Facts about the Haematology Multi-disciplinary Team (MDT)

  • Reference Number: HEY-980/2018
  • Departments: Haematology, Oncology (Cancer Services)

Introduction

This leaflet has been produced to give you information about the Haematology Multi-disciplinary Team. Most of your questions should be answered by this leaflet.  It is not meant to replace discussion between you and your healthcare team, but may act as a starting point for discussion.

What is a Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT)?

The Multi-disciplinary team (MDT) is a team of healthcare professionals with the necessary skills to diagnose and treat patients with haematological disorders (disorders of the blood and also cancers such as leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma).

Why does my case need to be discussed at an MDT?

Due to the complex nature of many blood disorders, there may be a number of tests needed and treatment options available. More than one specialist is likely to be involved in your care.

It is essential that everyone involved in the assessment and planning of your care can share their expertise and understanding about your case. You may not personally meet all the members of the MDT, but they hold a weekly meeting at which all new patients are discussed. At this meeting the team will consider and discuss the most appropriate investigations and treatment for you.

Who attends an MDT?

The MDT includes a number of highly skilled healthcare professionals. It provides a place for all people concerned with your care to come together to talk specifically about your case, determine the treatment options for you and to agree the best course of treatment.

Some of the members of the MDT involved in your care will include:

Haematology Consultants – Doctors who are experts in haematological disorders.

Haematology Malignancy Diagnostic Service in Leeds (HMDS) – A specialised laboratory which examines blood, bone marrow or other biopsy specimens to determine the exact type of the haematological disorder.

Radiologists – Doctors who are expert in looking at x-rays and body scans which can provide important information for diagnosing and treating your disorder.

Clinical Oncologists – Consultants who are experts in radiotherapy.

Haematology Clinical Nurse Specialists – Nurses who are expert in the care, support and clinical management of people with haematological disorders. Nurse specialists also act as advocates for patients within the MDT.

Research Nurses – Nurses who are responsible for providing information to patients about clinical trials, supporting and organising treatment and giving follow up care whilst on such trials.

The MDT Co-ordinator – A member of the team who co-ordinates the meeting, records the outcomes of the meeting and ensures that the data required by NHS England is collected.

How do I find out the results of the MDT discussions?

The team meets once a week on a Tuesday afternoon. On some occasion one of the MDT Team may arrange for the Clinical Nurse Specialist to contact you by telephone after this meeting. However, for the majority of patients the outcome of this meeting will be discussed with you face to face at your next appointment. Some patients like to bring a friend or relative to this appointment as an “extra pair of ears” and provide further support.

If you are an inpatient at the Queens Centre, at the time of the MDT discussion, a Doctor or Clinical Nurse Specialist will visit you on the ward to discuss the outcome with you.

Occasionally, patients may need to start treatment urgently before their case is discussed at the MDT. This decision will be based on treatment priorities and will be made by at least two consultants from the MDT team.  If this happens your case will still be discussed at the next MDT for completeness.  If, following the MDT there are any further recommendations or changes to your treatment this will be discussed with you.

Useful CONTACT Numbers

Should you require further advice about the issues contained in this leaflet, please do not hesitate to contact the Haematology Clinical Nurse Specialist Team: (01482) 461087

This is an answerphone, so if you could please leave your name, telephone number and your NHS or HEY number.

If you are worried or have any questions, your team of doctors and nurses (or research nurse if you are on a clinical trial) are there to help. Your haematology Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) will act as your key worker throughout your care and will be a point of contact for information, support and advice.  Your Key Worker/CNS will also provide a link between yourself and the other MDT members if you have any questions.

Under the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018 we are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of any information we hold about you. For further information visit the following page: Confidential Information about You.

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