Nidal Bittar

Mr Nidal Bittar, Consultant Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, is the Chair of the Lancashire & South Cumbria Lung Cancer Network Site Specific Group (NSSG).

The role and purpose of the Lung NSSG is to improve the experience and outcomes of cancer care for Lung patients in the Lancashire & South Cumbria Network. This involves consideration of strategies and plans for service improvement and service development across the patient pathway, incorporating all aspects of care at appropriate stages of the patient's journey. The aim is to achieve the best possible outcomes and best quality of life for all patients who use Lung cancer services within the Network.

The Lung NSSG:
• Is the Network's primary source of clinical opinion on issues relating to Lung cancer for the Network
• Is the Group with corporate responsibility for co-ordination and consistency across the Network for policy, practice guidelines, audit, research and service improvement relating to Lung cancer.
• Will consult with the relevant cross-cutting Network groups on issues involving chemotherapy, cancer imaging, histopathology and laboratory investigation and specialist palliative care; and with the Head of Service on issues involving radiotherapy.

Members of the NSSG will be responsible for feeding back information/decisions from the NSSG to their clinical and managerial colleagues.

Patient Information Leaflets : the Lung Cancer Nurse Forum have developed a set of patient information leaflets for use across the Network