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.
Macmillan team honoured with Cancer Nursing Award 2015
On Friday evening, the outstanding work of the Transforming Cancer Follow-Up Team at the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland was recognised at the Nursing Standard Nurse Awards, where they were presented with the Cancer Nursing Award 2015.
Macmillan was proud to sponsor the Award, which recognises nurses who care for and treat patients with cancer who can clearly demonstrate that their initiatives have led to a improvement in the delivery of cancer patient care. The event’s host, comedian and actor Rufus Hound, and Macmillan representative Grainne Kavanagh presented the award to Mary Jo Thompson, who was delighted to accept the award on behalf of the team. Mary Jo, Nurse Consultant at the Northern Ireland Cancer Network/ Public Health Agency led the team consisting of five Macmillan Project Managers, one in each Trust.
The Transforming Cancer Follow-Up Team has discarded the traditional one-size-fits-all aftercare model for people with breast cancer in favour of the Recovery Package. This approach is patient-centred and promotes self-management; reducing waiting times and improving patient experience. Currently, the team have used the Recovery Package for 58% of newly diagnosed breast cancer patients who have rapid access to their CNS if needed. They also won a Macmillan Team Excellence Award last November. You can read more and watch a video about their work here.
Local initiative for cancer patients gets national recognition
A 24-hour phone helpline set up to support people receiving cancer treatment in Shropshire has been highlighted by Nursing Standard as an example of innovation in acute oncology care.
The helpline, which is being funded for three years by Macmillan, is provided by Shropdoc and was set up in partnership with the oncology team at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust.
The project is co-ordinated by Angela Cooper, Macmillan Lead Chemotherapy Nurse, Dr Abel Zachariah, Consultant Oncologist, and Lynne Breakell, Nurse Practitioner and Project Lead.
People having cancer treatment can call the helpline if they experience any complications or side effects. A member of the Shropdoc team then assesses them over the phone and advises them on whether they should go to hospital. So far the service has been a huge success, taking 1,257 calls from January to September 2014.
Updating our records and prize draw winners
We would like to thank everyone who updated or confirmed their details with us recently. We received more than 2,500 responses, and are working hard to process them. Please bear with us in the meantime as we may still be using your old details.
In the prize draw, our first winner is Nicola Dann, Macmillan Neuro Onc & Sarcoma CNS from Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust in Reading who has won a £50 Amazon voucher. Our second prize winner, Paul Beadon, Macmillan Lead Clinical Psychologist from The Rowans Hospice in Waterlooville, has won a goody bag courtesy of Boots. Congratulations both.
If you haven’t yet responded but would like to update your details, please email us.
Learning and development
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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.
New Advance Care Planning toolkit
We’ve developed a new e-learning toolkit on Advance Care Planning (ACP) for professionals who support and care for people with progressive illnesses or who are reaching the end of their lives.
The toolkit covers a range of topics, including how to have conversations and the legalities of ACP. It also features useful links, video clips and reflective tasks. Additionally, there’s a video about ACP you can watch with the people you support, where appropriate, to introduce them to the ACP process.
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.
Sun Awareness Week
Sun Awareness Week takes place from 4–10 May, but you may receive enquiries about it throughout the month. To help you raise awareness on staying safe in the sun among the people you support, we offer a range of leaflets
and poster templates online
Dying Matters Awareness week
From the 18–24 May, we’re supporting Dying Matters Awareness Week, which encourages people to talk about death and bereavement. Being open and honest about end-of-life care, and planning in advance, is extremely important and can help people to die well.
To support people to make arrangements for their end-of-life care, we’ve created a booklet called Your life and your choices: plan ahead that’s available to order online.
Are you on Twitter? Then please also remember to tweet @MacEoLC and @macmillancancer, and use the hashtag #YODO (You Only Die Once), during Dying Matters Awareness Week.
Are you ready for Carers Week?
Carers Week takes place from 8–14 June and will focus on the theme ‘building carer-friendly communities’. We need your help to reach out to hidden carers in your area – and now’s the time to get planning.
Did you know you can pledge to hold an event in your community that helps signpost hidden carers to support? To find an event near you, or to register your own event, visit the Carers Week website.
To download posters and other materials to help you promote your event, visit the be.Macmillan website, or go to our website for details about the support we offer carers.
Save the date: International Nurses Day
International Nurses Day on 12 May marks 40 years since the first Macmillan professional was appointed. We want to join the RCN and other organisations to recognise the outstanding work of nurses and all health and social care professionals who make such a difference every day to people affected by cancer.
Look out for stories in the press and on our website on 12 May – including an interview with some Macmillan nurses talking about how the cancer journey has changed over the years.
First meeting of Special Interest Group on Oncology
As part of a new partnership with the British Geriatrics Society that aims to promote better integration between elderly care physicians and cancer care teams, Macmillan’s supported the creation of the UK’s first Special Interest Group on Oncology.
The group will hold its first meeting on 18 September at the Wellcome Collection in London. Co-sponsored by Macmillan, the CPD-accredited event is open to any healthcare professional with an interest in, or who is actively caring for, older people with cancer.
To register for the event, please email Selina Mehra.
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