Multidisciplinary Team (MDT)
What is a multidisciplinary (MDT) review?
To ensure you are receiving the best possible care, our NET team meet together to review each individual case. The pooling of different types of expertise is designed to help reach the best decision on the most appropriate treatment for you and your care.
All of our specialists are involved in diagnosing your cancer, treating your cancer, managing symptoms and side effects, assisting you with your feelings or concerns during your treatment.
This method mirrors the national guidelines presented by, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the NHS Cancer Plan that recommend the treatment of everyone with cancer should be managed by a multidisciplinary team.
Who makes up an MDT?
WELLNET has brought together a team of dedicated health professionals who work together to diagnose, treat and support patients with Neuroendocrine Tumours. The team is made up of a combination of healthcare professionals with each member of the team contributing different skills and experience that are important in managing your care.
Our team includes:
- NETs Consultants
- Clinical Nurse Specialist; Highly trained senior nurses who are able to offer patients information regarding NETs care and treatments, this includes practical advice and psychological support for both patients and their families. Advanced training and years of experience help them guide our patients throughout their care from diagnosis, through to treatment and ongoing care.
In some circumstances other healthcare professionals may also need to be involved with your treatment, we also have available:
- Inpatient Physiotherapists
Help treat people with physical problems that have been caused by they’re illness.
- Occupational Therapists
Help treat people who have trouble moving around or doing everyday tasks such as dressing, washing or cooking.
Work together with patients to help advise and educate them if they need to adapt their diet or follow a special diet during or after medical treatment.
- Speech Therapists
Help patients to overcome communication and swallowing difficulties.
- Oncology Pharmacists
Provide pharmaceutical care and advice for patients with cancer.
What happens at a multidisciplinary meeting?
During the MDT meeting the team will review your medical history, scans and test results. Personal or other health information that you have disclosed to any member of the team, including your general practitioner, may be shared at the meeting if relevant to your treatment, unless you request otherwise.
All meeting attendees are bound by the same confidentiality as would be the case in face-to-face consultation.
What happens after the meeting?
After the meeting, your Consultant, who is managing your care, will arrange and appointment to tell you what course of action the team recommends. At this meeting you will have the opportunity to discuss any concerns and ask questions, you will also be able to specify any preferences you have for treatment.
The final decision about your treatment plan is made in consultation with you. Our Clinical Nurse Specialist will also be available for support and can offer a variety of written information to help you reach a decision.
What if I have a question?
If you have any questions about your team, or about the meeting at which your case will be discussed, your Consultant managing your care will be happy to answer any questions.
You will also have access to a Clinical Nurse Specialist who will be your Key Worker throughout your treatment. She coordinates all aspects of a patient’s care from diagnosis and treatment to recovery.
During your treatment you will provided with the direct contact details for the Clinical Nurse Specialist should you have any queries or questions.
What if I have more questions?
The NET team feel that it is very important all your questions about your care are answered and that you have all the information you need to make informed decisions. If you have additional questions or concerns that are not addressed on this website please do not hesitate to contact our NET Unit on 0207 483 5854.