Job Title: Consultant Clinical Oncologist and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer
Department: Cancer (oncology)
Telephone Number: 01772 524762
Primary Medical Qualifications: MB BS MRCP FRCR MD
Other Qualifications: BSc
Year of Registration: 1992
GMC Number: 2674862
Career History: General medical and specialist registrar oncology training undertaken in London Charing Cross and Westminster. MD Thesis completed at the Institute of Urology, University College London, and Academic Urology Unit, Royal Marsden Hospital. Currently working as a Consultant Clinical Oncologist for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Specialist Areas: Prostate, testicular and bladder tumours
Specialist Interests: Chemotherapy of urological tumours; targeted therapy; radiotherapy developments
Research Interests: Member NCRI prostate clinical study group and bladder clinical study group. Phase 2 and 3 studies of systemic therapy in urological cancers, chemoradiation and radiotherapy advances in urological tumours; survivorship
Clinics: Oncology Clinic
Languages Spoken: English
Awards and Prizes: Distinctions in MBBS in pathology, obstetrics, medicine, and clinical pharmacology; Humphrey Arthurer prize for final MB BS; Geoffrey Pegrum memorial fund travel scholarship; British Medical & Dental Students Trust Award for Elective Study; 3M Healthcare Award for Elective Essay; Best scientific paper, British Association of Urological Surgeons annual meeting (2005); Best clinical paper, British Prostate Group (2004); Royal College of Radiologists Annual Scientific meeting junior forum presentation prize (2000); Appointed Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer University of Manchester (2007)
Consultant recognised for compassionate care
Alison Birtle, Consultant Oncologist at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has been awarded for the fantastic work that she is doing to provide compassionate care to patients.
Alison has also been awarded an iWantGreatCare Certificate of Excellence because of her consistently good patient feedback. The iWantGreatCare website is a patient feedback forum so that people can share their experiences of the care they have received.
Alison has received a fantastic 184 five star reviews on the website since October 2016 from people she has cared for, and has received this great accolade multiple times due to her consistent focus on patient care. The score includes factors such as whether the patient would recommend the person, whether they trusted them and how good they were at listening.
Alison said, “At a time when we are always so busy in the NHS and with so many patients to look after, it is so important to remember why we went into medicine: to be empathic and to care. Patients should be at the heart al what we do. Sometimes it is challenging to remember that when we have so many pressures but, by doing so, that makes you a better doctor and a better person. I am humbled that my patients take the time to give such wonderful feedback about my care for them.”
Karen Partington, Chief Executive at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals said: “This is an absolutely brilliant achievement and shows how committed Alison is in going above and beyond in caring for her patients and ensuring they have the best experience possible at a difficult time.”