Health Professionals section of the Cancer Council website
Annual Funding Program
The principal aim of the WCMICS Funding Program is to provide seed funding for innovative quality improvement and/or service redesign projects undertaken at our constituent health services that will improve the cancer patient outcomes.
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Victorian Chemotherapy Services Redesign Project
The original project
"Following a successful project conducted at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in 2011 (12), where multi-disciplinary staff collaborated to improve the efficiency of their CDU by developing a suite of performance measures to inform targeted interventions, the Department of Health called for ‘Expressions of Interest’ for up to 8 health services to collaborate in a Victorian Chemotherapy Services Redesign Project (VCSRP). A key driver for the establishment of this project was to test the broader application of the measures in a diverse range of CDUs to see if others could replicate the measures, gain insights into local systems constraints and then apply the leanings to achieve similar efficiencies."
Source: Final Report: Key Messages and Executive Summary
Phase I - 2013
Sites who participated included Bendigo Health, Western Health, Peninsula Health, Ballarat Health, Easter Health (Box Hill, Maroondah and Yarra Ranges sites), Barwon Health and South West Health.
Phase II - 2015
Following the success of the Phase I statewide project, a further 7 sites were selected to participate in Phase II. These included Mildura Base Hospital, Albury Wodonga Health, Goulburn Valley Health, Northern Health, Wimmera Health Care Group, Northeast Health Wangaratta, Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne.
CDU Flow Manager is a fully customised database built in Microsoft Access which supports the automation of a series of useful CDU performance management reports. The tool has a corresponding chair-side data collection sheet with a series of data points that need to be collected in real time by the CDU nurse as a chair-side audit. CDU Flow Manager automatically generates key information on patient flow activity such as CDU chair utilisation, patient waiting times on the day of treatment and time lost to a number of delay reasons. Data entry into the system is simple and can be done in either real time if there is ready access to a computer or at the completion of a treatment day by either nursing or administrative staff. Data entry is estimated to take approximately 30 seconds per patient.
This tool was developed in 2013 by WCMICS for the Victorian Chemotherapy Services Redesign Project.
For access to the tool, user documentation, and the Community of Practice workspace, please log in or register via the buttons at the top right corner of the screen.
New users will be required to complete the terms and conditions of use, and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to approval.