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)
Our consultant has been recognised for her compassionate care
Alison Birtle, Consultant Oncologist at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has been recognised for a national patient care award for the fantastic work she’s doing to provide compassionate care to patients.
Janette Whalley, the wife of one of Alison’s former patients who sadly died, nominated her for a Kate Granger Award for Compassionate Care.
The Kate Granger Awards for Compassionate Care are named after Dr Kate Granger, who sadly passed away in 2016 following a lengthy battle with cancer. Whilst undergoing treatment, Kate worked tirelessly to raise awareness around compassion in the NHS and talked about seeing the NHS through the eyes of a patient.
Janette said: “I nominated Alison for the award because during the period of Peter's long illness, she always treated both of us with the greatest understanding, kindness and compassion. During our many meetings with her, the care she showed towards him and the treatments that were offered were delivered with professional expertise. She never faltered and was always willing to go that extra mile to secure a treatment that may not have always been readily available. We always felt that Alison was treating Peter as a person and had his best interests at heart. She is a great lady and a true professional; her care, compassion and expertise, I believe, is second to none.”
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 152 five star reviews on the website since September 2016 from people she has cared for.
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. I am humbled that my patients take the time to give such wonderful feedback about my care for them.”