Latest news for health and social care professionals
Stay up to date with the latest news and updates for health and social care professionals from Macmillan. Check back each month for new stories.
Nominations open for Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards 2015
Do you know a Macmillan professional or team who’s gone above and beyond to help people affected by cancer? By nominating them for a Macmillan Professionals Excellence Award, you can make sure they get the recognition they deserve.
Up to three awards will be given in each of the four categories:
Service Improvement Excellence (individual award)
Innovation Excellence (individual award)
Integration Excellence (individual award)
Team Excellence (team award – the team must include at least one Macmillan professional)
All the winners selected by our judging panel will be invited to a high-profile ceremony on Thursday 5 November. We’ll also appoint up to three fellows from the people who receive individual awards.
For more information on how to nominate, and to watch our short video about the awards, visit macmillan.org.uk/professionalsawards. The deadline for submissions is 31 March – but you and your managers are encouraged to go online now and start your nominations early.
Learning and development
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Revised L&D frameworks launched
As mentioned in our last issue of Mac Mail, we’ve listened carefully to your feedback on our L&D offer this year and have developed the programme so it now covers five new frameworks:
Leadership and change
Emotional wellbeing and resilience
The changing cancer environment
Living with the Impact of Cancer
Palliative care and supporting end of life
To help explain the changes and their benefits for you, we’ve put together this short animation.
Coaching programme returns after successful pilot
Launched last year, the Macmillan Professionals Coaching Programme aims to guide and challenge you during and beyond times of workforce, organisational or service change. Through it we aim to support your role and service development, and help you to meet work challenges.
Applications are now open for the 2015 programme. It consists of six two-hour coaching meetings, spread over approximately six months. We feel strongly that coaching can benefit individuals at all points of their career, so the opportunity is open to all levels, across all roles.
Some of the outcomes participants achieved in our pilot programme included improvements to their leadership skills, confidence and assertiveness, their levels of motivation and job satisfaction, their relationships with colleagues, and more.
For details on the coaching offer and how to apply, head to learnzone.org.uk/coaching.
Now accepting grant applications for 2015
The start of the new year also gives you access to a new grant allowance. You can apply for up to two individual grants in 2015, with a total maximum value of £1,000. These can be used to support L&D opportunities such as attending conferences and study days, or doing a master’s degree.
Additionally, a group or team of professionals (featuring at least one Macmillan professional) can apply for one grant, with a value of up to £5,000, for buying in or developing bespoke training.
For more information and to apply, visit grants.learnzone.org.uk. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact your Macmillan development manager or learning and development manager.
Selection of upcoming courses
Our courses cover a wide range of topics but all have one thing in common: they’re designed to support you in your role so you can continue providing outstanding treatment and care to people affected by cancer. Here are a few of the face-to-face courses taking place over the coming months.
You can view and sign up for all courses at learnzone.org.uk.
12 March, London
25 March, Antrim, Northern Ireland
26 March, Guildford
Service improvement skills
12 March, Leeds
26 March, London
The self-aware leader
16 April, Antrim, Northern Ireland
Working with bereaved children
27 April, Bristol
Read the positive feedback from the attendees of the Presentation skills course:
'Lots of practical tips, excellent course. I really enjoyed it even though I was dreading it.'
'Valued all the techniques the trainers shared, they will help immensely when presenting in the future.'
'Trainer was well-organised, he made us feel at ease quickly. Lots of useful insights into presenting material well.'
Other ways to get involved
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Westminster Parliament event to provide insight into staff and patient experiences
We believe in a health service that protects the dignity of all patients, while giving staff the support they need to deliver this. To raise awareness of this and campaign for change, we’re hosting an event in Westminster where we’ll launch our new report ‘The people behind cancer care: patient and staff stories’, which highlights the experiences of cancer patients and staff working in the NHS.
The event will be held from 12–3pm on Wednesday 25 February in the House of Commons. MPs and key government officials will be invited to discuss the report and meet patients and staff. And we’re looking for dedicated Macmillan professionals like yourself to come along and provide insight into compassionate care in the NHS.
If you’d be interested in taking part, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 13 February.
NHS England has announced a new independent cancer taskforce
The taskforce will develop a five-year action plan for cancer services, that will improve survival rates and save thousands of lives. Harpal Kumar, the CEO of Cancer Research UK is chairing the task force, which also includes Juliet Bouverie, Director of Services and Influencing from Macmillan. The taskforce has been asked to deliver the vision set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View and will work across the entire health system.
It will consider prevention, first contact with services, diagnosis, treatment, support for those living with and beyond cancer, end-of-life care, the research environment in the NHS as well as how all these services will need to develop and innovate in future. It will assess the opportunity for improved cancer care by March 2015 and produce a new five-year cancer strategy by the summer.
The taskforce would like input on the following:
The three commitments that you would like to see in a new cancer strategy that would significantly improve cancer services for patients/the health of the public, referencing any relevant evidence and costing information.
Examples of good practice in cancer services that you would like to see replicated across the country.
The biggest barrier to improving cancer services.
If you have any additional thoughts that don’t fit into the above then please do share these as well.
Please send your thoughts to email@example.com by Friday 27th February.
Network, share and connect after your Macmillan role ends
We often hear that you’re proud of your work with Macmillan and would like to stay involved after your post ends, whether you move onto another role or retire. Now there’s an easy way for you to do just that: with our new Macmillan Alumni programme, exclusively for former Macmillan professionals.
The programme gives you the opportunity to network and share your knowledge and experience with other cancer and palliative care professionals from across the UK. And by keeping in touch with us, you can continue to impact our work far into the future.
To find out more about the programme, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. It would be great if you could also help us spread awareness by forwarding this message on to any previous Macmillan professionals you used to work with.
Website redesign underway
We’re making some changes to the Macmillan website that you’ll start to see this month. The updates include a more intuitive structure, more vibrant and practical page designs and integrated content. Our existing ‘How we can help’ and ‘Cancer information’ sections will also be replaced.
Additionally, new navigation and filtering tools will help people find relevant content more easily and are optimised for mobile, tablet and desktop.
The changes are available for you to preview right now – and we’d love to hear your feedback.
Changes to travel insurance information
Following feedback from people affected by cancer, we’ve made a few adjustments to the travel insurance information that we provide online and in our Getting travel insurance booklet.
The main change is that we no longer include details of specific travel insurance companies. Instead, we recommend people visit the Macmillan Online Community – including our travel insurance blog – to find out which firms other people affected by cancer have used and found helpful.
The new edition of Getting travel insurance is now available to order online and features a new chapter on finding travel insurance, plus a checklist and a comparison table to help people shop around and get quotes.
If you have any queries about these changes, please email email@example.com.
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