23 May 2012
Commenting on the news that The National Cancer Survivorship Initiative Vocational Rehabilitation Project and Evaluation – a joint Macmillan and the Department of Health project – received the best VR initiative award at last night’s VR Association Awards, Jenny Ritchie-Campbell, Director of Cancer Services Innovation at Macmillan, said:
'We are delighted that this innovative approach to helping people with cancer back to work has been recognised by the national Vocational Rehabilitation Association.
'We hope this learning will encourage more vocational rehabilitation services to be made available in the future.’
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Macmillan Cancer Support's press office on 020 7840 7821 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to editors:
The seven pilot sites were located in Sussex, London, Hertfordshire, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Tyne and Wear, Manchester.
Each pilot site supported people with cancer to remain in work, return to work, or make a transition to a new role which may be unpaid or voluntary work. To do this the pilots have:
Provided access to information and advice on returning to work for employees, employers, and health and social care professionals
Signposted people to appropriate services and support
Provided access to self-management programmes to help people with cancer better manage treatment side-effects such as pain and fatigue
Provided specialist services such as physiotherapy and counseling for people with higher or ongoing needs.
More about the pilots can be found here: