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.
Shortlist for Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards 2015
Excitement is building for this year’s Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards, as we can now reveal the names of the 26 nominees who have been shortlisted.
There are five award categories in 2015: Service Improvement Excellence, Innovation Excellence, Integration Excellence, Team Excellence and – for the second year – Lifetime Achievement. Up to three awards will be given in each category. It’s hoped the awards will help the winners raise the profile of their work and celebrate it on a nationwide scale.
All the winners will be announced at a ceremony to be hosted by a celebrity guest on the evening of Thursday 12 November, after conclusion of the annual Macmillan Professionals Conference.
Eight nominations were also submitted for the Henry Garnett Award, which recognises professionals who work to support Macmillan in other ways outside of their professional remit, such as through fundraising or promotion in their community. These winners will be contacted in August and certificates will be presented locally later in the year.
The annual Macmillan Professionals Conference is being held on 11–12 November in Birmingham. Conference registration opens in September – look out for details in Mac Mail.
Nurse recognised for pioneering work on long-term effects
A nurse championing the needs of patients living with the long-term effects of cancer has said she is ‘truly honoured’ to have been recognised by Sheffield University.
Professor Diana Greenfield, a Macmillan consultant nurse based at the Royal Hallamshire and Weston Park Hospitals, has been made an honorary chair in cancer survivorship by the university. It’s thought to be the first position of its kind in the UK.
Prof Greenfield has worked to raise awareness of late effects and cancer survivorship for many years, and has an international track record in research and service development.
The local Trust’s late effects service – spearheaded by Prof Greenfield – supports the general health and wellbeing, physical and psychosocial needs of patients following cancer treatment. This includes helping them cope with problems such as diabetes, infertility and depression.
Prof Greenfield says of the service, ‘It is a privilege to look after people who have survived cancer, and to learn from them every day.’
Community pharmacist shortlisted for partnership award
Congratulations to Gillian Harrington, Macmillan Rural Palliative Care Community Pharmacist for Skye and Lochalsh, who recently made the shortlist for Chemist and Druggist’s GP Partnership of the Year Award. Gillian was nominated for her efforts working alongside other community healthcare professionals to support patients with a range of long-term and terminal illnesses.
As part of a multi-disciplinary team, Gillian advises on different medicine choices, availability, dosages and formulations for palliative care patients throughout their entire journey.
She’s also come up with a number of innovative tools to help prescribers – including mouse mats with information on how to write correct palliative care prescriptions.
Annual report highlights
Macmillan spent £151.7 million on helping people affected by cancer in 2014. And thanks to the hard work and dedication of professionals like you, we reached more than 5.4 million people in total.
You provided support to almost 703,000 people affected by cancer in 2014, 5% more than the year before. We spent £56.5 million on healthcare which funded a range of health and social care professional posts. And in total we now have over 5,600 Macmillan professional posts across the UK.
These are just some of the key figures listed in our recently published 2014 annual reports and accounts. You can read more highlights from the last year, as well as personal stories from people we’ve supported, by downloading the full report or summary.
Financial Guidance Service teams up with Nationwide
Money worries are common after a cancer diagnosis. That’s why we run a free and independent Financial Guidance Service, offering people affected by cancer over-the-phone support on everything from mortgages to pensions, and insurance to savings.
In an extension to this we’re now working closely with Nationwide building society, which is piloting a phone service to help their customers make informed financial decisions after a cancer diagnosis. Our team will refer eligible Nationwide customers directly to the service.
Please help us by telling the people in your care about our Financial Guidance Service and the support available to them. They can speak to one of our experts free on 0808 808 00 00.
Meet Charles: A Macmillan Alumni Ambassador
Our Macmillan Alumni network gives former Macmillan professionals the chance to stay in touch with us after they’ve left their post.
Some Alumni members choose to contribute more time and take on additional activities by becoming Macmillan Alumni Ambassadors. They include Charles Campion-Smith (pictured), who won the Lifetime Achievement Award at last year’s Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards.
Charles says, ‘I was a GP in Dorset for 32 years. For the last 12 or so, I’ve been associated with Macmillan. Initially as a GP Facilitator working on our local patch, then latterly as one of the GP adviser team.
‘As an Ambassador, I’ve helped to develop a practice nurse course that we piloted across the south west but which has now spread across the UK.
‘I really enjoy still being part of the Macmillan team and, as I started to develop the course, I realised what a reservoir of support there is from colleagues. It was great to find that there were people in the organisation who could support what we wanted to do.’
Do you know someone who used to be a Macmillan professional and might be interested in joining the Alumni? Then please ask them to email the Alumni team.
Ethnic Minority Cancer Awareness Month
This July is Ethnic Minority Cancer Awareness Month. We’re calling on professionals to raise awareness of the information and support available to people affected by cancer from minority ethnic communities.
As outlined in this Rich Picture report for professionals [PDF], awareness of cancer and uptake of some cancer services is lower among ethnic minorities. Added to this, some ethnic minorities tend to be diagnosed at a later stage when the disease is often more advanced, which can lead to poorer outcomes.
Certain cancers are also more common among particular communities and groups:
African-Caribbean men are three times more likely to develop prostate cancer compared to white men.
Mouth cancer is more common among South Asian communities.
Liver cancer is higher among Bangladeshi and Chinese communities.
Language can often be a barrier for minority ethnic communities when it comes to getting key cancer information or speaking out about any concerns they may have.
Our be.Macmillan site offers a wide range of materials in different languages. These include information on early diagnosis and the Macmillan Support Line. We have a range of fact sheets about cancer that can be translated into Bengali, Gujariti, Hindi, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Traditional Chinese and Urdu.
We also consider requests for information to be translated into other languages. Please email the cancer information team with any requests.
With your help, we can ensure everyone affected by cancer gets the support they need.
Learning and development
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A selection of upcoming courses
Places are filling up fast for all the remaining course dates in 2015, book now to make sure you don’t miss out.
Here’s a selection of the various learning and development opportunities across the UK:
Remember, you can view and sign up for all courses on the Learn Zone website.
Achieve your goals with our coaching programme
If you feel you would benefit from a little extra support in your role and a traditional training course won’t meet your needs, why not apply for Macmillan’s coaching programme? The One-to-One Coaching service consists of six two-hour coaching meetings spread across six months with a coach of your choice from our list of experts.
Whether it’s coaching for you or helping your staff reach their full potential, our downloadable PDF will answer any questions.
Please note the One-to-One Coaching service is only available to professionals who have been in post for a minimum of six months.
To submit an application, visit the Learn Zone website.
Delivery of very brief advice on physical activity: online sessions for nurses
NICE recommends that healthcare professionals deliver very brief advice (less than two minutes) to motivate people to make lifestyle changes. This time can be used to raise awareness and assess a person’s willingness to engage in further discussion about physical activity.
We’ve developed an online Webex session for nurses on how to deliver very brief advice on physical activity to people living with cancer. It’s the first training session of its kind in the UK and will provide attendees with an up-to-date summary of the evidence of the positive impact of physical activity for people living with cancer. It will also include a framework for the delivery of advice within two minutes.
Join us for one of the sessions taking place on Wednesday 15 July or Wednesday 22 July from 10–11am, 12–1pm and 5–6pm.
We’ll send you a link to Webex, which is accessible online, and you’ll need speakers or headphones to listen in. All participants will receive a pedometer for taking part (while stocks last).
Email us your name and preferred time slot to book your place, or get in touch with any questions.
Help us shape the Macmillan Organiser
We’re currently updating the hard copy version of the Macmillan Organiser, and we’d really value your input.
The Macmillan Organiser is a handy, portable tool that’s a lot like a personal organiser. It’s there to help people affected by cancer keep track of things like symptoms, food intake, appointments and medication. It also suggests questions for people to ask their health professionals.
To help us improve this resource, we’d really like to know what you think of it. Please complete this short survey to let us know how you use it with the people you support, and if there are any improvements you’d like to see.
Or you can simply email your comments to Debbie Tilley. Your opinion really matters to us, so we’re looking forward to your feedback.
Job opportunities 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 UK will appeal to you.
Ethnic Minority Cancer Awareness Month
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
From booklets to posters, you can find information and materials for all cancer awareness months at be.Macmillan. To access the entire portfolio of professional materials, please remember to login.
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.