Macmillan Consultant Radiographer for Palliative Radiotherapy
Musgrove Park Hospital
With more people living with treatable but not curable cancer, the need for palliative radiotherapy is increasing. However, palliative radiotherapy services aren’t always seen as important as more radical curative treatment services. Patients who need it for symptom management often have long waiting times and have to endure more basic treatment techniques. Linda, a Macmillan Consultant Radiographer, is striving to deliver a better – and fairer – patient experience in Taunton.
Linda has achieved two UK firsts in her role: she wrote the first comprehensive evidence-based palliative radiotherapy protocol and helped to form a multidisciplinary team to peer review palliative radiotherapy treatments. On top of this, she developed an outreach service that supports patients to maintain their dignity, reduce their hospital visits, retain their autonomy and die well.
Thanks to Linda’s innovations, patients who need palliative radiotherapy treatment now receive ever-improving treatment techniques and the best possible outcomes.
‘There are so many patients who need symptom management, but nobody should have to wait to be seen,’ she says.
If you have any questions about Linda’s work, please email Susan Littler, Partnership Quality Lead.