2017 Excellence Awards: nominations top tips guidance
Do you know a Macmillan professional or team who’s gone above and beyond to help people affected by cancer? Would you like to be nominated yourself?
Make sure you and your colleagues get the recognition you deserve by nominating or encouraging your manager to nominate for a Macmillan Professionals Excellence Award.
Up to four awards will be given in each category:
- Service Improvement Excellence (individual and team)
- Innovation Excellence (individual and team)
- Integration Excellence (individual and team)
For 2017, we’ve produced a Top Tips PDF on things to bear in mind when writing your nomination.
Nominations will open on the 2 February and the deadline for submissions is midnight on 31 March – look out for more details in February’s Mac Mail.
Queen’s New Years Honours
Fiona Haston, Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist for Head and Neck cancer in Edinburgh, has been awarded an MBE for services to healthcare and charity in the Queen’s New Years Honours list.
Congratulations to Fiona on receiving this prestigious award.
Patients as Partners’ awards England
In December 2016, the global biopharmaceutical company ABBVie announced Birmingham’s Macmillan Occupational Therapy Team as the recipients of the Sustainable Healthcare ‘Patients as Partners’ awards England, in the ‘Making health and social care patient friendly’ category.
An outstanding achievement for the team, congratulations.
Money and Cancer: The importance of signposting
In November we held a series of workshops with delegates at the Macmillan Professionals Conference. We wanted to validate findings of recent research about the financial impact of cancer, and get feedback on how best to communicate to healthcare professionals.
Overwhelmingly, participants stressed how important it is to be aware of the financial impact of cancer – and how this can affect people from all walks of life. Whilst healthcare professionals aren’t expected to have all the answers or be financial experts themselves, the most important thing to know is where to signpost people to.
We’ll be working with a group of healthcare professionals to develop resources to help raise awareness of this issue amongst professionals and to provide clear, concise information about where to signpost to. If you’d like to help with this, please contact us.
If anyone you support is experiencing financial difficulty, please ask them to call our specialist team on 0808 808 00 00, or visit macmillan.org.uk/moneyworries to find out more.
New partnership with Lloyds bank
We’re currently working with Lloyds Bank to pilot a new service supporting their customers with cancer who are struggling financially. The service includes:
- A specialist Lloyds Bank Cancer Support helpline team trained in association with Macmillan (0800 015 0016)
- Customer referrals to Macmillan’s Financial Guidance Service (0808 808 00 00)
- Revised policies and processes, creating greater flexibility within banking products, such as waiving overdraft charges
- Training, developed in association with Macmillan, for all frontline bank staff
- Cancer support leaflets in branch to encourage customers to seek support.
Survey results winner
Thanks to all of you who recently completed the readership survey for Macmillan professionals. Congratulations to Rosemary Mack who won the prize draw of a £50 Marks & Spencer voucher.
We were delighted to see that 73% of respondents who receive Mac Mail read every issue, and over 90% find it valuable. 60% deem the ‘Learning and Development’ section as the most useful, followed by the ‘News’ section (20%). We’ll continue providing information on what matters to you and what you’d like to see, so please do get in touch if you have any further comments.