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Macmillan Excellence Award winners 2015
The 2015 Macmillan Excellence Awards were held at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham. Roger Black MBE, an Olympic silver medallist and motivational speaker, hosted the ceremony. We recognised and celebrated the outstanding work of Macmillan professionals in supporting people affected by cancer.
We were also delighted to have Macmillan professional Sarah Henderson on hand to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to her mother, Liz Henderson OBE.
To find out about all the winners, watch their videos at macmillan.org.uk/professionalsawards
You can also see photos from the ceremony online.
Macmillan team honoured at Nursing Times Awards
On Thursday 12 November, Nursing Times presented its Cancer Nursing Award to the Macmillan Berkshire Well-Being Team from Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust.
Macmillan was proud to sponsor the award, which recognises nurses who have contributed to a significant improvement in the quality of cancer care.
The Macmillan Berkshire Well-Being Programme offers a step-by step approach to living with and beyond cancer. It prepares people affected by cancer for what lies ahead, using a range of tools and opportunities to enhance their recovery. For more information, see the Nursing Times Awards brochure.
Consequences of cancer toolkit launched
Macmillan GP advisors are working with the Royal College of General Practitioners on a one-year project to raise awareness and understanding of the long-term consequences of cancer.
Together they’ve developed a Consequences of cancer toolkit, which aims to support GPs and other primary care professionals to provide high-quality care for people who have been treated for cancer.
The new toolkit brings together resources and information to support you in your work, including:
Guidance on the identification and management of consequences of treatment
Tips for carrying out an effective Cancer Care Review
Useful resources for the people you support
Cancer strategy for England: Counting the cost of care beyond treatment
An Independent Taskforce involving different experts from across the healthcare system have been involved in developing recommendations on how to improve patient experience and increase cancer survival rates in England. This Taskforce proposed a new five-year Cancer Strategy for England. If fully funded and implemented, its recommendations will help mitigate the increasing costs of care and significantly improve quality of life for people affected by cancer.
Our new report Cancer Cash Crisis – Counting the cost of care beyond treatment looks in detail at how NHS England currently spends money on cancer services and the serious financial challenge cancer poses the NHS in the future. The report sets out new evidence to support the case for urgent action on cancer funding, with a focus on the previously unknown cost of post-treatment care.
Malignant spinal cord compression alert card
A team of Macmillan acute oncology nurses have produced a new patient alert card that explains the symptoms of malignant spinal cord compression (MSCC). The card helps the people you support know when they should see a doctor immediately. The foldout card is the same size as a business card, so will fit easily into a wallet or purse.
The alert card should be handed out to patients with our leaflet on MSCC. This also gives people information on the symptoms, as well as who to speak to if they do show the signs of MSCC. Both items are free and can be ordered from be.Macmillan.
We’d appreciate your feedback on this new resource – please email the Cancer Information Team.
Find Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisors in your area
We heard some great stories at the recent Macmillan Professionals conference about how some of you are linking up with Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisors in your area. You can find out more about the advisors and how they can help people affected by cancer on the Macmillan website. There’s also a video available on the Boots website.
There are more than 400 trained advisors, use the store locator to find one close to you. You can also order free referral cards to tell the people you support about the service – simply log on to be.Macmillan and search for MAC14747.
Shop: exclusive free delivery for Macmillan Professionals
The Macmillan shop team has just returned from the Macmillan Professionals Conference, where they sold an incredible £700 worth of products– a record-breaking amount. Thanks to all of you who made a purchase.
In case you missed us, there’s still time to order from our online shop. And as a thank you for all your hard work this year, we’re offering all Macmillan professionals free P&P (normally £3.95) – just enter PROFS1 at the checkout.
From Christmas cards to stocking fillers, we’ve got everything you need to make the festive season extra special.
Award nominations now open
British Medical Journal Awards
Nominations for the British Medical Journal Awards close soon, on Thursday 21 January 2016. Please visit the BMJ website for more information.
Formerly the Nursing Standard Nurse Awards, the annual RCNi Nurse Awards highlight exceptional nursing professionals who demonstrate clinical excellence and implement new initiatives that enhance patient experience, improve health outcomes and transform nursing practice. The nomination deadline is 22 January 2016.
Advancing Healthcare Awards
These UK-wide awards recognise and reward projects and professionals that lead innovative healthcare practice and make a real difference to patients’ lives. Allied health professionals, healthcare scientists and those who work alongside them in support roles have until 25 January 2016 to enter. Visit the website for details.
As the year ends, so are our 2015 UK-wide courses. In 2016, we’ll be expanding our range of learning and development opportunities for you – look out for details in the next Mac Mail.
But we wanted to give you a little something to whet your appetite now, so we can confirm that we’ll be launching the following e-learning course in January:
Nutrition for survivors beyond cancer
Nutrition is an important element of the care you provide for people living with and beyond cancer. Developed in partnership with Bournemouth University, this online course will help to improve your knowledge and understanding of this vital area of care. It should take around two hours to complete, but you’re free to do it at your own pace.
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