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Macmillan Cancer Support funds physiotherapists’ metastatic spinal cord compression work

23 October 2013 - 1:57pm

Macmillan Cancer Support is funding two physiotherapists in a role intended to standardise the management and care of patients with cancer in south Wales.

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Macmillan is funding Kate Baker and Kathryn Elias in metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC) service improvement

Kate Baker and Kathryn Elias will job share as the metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC) service improvement lead for the South Wales Cancer Network.

After an initial scoping session, the pair will set up a treatment pathway, based on 2008 National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance. They will also introduce an education programme for healthcare staff, including physiotherapists, and aimed particularly at GPs working in A&E.

Healthcare staff will be given advice on recognising the signs of MSCC and informed of the appropriate treatment pathway.

Ms Baker and Ms Elias’ role covers six health boards and one trust, with a population of 2.3 million.

‘It’s a massive goal but we think it’s achievable, and it shows the diversity of what physios can do,’ said Ms Baker.

‘To be honest, when I went into physiotherapy 10 years ago I didn’t envisage that I would end up doing this.’

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