Innovation excellence award

The Innovation Excellence Award is awarded to individuals who have shown forward thinking in developing a new product or service. Read about the 2015 winners.

Dr Gerry Millar MBE - Macmillan GP Facilitator, Southern Health and Social Care Trust

Gerry has worked closely with different stakeholders to overcome the various challenges associated with early detection of lung cancer. His project, the first of its kind in Northern Ireland, was developed to improve early detection of lung cancer by educating professionals and the local community. It led to more than 300 people attending X-rays over a three-month period, with six of those being diagnosed with early stage lung cancer.

He has also delivered a successful project to give people with learning disabilities better access to screening services – an initiative that’s now been replicated by 95% of GP practices in his Health Trust area.

If you would like to find out more about Gerry’s work please email Macmillan Development Manager Ruth Thompson.

Dr Neil Smith - Macmillan GP, NHS East Lancashire and NHS Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Groups

Neil spearheaded a project with a simple message: ‘Think cancer’. It’s had a huge impact on cancer care across 89 GP practices in the region, covering more than 400 GPs and 540,000 patients.

Through awareness events and partnerships with the two Clinical Commissioning Groups and other organisations, the project has ensured that all the practices in the area now have a lead cancer GP and practice nurse. As a result, more than 800 new patient reviews have been completed – 72% of them using the Macmillan template.

Neil has also worked with acute services to improve the cancer pathway and has supported people with cancer to produce patient information, helping to increase uptake of screening.

If you would like to find out more about Neil’s work please email Macmillan Development Manager Jeremy Such.

Professor Rosemary Richardson - Macmillan Nutrition Volunteer Project Lead, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

The pioneering service led by Rosemary highlights the positive impact that creative approaches can have on the lives of people affected by cancer. Rosemary identified a lack of support for head and neck cancer patients who required nutritional help. She also saw an opportunity for people who had been through treatment themselves to support others.

Working with Queen Margaret University, Rosemary set up a quality-assured, accredited programme to give people the confidence and skills they need to support others. By enabling them to advise others on nutritional queries and concerns, the programme also empowers them to give something back.

If you would like to find out more about Rosemary’s work please email Macmillan Development Manager Trisha Hatt.