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Macmillan is delighted to announce that Angela Goulden is the new Macmillan Occupational Therapy Clinical Specialist at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.
Angela has been adopted by Macmillan because she meets our high standards of care and support. Whilst she’ll still be funded by Worcestershire Hospitals Acute NHS Trust, it means she’ll be able to access the extensive training and development that we provide for our professionals.
Angela said: ‘I qualified as an occupational therapist in 1995 and have enjoyed working in palliative care since I specialised in this area in 2005. Then I became a clinical specialist in 2008.
‘This means I support people living with life-limiting illnesses, their families and their carers when they decide to receive their end-of-life care in their own homes. I ensure that they leave hospital at the right time and in a safe way, and that the right tools and support are in place so that they’re cared for effectively.
‘I work really closely with a team of clinical nurse specialists, consultants and what’s called a multi-disciplinary team – a team of people with specialist knowledge in different healthcare professions – to assess and support the people we’re looking after. It’s my role to take care of our patients with end-of-life care needs. And the Macmillan Information and Support Centre is in the hospital so my patients who are affected by cancer can get answers to any questions they have from there.
‘So I’m delighted to become a Macmillan Occupational Therapy Clinical Specialist and feel very proud and privileged to be part of the organisation. Being part of Macmillan means I’ll be able to develop my knowledge and skills to better support my patients, particularly when it comes to cancer.’
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More about Macmillan in Worcestershire
Macmillan Cancer Support offers a wide range of clinical and well being support services for people affected by cancer in Worcestershire. These services are made possible by the donations raised by our dedicated supporters.
Our team of Macmillan health professionals in Worcestershire are helping people living with cancer in our hospitals and local communities.
Just a few of the cancer specialism’s we offer are:
Gynaecology, Urology, Occupational Therapy, Dietitian, Speech and Language Therapy, Chemotherapy, Dermatology, Lymphoedema, Upper Gastro-Intestinal and Palliative Care
In addition to the medical support we offer, Worcestershire patients benefit from the support of Macmillan's emotional and financial support services.
These include the telephone support line, which is free to call and can help with general information and advice about cancer, on 0808 808 0000, offering specialist advice about benefits and youth advice for children and young people affected by cancer.
We can signpost to the following information and well being services based within the county;
Cancer Information and Support Centres, with services operating within the Alexandra Hospital, Redditch, Kidderminster Treatment Centre and Worcestershire Royal Hospital, providing free and readily accessible information, without appointment.
Financial Support Services from Worcestershire Macmillan Citizens Advice team, with benefits advisers based in Redditch, Kidderminster and Worcester. Contact the team by calling 01905 725946 or visit www.cabwhabac.org.uk
Macmillan also funds a patient welfare grant scheme, which in 2013 alone gave a total of £73,393 in one-off grants to 260 county patients who were in financial hardship. This has supported requests for fuel bill payments, clothing and house hold equipment such as washing machines and bedding.
As you can see from the current team of health care professionals listed above, the people of Worcestershire benefit from a wealth of experienced and professional cancer care specialists. With your support, we can help to increase the range of nursing support we can offer in our local community.
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