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 Professionals Conference: materials now online 2015
The Macmillan Professionals Conference and Excellence Awards took place on 11– 12 November in Birmingham. As well as recognising your achievements, the event celebrated 40 years since the appointment of the first Macmillan professional. The conference was our biggest yet. This is what one Macmillan professional had to say:
‘This was my first conference and I found it very useful, interesting and a great way to network with other Macmillan professionals. I will definitely be returning.’
If you weren’t able to make it, you can now find videos of all the keynotes and workshops, plus poster PDFs and photos, online. If you’re already registered, simply enter your email address and the password Macprofs15. Otherwise, please register as a new user.
Don’t forget nominations for the 2016 Macmillan Professional Excellence Awards open 2 February – look out for more details in the next Mac Mail.
Cancer Talk Week resources available for you
This year’s Cancer Talk Week takes place from 25–29 January. The aim of the week is to make it easier for people affected by cancer to start conversations they might be struggling with, particularly if they're feeling isolated or alone.
To help you spread the word among the people you support, there’s plenty of information, posters and other resources available on be.Macmillan. Here are a few we’ve picked out:
Talking about your cancer (MAC11646)
Lost for words – how to talk to someone with cancer (MAC11631)
Talking to children and teenagers when an adult has cancer (MAC5766)
Don’t forget the Macmillan Support Line is free for anyone affected by cancer to call on 0808 808 00 00, Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm. Alternatively, the online community is available 24 hours a day for people to connect with others in a similar situation.
Macmillan nurse picks up New Year’s Honour
Helen Meehan, a former Macmillan nurse in Solihull, has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours for her work supporting patients and their families at end of life.
Helen, now Lead Nurse in Palliative Care at the Royal United Hospitals Bath, was nominated for her ‘significant and lasting’ impact on end-of-life care in Solihull. While at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, she led a variety of projects – including the development of the ‘My Life’ initiative to support patients and their families to think about their wishes for future care.
We’d like to congratulate Helen on this outstanding achievement – what a fantastic start to 2016.
England: Be Clear on Cancer campaign kicks off in February
Running from 15 February to 31 March, the ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ campaign hopes to improve early diagnosis of cancer by raising awareness of symptoms and encouraging people to see their GP.
This year’s campaign will focus on bladder and kidney cancers and urge people to visit their doctor if they notice blood in their urine – even if it’s only once. Men and women over the age of 50 make up more than 90% of bladder and kidney cancer diagnoses in England. The 2016 campaign will therefore target lower social-economic groups in this age bracket.
Please get behind the campaign by mentioning it to the people you support. You can find further information and resources at the Campaign Resource Centre.
NICE endorses Macmillan’s Rapid Referral Guidelines
Macmillan’s Rapid Referral Guidelines are an interactive PDF based on the 2015 update of NICE guidance on suspected cancer: recognition and referral, which covers England and Wales. We’re pleased to confirm that the guidelines have now been endorsed by NICE as a complementary resource that may be of interest to you or your colleagues.
The guidelines support all the NICE recommendations, except for those relating to specific childhood cancers. The PDF is available for desktop, mobile and tablet devices. You can read more about the endorsement on the NICE website.
Find Scottish referral guidelines online.
Palliative Care Congress: 9–11 March
Will you be attending the 11th Palliative Care Congress in Glasgow on 9–11 March? Macmillan’s End of Life Care team will be hosting a symposium. Don’t miss this if you want to learn more about our exciting new partnership work with the National Council for Palliative Care, which aims to support improvements in end-of-life care in hospitals.
You can also drop by our stand to share your own ideas for improving end-of-life care in hospitals and to find out about our resources, including our review of Advance Care Planning studies and our e-learning modules. We hope to see you there.
Not signed up yet? Express your interest in attending on the PCC website.
Changing Prospects for Cancer conference: 11 March
More than half of people diagnosed with cancer will now live 10 years or more. But there’s still a huge variation in quality of life for these people, with many going on to suffer consequences of treatment or facing recurrence.
Macmillan has joined forces with the Christie NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Salford to host a biannual ‘Changing Prospects for Cancer’ conference. This year’s conference will focus on ‘A Good Survival’, looking at the issues around living with and beyond cancer.
The event will take place at Lancashire County Cricket Club on 11 March. Tickets are available online.
Annual Patient Information Forum Conference: 25 May
The 2016 Annual Conference for People Working in Health and Care Information and Support, held by the Patient Information Forum, will take place on Wednesday 25 May 2016 in London. This year’s event will focus on ‘The power of partnership: Working in collaboration to deliver high-quality health and care information and support’.
At the conference, you’ll hear how to develop relationships that improve the quality of health information and support, and the experience of care for patients.
There will be case studies, panellists from a range of sectors, and networking opportunities to help you form new partnerships to drive projects forward. Sign up now.
Patient Safety Award nominations open until 1 April
The Patient Safety Awards aim to transform the UK’s approach to delivering high-quality care. It champions patient safety as the key principle of a healthcare ecosystem which is truly efficient, effective, and able to offer the best experience to both patients and carers.
Patient safety is the responsibility of every individual involved in healthcare, whether hey are on the board or a ward. Professionals have until 1 April to enter. For more information, visit the website.
What do you think of our accessible information?
December’s Mac Voice included some examples of our accessible information. We sent you an Urdu early awareness flyer, a Polish chemotherapy flyer, an easy-read booklet about cancer, a CD and a flyer promoting our full range of accessible formats. You can order more copies of these – and find other information in these formats – from be.Macmillan.
Now we’d like to know what you think about these resources, and whether you’ll be using them with your patients. Please complete our short survey to tell us what you think – it’s only five questions long, and will help us find out more about how our information is being used and how we can improve it.
If you have any questions about our range of accessible information, contact Abi Delderfield.
Making sure our mailings reach you
We’d like to make sure the updates we send you by post (such as Mac Voice) go to the right place. If you change your job, team or location, please email the professional engagement team or tell your Macmillan Development Manager. By updating your details, you’ll help us save money as we can cut down on printing and posting mailings that are returned.
You can now book 2016 courses on Learn Zone.
As well as our face-to-face courses, we offer a variety of e-learning training which you can complete in your own time and in any location.
Look out for more information about the UK-wide learning and development offer in February’s Mac Mail, as well as a printed copy of the brochure in the post.
Job opportunities at Macmillan
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A new year brings new opportunities. Maybe you feel like it’s time for a new challenge, or just a change? One of these openings at Macmillan’s offices around the country might appeal to you.
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