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Macmillan's new CEO
On 4 March it was announced that Lynda Thomas will be Macmillan's new Chief Executive. Lynda has been acting as Interim Chief Executive since November 2014 and is the former Director of Fundraising at Macmillan. She will take up the role with immediate effect.
Lynda started her career working in communications for charities including Action for Children and NSPCC. She joined Macmillan in 2001 as Head of Media where she developed the charities campaigning arm, created its Internal Affairs team and oversaw the development of the award winning brand. She was promoted to board level as Director of External Affairs in 2007 and was appointed Director of Fundraising 2011.
Henry Garnett Award nominations deadline
Don't forget to submit your nominations for the Henry Garnett Award by 31 March. This annual award recognises the exceptional contribution that inspirational Macmillan professionals make beyond their core role. This might include promoting and supporting Macmillan through the media, fundraising, policy development or educating across networks.
Given in honour of Henry Garnett OBE, who was Chief Executive of Macmillan for more than 10 years until 1986, the awards are presented locally by Service Development Teams.
Read profiles of previous winners and find out how to nominate.
Update on England's and Northern Ireland's cancer patient experience survey (CPES)
NHS England is currently in the process of finding a new survey provider to collate the next CPES survey. Once appointed, NHS England will provide an update to Trusts and other users of CPES data on timeframes about sampling, data collection and when the results of the next survey will be available for use.
Northern Ireland’s first ever CPES is also underway. The response has already been good with 33% of forms completed and returned before the first reminder had been sent out. The deadline for submissions is 17 April, and results are due in the summer.
At Macmillan, we've put together a number of case studies to show how organisations use the CPES and other feedback from patients to improve their services. It is clear that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to improving cancer patient experience. Trusts are developing ways to use the data that fit with their existing systems, structures and ways of working. We hope that professionals can use these to inform how they are using data to make improvements ahead of the next CPES.
Learning and development
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New professionals handbook on its way
Keep an eye out for the updated handbook for Macmillan professionals, which you should receive in the post towards the end of March.
Whether you're relatively new to Macmillan or have been in post for a while, the handbook's intended to help you in your role and tell you about the opportunities and support available to you. The updated version contains all the latest information, so we hope you find it useful.
Sign up to our upcoming courses
Here are a few of the face-to-face courses taking place at locations across the UK over the coming months:
To see the rest of the courses available and to sign up, go to learnzone.org.uk/macprofs
Help us review our e-learning offer
We're currently reviewing the range of learning and development materials we offer online, to ensure they're up to date and as useful as possible - and we need your expertise to help us do this.
Review tasks vary from watching a short video, to completing and critiquing an online training programme. If you can spare a few hours to look at materials in the following subject areas, we'd like to hear from you. Simply email us and tell us which area(s) you'd be willing to help out with:
Breast and bowel screening
Nutritional care in cancer and palliative care
Basics on cancer care
Pre-bereavement support for children
Influencing commissioning (England only) and business case development
Improving care for LGBT community with cancer
Sexual relationships and cancer
Using social media and promoting your service
Reach out to hidden carers in your area
From 1 April 2015, the Care Act will require healthcare professionals to work more closely with local authorities to identify and support carers better. Our background guidance and practical tips can help you take simple steps to implement the legislation in your workplace.
Carers Week 2015 takes place from 8-14 June, and this year's theme is 'building carer friendly communities'. Can you use this as an opportunity to reach out to hidden carers in your area? To hold an event in your community or find out more about local support available to carers, register on the Carers Week page
Nominate an inspiring colleague
International Journal of Palliative Nursing Awards 2015
In collaboration with Macmillan, will celebrate the achievements of palliative care nurses and other members of the multidisciplinary palliative care team at its ceremony on 25 June 2015. Nominations are open until 27 March.
Nursing Times Awards 2015
The Oscars' of the nursing profession, will take place on 12 November 2015 at Grosvenor House, London. There are 20 categories available to enter and the deadline for nominations is 17 April.
Raise awareness of ovarian and prostate cancers
March is both Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, while April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month. To help you raise awareness among the people you support, we offer a range of promotional materials and resources - so make sure that you're fully stocked up and have everything you need.
During Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, you may meet more women worried about their genetic risk of cancer. Our interactive OPERA tool can provide women with a personalised assessment of their likelihood of inheriting a risk of ovarian and/or breast cancer - please refer anyone it might help to visit the tool, while reminding them to also speak to their GP about their concerns.
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.
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