Telephone Triage Toolkit for Children’s Cancer Services: A quality initiative

Jeanette Hawkins, Philippa Jones, Bernie McShane, Helen Morris, Louise Ollett, Linda Sanderson

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Service development to improve patient safety and experience, and improve staff safety and confidence when managing telephone calls from parents or carers of children with cancer in the UK.

A multi-layered mixed methods approach broadly based on sequential PDSA (plan, do, study, act) cycles, to a series of quality initiative projects spanning 14 years. Various project styles and methods are described.

A Telephone Triage Toolkit for children's cancer services was piloted, reviewed and rolled out across the UK. Similarities were identified between adult and paediatric cancer services when identifying the case for need, enabling partnership working. A scheduled review completed in 2020 included new developments in cancer treatment, building on user experience, local audits and national feedback, leading to a 2nd edition being implemented.

Ground up, quality initiatives and collaborative working across organisations can be complex but draws on a wider pool of expertise and can lead to improved parent and staff experience of services. This initiative has improved practice and has application outside the UK.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102036
Number of pages13
JournalEuropean Journal of Oncology Nursing
Early online date14 Sep 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2022


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