Regional networking of services was one of the key recommendations in the National Cancer Strategy. It states that in order for patients to have the optimum care, streamlining of cancer services on a regional basis is essential. As such the development of the Regional Oncology Programme Office has provided many useful examples of how to develop initiatives that enable successful regional cancer projects. The aim is to coordinate and consolidate the efforts among cancer care professionals on the ground and to optimize resources.
The Regional Oncology Programme Office’s (ROPO), main remit is the improvement and development of cancer services throughout the Region. Under the leadership of the Regional Cancer Director it comprised of 7 institutions including: The Adelaide and Meath Hospital Incorporating the National Children’s Hospital, Dublin 24 www.amnch.ie , Naas General Hospital, Co. Kildare www.naashospital.ie , Our Lady’s Hospital, Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6 www.olh.ie ,Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, Dublin 12 www.olhsc.ie, Peamont Hospital, Newcastle, Co. Dublin www.peamount.ie, St. James’s Hospital, Dublin 8 www.stjames.ie, The Coombe Women’s Hospital, Dublin 8 www.coombe.ie In the provision of cancer services, it obviously has collaborative links with St Luke’s Hospital, for radiotherapy services.
Located in St. James’s Hospital this office has developed into a centre for streamlining the services throughout the Region. It is intended that it can be used as a resource to enable and mobilise efforts in cancer care services among the institutions in the area of communications, health education, service improvement and advocacy. Aiding in the management educational initiatives, expansion of the cancer audit information system, it functions as a focal point for building strong collaborative relationships with Regional and National bodies.
|Regional Oncology Communications & Health Promotions Officer||Ms. Hilary Craig||(01) 410 email@example.com|