Liverpool metastatic bone tumour service (LiMBS)
The LiMBS Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) is a specialist multiprofessional healthcare group that consists of Orthopaedic consultants (Mr Birender Kapoor, Mr Gunasekaran Kumar, Mr Saif Ul Islam and Mr Matthew Kent), tumour specialist radiologists, oncologists, clinical nurse specialists, physiotherapists and secretarial support. It is based at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The team has been managing patients with upper and lower limb metastatic bone tumours referred from various specialties within the Trust and other hospitals in Merseyside, Cheshire and Greater Manchester for the past 8 years. It works in close collaboration with the regional soft tissue Sarcoma MDT service.
LiMBS service provides a high quality patient centred service for patients with a suspected or working diagnosis of metastatic bone tumours.
Patients with metastatic tumours are living longer and active lives due to advancements in oncological diagnostics and medical treatments. The main goals of surgical treatment in bone metastases are to alleviate the pain, prevent an imminent fracture, treat pathological fracture, restore patient’s function and improve their quality of life.
The LiMBS Multidisciplinary team (MDT) is committed to ensuring an efficient and safe diagnostic and treatment pathway that is tailored to the individual patients’ needs.
Our goal is to ensure a co-ordinated, seamless approach to providing the highest standard of care and is committed to achieving this by:
- Standardising yet individualised treatment pathways for patients
- High quality MDT decision-making by experts in their field
- Standardising information given to patient / carers by all team members
- Clearly defined roles and responsibilities
- Collection of high quality data for the purpose of clinical audit
- Involvement in current research studies and trials
- Implementation of new research outcomes and best practice to enhance patient care
- Analysing data to improve service delivery.