Black Box organisation

The Blackbox is a method of departmental organization that permits the differences of the departments to disappear and the commonalities dominate. As previously described on the previous page, all oncological specialties go through 5 common processes, where the major difference is in what might be called "Treatment Preparation", as listed below:

Sub-specialty therapy used Registration Consultation Treatment Preparation Type of Treatment Preparation Treatment Follow up
RADIATION ONCOLOGY external beam radiotherapy tick! tick! tick! Simulation/ Planning tick! tick!
RADIATION ONCOLOGY brachytherapy tick! tick! tick! Simulation/ Planning tick! tick!
RADIATION ONCOLOGY unsealed source therapy tick! tick! tick! hot lab preparation tick! tick!
RADIATION ONCOLOGY hormone therapy tick! tick! tick! pharmacy tick! tick!
MEDICAL ONCOLOGY chemotherapy tick! tick! tick! pharmacy tick! tick!
MEDICAL ONCOLOGY immunotherapy tick! tick! tick! pharmacy tick! tick!
MEDICAL ONCOLOGY biological therapy tick! tick! tick! pharmacy tick! tick!
MEDICAL ONCOLOGY gene therapy tick! tick! tick! pharmacy tick! tick!
MEDICAL ONCOLOGY hormone therapy tick! tick! tick! pharmacy tick! tick!
SURGICAL ONCOLOGY operation tick! tick! tick! anaesthetic assessment tick! tick!

So, irrespective of our department and our particular procedures, the overarching processes are identical. The other corollary of this is that, irrespective of the procedural activity inside the 'black box' of my particular Registration process, the data exiting this 'black box' will probably be close to identical in all units. So if we specify the process and its output, the way this is attained can be determined individually. The following pages deal with inputs and outputs from the 'black box' process. Fortunately though both of these only need be specified for the first and last processes, because the output of the first process is NECESSARILY the input into the second process, and so on down the line. The basic processes of Registration, Consultation, Treatment Preparation, Treatment and Follow Up are detailed in the links below.