A specialist cancer unit on the Wirral has been rated 'outstanding' in all areas by health inspectors.
The report said the Clatterbridge centre had 'some of the most advanced techniques and equipment in the country'.
The Care Quality Commission inspected the Merseyside specialist cancer centre in June 2016 and found staff were “enthusiastic and willing to go the extra mile”.
The inspectors also praised the leadership of the Trust, its clear strategy, and a number of treatment innovations that have been introduced.
They included a rapid chemotherapy chair to speed up waiting times and the Chemotherapy at Home programme, which sees cancer patients being treated in their own homes.
The inspectors said of the latter: “This service embodied the overall Trust and service vision of providing the best cancer care to their patients.”
Also singled out for praise was the prescribing of Adjuvant Zoledronatec - or bisphosphonates – a bone strengthening drug that has been found to prevent the spread of some newly diagnosed breast cancers and is the subject of a campaign by a cancer charity to make it more widely available.
The CQC said this innovation was “market leading” and ensured “patients with breast cancer were receiving the very latest evidence based treatment to reduce their risk of death and reoccurrence”.
In chemotherapy staff were praised for being passionate and committed.
In radiotherapy, the inspectors reported the equipment and techniques “were some of the most advanced in the country”. Here they also found a robust leadership which contributed to a culture of improvement, and said patients were “extremely complementary about the service”.
They added: “We spoke with the parents of a child who was having radiotherapy; they said the treatment and care their child had received was exemplary especially by the specialist radiographer.”
The teenage and young adult unit was singled out for enabling family to stay overnight with patients, and holding monthly peer group meetings, like pizza evenings or afternoon tea.
At their radiotherapy treatment centre in Aintree, the inspectors highlighted a group of volunteers who organised events and activities for patients to improve their well-being.
The inspectors rated end of life care as good, noting the services were led by a dedicated specialist palliative care consultant and team of specialist nurses with a clear vision.
The report also noted the fact the Trust has a “wide portfolio of research and was involved in both treatment and data trials”.