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Macmillan specialist honoured at Wound Academy awards
Congratulations to Joan Sweeney, Macmillan Specialist at The Beacon Centre, Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton, who was the Highly Commended winner for Innovations in Service Development at the 2015 Mölnlycke Health Care Wound Academy awards. Joan received her award from Dr David Foster, Director of the Department of Health’s Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Policy Unit, at a ceremony at the Royal Opera House, London on 27 May.
Joan was recognised for her critical evaluation of the role of the on-treatment review radiographer. Her evaluation provided valuable insights into local resources and inspired Musgrove Park to address gaps. Grade 1 reviews at the hospital will now be undertaken by radiographers during treatment, with more complex reviews carried out by a Macmillan late effects consultant.
Joan’s evaluation has also led to fewer patients returning for oncology follow-up, with relevant information and care plans about expected acute and late effects being forwarded on to GPs.
Also highly commended at the awards were Macmillan head and neck clinical nurse specialists, Kate Green and Hayley Williams, from Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust in the Wirral. They were recognised for their outstanding work in ensuring that all patients receiving radiotherapy experienced the lowest possible impact to their quality of life from radiation-induced skin reactions.
Congratulations to all the winners – you can read more about their achievements and the Wound Academy awards on the website.
IJPN Awards recognise Macmillan professionals
On Monday 14 September the International Journal of Palliative Nursing Awards recognised the outstanding work of several Macmillan professionals.
The awards celebrate the achievement and excellence of the multidisciplinary palliative care team. Winners included:
Theresa Richards, Lead Macmillan End-of-Life Care Plan Facilitator at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, who won Palliative Care Nurse of the Year.
Pauline Hatchard, Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist at Bridgewater Community Healthcare, who won the Innovation Award.
Beverley Clark, Community Macmillan Practice Development Nurse Specialist at City Health Care Partnership Community Interest Company, who won Educator of the Year.
Additionally, the Multidisciplinary Teamwork Award went to Frimley Park Hospital Specialist Palliative and End-of-Life Care team, which features a number of Macmillan professionals.
Congratulations to all the winners and shortlisted professionals. Read more about them on the IJPN website.
New ambitions for end-of-life care
The UK is considered a world leader in end-of-life care, but there is still a long way to go. For instance, a recent survey commissioned by Marie Curie found that carers say 7 out of 10 people with a terminal illness in the UK do not get all the care and support they need.
In response to these and other findings, a new framework has been launched to support health and social care and community leaders in making palliative and end-of-life care a priority at a local level.
The Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care framework was developed by the National Palliative and End of Life Care Partnership, which is made up of statutory bodies including NHS England, the Association of Adult Social Services, charities, and patients’ and professionals’ groups. Although primarily developed for England, the framework will also be of interest to professionals in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The framework sets out six ambitions for how palliative and end-of-life care should be delivered locally. It also identifies measures for achieving these ambitions, such as personalised care planning and shared electronic records.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month: OPERA risk assessment tool
It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so you may find more people coming to you with concerns about their inherited risk of breast cancer.
Based on guidance issued by NICE for assessing a woman’s risk of having familial or hereditary breast cancer, our Online Personal Education and Risk Assessment tool (OPERA), asks around 10 questions to provide a woman with personalised information and support.
There’s also a wide range of breast cancer resources on be.Macmillan, including information on breast cancer in your family, breast screening and breast cancer in men, plus posters to promote the awareness month in English and Welsh.
Please spread the word about the OPERA tool and other resources. With your help, we can ensure everyone affected by breast cancer gets the information and support they need.
Cancer support in the workplace
Around 120,000 people of working age are diagnosed with cancer every year, with most wanting to return to work when they’re ready and able. But many don’t know that there are laws in place to protect them against discrimination, or that their employers are required to make reasonable adjustments to help them in the workplace.
If any of the people you support mention work-related issues to you, please direct them to our website. We also offer afree Work Support Route Guide to help you when you’re talking to people about their rights at work.
Official launch of the Macmillan Alumni
Last month, 70 former Macmillan professionals and staff came together at an exclusive event in Manchester to mark the officiallaunch of the Macmillan Alumni.
As well as providing learning and development opportunities, the event gave Alumni members a chance to hear about the ways they can get more involved with our work – whether it’s by becoming an Alumni Ambassador, mentoring new professionals or taking part in consultations.
Alumni Patron Heather Tierney-Moore, Chief Executive of the Lancashire Care Trust, explained her reasons for joining the Alumni:
‘I get a huge sense of pride by being a part of the Alumni, by reconnecting and meeting incredibly passionate people. Macmillan has a great vision for the future and there’s a real opportunity for the Alumni to help Macmillan achieve it. I’d encourage all former professionals to come back and explore what they might be able to do.’
If you think the Alumni may be able to support your team’s work, please email the Alumni team. Or if you know someone who’s retiring or leaving their Macmillan post and might be interested, please let them know they can contact us.
Learning and development
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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.
Job opportunities at Macmillan
Do y ou 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.
The 2016 Northern Ireland Awards for Allied Health Professionals are now open
Nominations for the 2016 Advancing Healthcare Awards NI are now open. Nominations close at 5pm on Monday 16 November.
The awards ceremony will be part of the Northern Ireland conference for Allied Health Professionals, to be held on Thursday 21 January 2016. Find out about the award categories and how to nominate.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Lung & Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
Macmillan Professionals Conference and excellence awards (11–12 November)
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.
Your latest policy update
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