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.
Save the date: Macmillan Professionals Conference and Awards 2015
This year’s annual Macmillan Professionals Conference will take place in Birmingham, on 11-12 November. For the first time, day delegate places will be available for those who would prefer to only attend on one day.
The Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards ceremony will take place during the evening of Thursday 12 November.
Please save the date now, and look out for further information and registration details in September’s issue of Mac Mail.
BMJ awards Palliative Care Team of the Year to the BAWC Last Year of Life Project
This year, Macmillan sponsored the Palliative Care Team of the Year award at the BMJ Awards which took place on Wednesday 6 May. The winners were the Bradford, Airedale, Wharfdale and Craven Palliative Care Managed Clinical Network, a team which includes Wali Nazar, a Macmillan Ethnic Liaison Worker.
The team delivered an innovative and collaborative programme called the Last Year of Life Project, which set out to improve identification of people approaching end of life, using electronic systems to record people’s preferences about their care. They introduced a 24-hour telephone advisory service which directs callers to a senior nurse with full access to their records, care plans, and notes, who can offer them advice, reassurance, or send out a community nurse or doctor.
In 2014, of the 200 calls made over six months, only one resulted in a hospital or hospice admission. It was estimated that 89 admissions or A&E attendances were avoided.
For more information on the awards and winners, download a copy of the brochure.
Special recognition and congratulations goes out to the award runners up – the Specialist Palliative Care Team at Royal Surrey County Hospital, including Jo Thompson. And to all Macmillan professionals within shortlisted teams, including Dr Ian Fenwick and Professor Bill Heald who were part of the nominated team for the innovation category.
International Journal of Palliative Nursing Awards
The International Journal of Palliative Nursing Awards 2015, in collaboration with Macmillan, are open for nominations. The awards celebrate excellence in the work of palliative care and are a great opportunity to recognise you, your team or your colleagues achievements and share good practice.
There is an enormous amount to celebrate, and the nominations demonstrate fantastic quality, dedication to patients and innovations in service. The winners will be announced at the awards evening on the 14 September 2015. Click here to enter now. Entries close 10 July 2015.
If you or Macmillan colleagues have recently been nominated for an award, we’d love to hear from you.
Outcomes from Macmillan Cancer Course for Practice Nurses
Evidence shows that practice nurses are ideally positioned to carry out holistic cancer care assessments because they already see patients with other life-limiting illnesses. To help increase practice nurses’ confidence in seeing people with cancer, Macmillan’s developed a unique course.
Over 250 practice nurses have already attended the course, which covers topics such as treatment pathways, living with cancer, difficult conversations, nutrition and cancer.
After completing the course, a group of nurses in Solihull said they felt much more confident in discussing cancer with patients and in directing people to other sources of support if needed. One said: ‘I’ve been a practice nurse for many years and attended many courses. This is by far the best course I’ve been on and I wish I’d done something like this sooner.’
For more information, please email Paul Lees.
One-to-One Support pilot evaluation report
Macmillan has just completed a two year pilot project across 16 sites in the UK looking to support a more holistic approach to cancer care.
The One-to-One Support pilot project funded four new Macmillan roles that sat alongside the existing cancer workforce, comprising Complex Case Managers, Community Nurses, Primary Care Nurses and Support Workers.
The final evaluation report indicates that by working together they have given people with cancer the time and guidance they required to identify their concerns, manage their own care and take back control.
This has also had the positive outcome of helping to improve patient experience at the pilot sites. Please visit our research and evaluation page to find out more about the project and download the report.
Discussion groups for the Shape of Caring: Advanced practice and specialist nursing
The Shape of Caring project run by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) aims to highlight the contribution of advanced practice and specialist nursing, and seeks to strengthen and increase this.
The project will explore the generic attributes of nurses working at advanced levels, collate current knowledge around support and impact, and identify future needs, for example in education preparation and career pathways.
Discussion groups are being held in June to gain insights from nurses to enable further refinement of the attributes, whilst also exploring current and future issues.
11 June, 2–4pm, Northern Ireland
12 June, 9.30am–2.30pm, Leeds
15 June, 10.30am–3.30pm, London
16 June, 9.30am–2.30pm, Exeter
1 July, timing TBC, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough
You don’t have to be an RCN member to take part, so we encourage you to email Karen Rapley for further details and to reserve a place.
Care after Death: guidance for staff responsible for care after death
The second edition of Care after Death: guidance for staff responsible for care after death is now available on the Hospice UK on-line publications catalogue. The guidance was authored by Jo Wilson, a Macmillan Nurse Consultant.
Supporting young people who look after someone with cancer
In the UK there are around 177,000 children and young people aged 12-18, who provide some level of unpaid care to another family member with a disability or cancer.
Being a young cancer carer can have a significant impact on a person’s emotional and physical well-being. Our new resources ‘A guide for young people looking after someone with cancer’ and a film based on the experiences of young people cover some of the practical and emotional issues they might face when caring for someone with cancer.
Please signpost any young carers to these resources and visit our Young Carers page for more information.
Learning and development
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New course: Collecting and Analysing Data
Learn ways to collect information, including questionnaires, interviews, focus groups and creative methods on this intermediate one day course. Attendees will also consider what tools would best meet the needs of you and your stakeholders.
By the end of this course you will know more about good practice for commonly used data collection methods, be able to apply successful monitoring and evaluating to your work and have developed skills to evidence the difference your work makes.
On completion of this course you will be offered up to 2 hours of one-to-one support to help you to apply the learnings to your service.
Learn more about this course.
Selection of upcoming courses
There are a range of courses taking place across the UK over the coming months – here are just a few to whet your appetite.
Places available all over the UK:
You can view and sign up for all courses on the Learn Zone website.
Macmillan Survivorship Project Implementation Manager
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Macmillan Survivorship Implementation Lead to project manage and lead the review and implementation of pathway redesign, (initially for breast and prostate cancer) within Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and primary care. It will also support the implementation of survivorship and Recovery Package more widely across Berkshire.
The project aims to redesign the breast cancer pathway to improve patient experience and to streamline follow up services using a risk stratification approach.
It is envisaged the project lead will assist the MDT to offer a different way of working in conjunction with patient choice, ensuring access to breast services is maintained.
You will be a compassionate health care professional with exceptional communication skills enabling you to develop and maintain communication with patients and staff on complex matters, issues and ideas. You will have the skills to appraise, interpret and apply suggestions, recommendations and directives to improve services with the patients at the centre of care, and experience in project management.
Please contact Mark Gatfield, Directorate Manager on 0118 322 7511 or 07769 741281 to discuss the role or arrange a visit.
Job opportunites at Macmillan
Do you feel like it’s time for a new challenge, or just a change? Then perhaps one of these opportunities
at Macmillan’s offices around the country will appeal to you.
Invitation to Westminster Parliamentary Summer Receptions
We’re looking for Macmillan professionals to attend two events this summer at the House of Commons.
On Wednesday 1 July, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer is holding a reception to discuss the future of cancer care with MPs and other charities.
Then on Wednesday 9 September Macmillan is hosting our annual Macmillan Question Time, a panel discussion with Ministers and MPs, with a reception to follow.
To register your interest for either event please email Rebecca Leech. All travel expenses will be paid but you will need to cater for your accommodation.
New guide for young people affected by cancer
We’ve recently launched a new booklet for young people affected by cancer. It replaces I’m still me and gives young people aged 12–25 information on what cancer is and how it can be treated. It also offers them tips on dealing with feelings, and coping with changes to their body and relationships.
Do you support any young people affected by cancer? You can order the guide online.
Cancer information now available as e-books
Please tell the people you support that they can now access some of our cancer information as e-books. A few of the titles currently available include:
Coping with fatigue
The cancer guide
Getting travel insurance
Healthy eating and cancer
All our resources are available at be.macmillan.
New resource to help empower people living with cancer
Cancer treatment can affect bowel and bladder function, which is hugely debilitating and can even result in people feeling housebound. To give people the much-needed confidence to go out we've created a free wallet-sized toilet card. Designed to be easily carried, it conveys that a person’s need for the toilet is urgent and a result of cancer treatment.
To order the toilet card and other resources on consequences of treatment, visit be.Macmillan.
Carers week (8 -14 June)
National Men's Health Week (15-21 June)
Parliamentary reception (1 July)
International Journal of Palliative Nursing Awards – entry submission deadline (10 July)
Save the date
Macmillan Professionals Conference and Awards (11-12 November)
Download your copy of the latest Policy Update.
Please share this page with your Macmillan and non-Macmillan colleagues to help us ensure as many professionals as possible are kept up to date about Macmillan’s work and helpful tools to help them in their work with people affected by cancer.