PERFORMANCE: Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust has become the first to be reviewed against government standards for children’s paediatric oncology services.

A statement from the trust says: “Three years ago the government published standards for children’s paediatric oncology services with 200 measures against which they would be marked.

“The specialist centres needed to meet a set of standards to improve their departments and work towards becoming reviewed by their peers. Sheffield received £400,000 and spent the fund on supporting services such as psychology, dietetics and home nursing as well as developing outreach services to reduce the amount of travelling for patients outside Sheffield.”

A National Cancer Peer Review team visited Sheffield Children’s Foundation Trust for two days in June to review progress. Their recently published report said team work and leadership was strong and praised “a hard working, enthusiastic team providing excellent care for their patients”. It said the areas which most needed improvement were the recording of workload and duties.