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.
Campaign locally for Macmillan
If you live or work in Watford, Cambridge, Loughborough, Bristol West or Brighton Pavilion, and would like to raise any issues with your local election candidates, you can join us at a campaign event next week.
To find out more, visit the campaign website or email us .
Macmillan nurse wins BJN Oncology Nurse of the Year
Miranda Benney, Macmillan Uro-Oncology clinical nurse specialist (CNS) at Royal United Hospital in Bath, has been recognised by the British Journal of Nursing (BJN) after picking up their prestigious Oncology Nurse of the Year Award last month.
The event’s host Roy Lilley and Macmillan representative Nikki Cannon presented the award to Miranda, who was delighted to have won. Michelle Samson, Macmillan Lead Acute Oncology Haematology Nurse at North Bristol NHS Trust, was also a finalist. Congratulations to them both.
Miranda has been a Macmillan nurse for 15 years and in 2014 was also honoured with a Macmillan Professionals Excellence Award for Service Improvement Excellence. You can read more and watch a video about her achievements on the Macmillan website .
Revised code of standards for nurses
You may already know that the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s code of professional standards of practice and behaviour has been updated, effective from 31 March 2015.
The code applies to all nurses and midwives registered in the UK, and has now been revised to reflect changes in modern nursing and midwifery practices and wider expectations of health and social care.
The changes to the code include new sections that outline professional duty of candour, and the responsibilities of all nurses and midwives to raise concerns. The focus of the revision is to drive continuous improvements in the quality and safety of care.
For more information please see the suite of resources, including the FAQs, available on the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s website .
Don’t miss the next edition of Mac Voice
Jane Cummings, Macmillan Trustee and Chief Nursing Officer for England, introduced Mac Mail with an inspiring message last October. Now you can hear more from Jane in the new issue of Mac Voice magazine, where we interviewed her on what being a Macmillan Trustee involves, and her personal motivation for taking up the role.
You might also notice something different about the latest Mac Voice: we’ve introduced a colourful new contents section to make it easier for you to find the articles that interest you. Of course, we’d love to hear your feedback on the new design, or any other thoughts you might have – simply email the Mac Voice team .
End of Life Care Programme Lead shadows hospice teams
Earlier this year, Adrienne Betteley, Macmillan’s End of Life Care Programme Lead, spent a week shadowing clinical teams at Rowcroft Hospice in South Devon.
She helped care for patients receiving a range of hospice services and worked with clinicians, patients and their families to learn more about the role of hospices and smaller charities within local communities.
A summary of the week and Adrienne’s thoughts on her experiences are available to read on the Rowcroft Hospice blog.
Wales CNS report published
The results of the first-ever census of specialist adult cancer nurses in Wales have been published and are now available to download.
Commissioned by Macmillan, the census had a 100% response rate, and unveiled revealed several key findings:
79% of the specialist cancer workforce in Wales is classified as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS), and 21% of these are Macmillan post holders.
The vacancy rate for cancer CNSs appears to be below average for health and social care roles.
Nearly half of CNSs were reported as being aged 50 or over, with no post holders under 30 – which highlights the need for careful workforce succession planning.
You can download the complete report on our website, as well as the reports on the censuses in England and Northern Ireland.
Learning and development
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Selection of upcoming courses
These are just a handful of the face-to-face courses taking place at locations across the UK over the coming months:
You can view and sign up for all courses on the Learn Zone website.
Job opportunities at Macmillan
Cancer awareness months
In our last issue of Mac Mail we reminded you that April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
. If you need a little extra something to help spread the word among the people you support, our range of information leaflets
and poster templates
are still available to download online.
Next month, Sun Awareness Week takes place from 4–10 May. Here are the links to our leaflets
and poster templates
that can help you raise awareness of how to stay safe in the sun.
We’ll be including reminders on all the major cancer awareness months in future issues of Mac Mail. In the meantime, make sure you’re fully stocked up on resources and promotional materials by visiting the be.Macmillan website
New service for gastrointestinal consequences of cancer
A new service to help people manage the gastrointestinal symptoms caused by cancer treatment is opening at St Mark’s Hospital in Harrow.
The team will be hosting a launch event on 1 May to give nurses, oncologists, dietitians and radiographers a chance to find out more about the gastrointestinal consequences of treatment. This includes how you can help identify patients that may benefit from the service, and how to refer them.
To find out more and to register to attend, please email the consequences team.
Resources now available in Arabic
It’s our aim to help you provide the best possible support to people affected by cancer – and a key part of this is offering information in a wide variety of formats, including in different languages.
We've recently had several of our key resources translated into Arabic, including our Early diagnosis flyer for different cancer types.
You can view and order all of our resources in other languages on be.Macmillan.
Updated rich pictures on people affected by cancer
Our series of rich pictures aims to provide you with valuable insights into the numbers, needs and experiences of specific groups of people affected by cancer.
This year, the refreshed documents include completely new data on cancer prevalence based on work carried out by Macmillan and the National Cancer Intelligence Network. There is also a new addition: the rich picture on people with cancer. This is intended to tell the unique story of living with cancer.
You can access the entire range of rich pictures online
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.