Entec Si helps surgical robot project meet key milestone

01 September 2022 Consultancy.uk 2 min. read
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Entec Si has overseen preparatory work needed to accommodate an oncological robot at an NHS Trust in Worcestershire. The project will enable access to potentially life-saving treatment to conditions such as prostate cancer, via less invasive surgery techniques.

Julie Smith, Senior Consultant at Entec Si, commented, “Entec Si’s experience of understanding the complexities of managing change within healthcare environments has meant the successful construction of the new operating theatre ready for the robot. Not only has this been an inspiring project to oversee, but one that is incredibly important to the community in which it will serve. Understanding the importance of improving patient outcomes has been the thread that has kept this entire project so innovative, emotive and focused.”

Robot-assisted surgery is less invasive surgery, meaning the construction of an oncological robot at the Alexandra Hospital in Worcestershire will enable a better patient experience, with shorter stays in hospital, and less pain. This will also help provide a quicker road to recovery for patients with prostate cancer – the most common form of cancer in men in the UK.

Entec Si helps surgical robot project meet key milestone

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust initially enlisted the help of Birmingham-based change consultants, Entec Si, to help finalise the business case for the robot. However, following approval of the business case, Entec Si was subsequently commissioned to lead the implementation of the programme, accountable for the critical path across a number of workstreams.

This included refurbishment work such as renovating and reinforcing the theatre floor to take the weight of the new robot, as well as upgrading the ventilation system to cater to its additional functionality. With the construction work to support the introduction of the highly anticipated surgical robot now complete, Entec Si has handed the stablisation phase back over to the Trust.

Steve Goodyear, Divisional Director (Surgery) of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, noted, “Entec Si has been invaluable in the delivery of this project, helping us to demonstrate our commitment to providing the best experience for our patients. Its consultants have been fully engaged, committed and brought energy to this complex project, and we are incredibly grateful for their support. The successful delivery of the project will not only mean better care for patients but also help to make the Trust an even more attractive place to work and train clinical staff across a wide range of specialities.”

The project took an overall investment of around £3.6 million, including £500,000 raised by local communities. Senior clinicians aim to begin providing robot-assisted surgery at the Alexandra Hospital later in 2022.