1. Understanding the current position.
The exercise of C‑PORT implementation has proved valuable, in itself, at the participating centres since it has brought together staff from different departments in a collaborative planning exercise. C‑PORT has facilitated the collection, analysis and interpretation of data from multiple sources in a way that has not previously been possible. This process has lead to greater inter-departmental communication, collaboration and understanding.
2. Modelling the effects of potential change.
“Scenario planning”, undertaken using C‑PORT, has proven to be a safe and useful tool for capacity planning. There is clear evidence emerging to suggest that C‑PORT can help to avoid “bottle-necks” and smooth day-to-day delivery of chemotherapy services which, in turn, has a beneficial effect on the patient experience within the treatment pathway and also on staff morale.
3. Planning for increased and better chemotherapy services.
Experience to date has shown C‑PORT to be effective in planning for the introduction of new drug regimens (for example new drugs approved by NICE in the UK) through to planning for a “new build” chemotherapy unit. Quantitative data are also emerging to suggest that C‑PORT scenario planning can yield circa 10% improvement in efficiency without the need for additional resource.