Latest news for health and social care professionals
Latest news and updates for health and social care professionals including GP's, oncologists, Macmillan Nurse Specialists and occupational health workers. Also, read the latest Macmillan Policy updates.
Register now: Macmillan Professionals Conference and Excellence Awards 2016
Registration is now open for this year’s Macmillan Professionals Conference and Excellence Awards. Don’t miss out on this fantastic networking opportunity held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole from Wednesday 16 to Friday 18 November.
Highlights this year will include workshops to support mutual learning in service development and delivery, an exhibition showing the many ways Macmillan can support you in your role, plus talks by Macmillan fellows.
A three-day ticket to the conference includes a seat at the Excellence Awards ceremony on the Thursday evening. If you’re unable to take more than one study day to attend, please contact us to find out about day delegate places.
Wednesday 16 November 9.30–17.00 (keynote from CEO Lynda Thomas, followed by dinner) Thursday 17 November 9.30–16.45 (followed by dinner and awards ceremony) Friday 18 November, 10.00–12.45 (regional meet and optional mindfulness session)
Remember – spaces are limited, so book your place today. You can also view the full conference agenda online.
The prestigious Macmillan Excellence Awards are now entering their fifth year. New in 2016, both teams and individuals can be nominated in the Innovation Excellence, Integration Excellence, or Service Improvement Excellence categories. You can view the 26 shortlisted nominees online.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony to be hosted by a celebrity guest on the evening of Thursday 17 November, the second day of the Professionals Conference.
Support with money worries
Getting the right financial information and support isn’t easy, and having cancer makes it more challenging. That’s why we’ve developed a comprehensive financial support offer specifically to help people affected by cancer understand their options so they can make informed decisions.
In addition to Macmillan Welfare and Benefits advisors did you know that Macmillan financial support specialists provide guidance about benefits, energy bills, financial planning, access to pensions and insurance, grants, and referrals to StepChange Debt Charity? People who seek financial guidance early in their cancer journey are less likely to see money worries spiral out of control, which can help them to focus on their health and wellbeing.
In the latest issue of Mac Voice we interview a Macmillan Welfare Rights Adviser, Financial Guide, Energy Adviser and Grants Assessor to understand how they can help people with cancer who may not realise they are entitled to financial information and support. If you didn’t receive your copy in the post, please let us know.
Help us raise awareness that Macmillan is unique in the breadth of financial support we offer. Tell the people you support about the range of financial support available to them, which they can access through 0808 808 00 00 or macmillan.org.uk/moneyworries
Help people explore their options at work
It can be difficult for people with cancer to know what their options are when it comes to work. They may feel unsure about whether they should take a break, return to work or stay in their job during or after treatment.
The best option for each person depends on their job, health and financial situation. But to make informed decisions, people need to get information by asking the right questions to the right people.
Now there’s an easy way for you to help the people you support get the information they need. Please direct them to macmillan.org.uk/stillyou, where they can download Macmillan’s guide on questions to ask.
Queen’s Birthday Honours for Macmillan professionals
Two Macmillan nurses were awarded MBEs in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, announced in June. Jane Alison Hart, Macmillan Lead Cancer Nurse at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, was recognised for her work to improve cancer care in South East Wales, while Macmillan Lead Nurse Teresa Rennie was honoured for haematology and chemotherapy services in Lanarkshire. Many congratulations to them both.
Macmillan nurse wins RCN Northern Ireland Award
Together with Cancer Focus, Macmillan was proud to sponsor the Cancer Nurse Award at the 2016 RCN Northern Ireland Nurse of the Year Awards in May.
Kirsty McKay, Macmillan Project Nurse at Northern Health and Social Care Trust, was presented with the award for her efforts in setting up a nurse-led telephone review clinic to help improve after-care of men diagnosed with prostate cancer. Find out more about her work.
Partnership of the Year at Student Nursing Times Awards
Macmillan also sponsored the Partnership of the Year Award at the Student Nursing Times Awards 2016. The winners were Independent Voices and Buckinghamshire New University, who are working together to ensure the voices of service users and carers are fed into the planning and design of nurse curriculum and training. Read more about their partnership.
New framework: Leading Change, Adding Value
Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England and a Macmillan trustee, launched a new Leading Change, Adding Value framework to encourage nursing, midwifery and care staff to help transform their sector.
The framework was developed in collaboration with staff, carers and patients, as well as with senior nursing and social care leaders, professional bodies and academic representatives. It aims to support all health and care staff to become leaders in shaping the actions needed to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. For more information, read the framework and follow Jane on Twitter: @JaneMCummings
OPERA tool decommissioned
Macmillan is decommissioning OPERA, its online assessment tool for assessing an individual’s familial risk of getting breast and ovarian cancer.
OPERA has been offline for some weeks due to concerns about its potential impact on other parts of the Macmillan website and databases. After reviewing the tool’s long-term future and sustainability, the decision has been taken not to resume its operation.
Macmillan continues to offer a wealth of information on cancer risk and genetics on its website and at be.Macmillan. You can also download a free app developed by Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust to help assess inherited cancer risk in the people you support – visit www.ubqo.com/cancergenetics.
Ethnic Minority Cancer Awareness Month
July is Ethnic Minority Cancer Awareness Month and Macmillan needs your help in reaching out to people affected by cancer in minority ethnic communities.
As outlined in this ‘Rich Picture’ report, cancer awareness and uptake of some cancer services is lower among ethnic minorities. Additionally, some ethnic minorities tend to be diagnosed at a later stage, when their disease is more advanced – which can lead to poorer outcomes.
Certain cancers are also more common among particular groups and communities, for example:
- African-Caribbean men are three times more likely to develop prostate cancer compared to white males.
- Mouth cancer is more common among South Asian communities.
- Liver cancer is more prevalent among Bangladeshi and Chinese communities.
Language can often be a barrier for minority ethnic communities when it comes to getting cancer information or speaking about concerns they might have. Macmillan has a wide range of translated cancer information, covering symptom awareness, cancer types, cancer treatments and living with cancer. Visit www.macmillan.org.uk/translations for more information.
The Macmillan Support Line also has access to an interpretation service in over 200 languages. If you have any comments about our translations, please contact the Cancer Information team. With your help, Macmillan can make sure everyone affected by cancer gets the support they need.
NHS Accessible Information Standard – new law
Did you know the NHS Accessible Information Standard becomes law on 31 July 2016? Macmillan can support you in providing appropriate information for everyone affected by cancer.
Although the law will only apply in England, Macmillan aims to support everyone with accessible information needs across the UK. Visit macmillan.org.uk/otherformats for cancer information in a range of languages and accessible formats.
Long-term consequences of colorectal and anal cancer
Nearly 43,000 people a year are diagnosed with a colorectal or anal cancer in the UK. With treatment, 60% of them will survive for more than five years. While the majority will not develop any long-term effects, some will suffer from acute consequences of treatment.
To help you support these patients, we’ve developed new guidance on Managing the long-term consequences of colorectal and anal cancer (MAC15781). Compiled especially for healthcare professionals, it details ways you can help people to self-manage and features key advice for clinical management. You can order or download the free guidance on be.Macmillan.
First-ever Cancer Patient Survey for Scotland
The views of Scottish cancer patients have been revealed in the nation’s first-ever Cancer Patient Experience Survey, with the majority of patients rating their care as positive.
The survey was carried out by the Scottish Government and Macmillan to find out how patients feel about the way they are cared for and supported as they move through the cancer care system.
Of the 5,000 patients who responded, 94% rated their care positively, 87% were always treated with dignity and respect and 86% were told they had cancer in a sensitive manner. Overall, patients with a care plan had a markedly better experience than those without one.
Learning and development
There are plenty of courses to choose from during the second half of the year. Here are a few that may be of interest:
15 September, Birmingham
18 October Cardiff
8-9 September, Aylesbury
13 September, Aylesbury
28 September, Gatwick
6 October, Llandrindod Wells
Visit learnzone.org.uk/macprofs for the full course listing and to book your place.
How can World’s Biggest Coffee Morning work for you?
Your opinions matter. That’s why we’d like you to hear about your experience with World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.
This survey will take five minutes and is a way for you to voice your opinions. World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is a great opportunity for you to meet your local community and raise awareness of your service for people affected by cancer. We value your feedback.
Carers’ Strategy: have your say
The Department of Health (DH) has recently launched a call for evidence for the new Carers Strategy for England.
As part of this consultation, the DH is hosting an event on Thursday 21 July, 13.30 – 16.00 at Richmond House, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2NS with a range of health professionals to ensure that their views are reflected. As a professional who may be in regular contact with carers for people living with cancer, your views and experiences could help to positively shape the Carers Strategy.
If this sounds like something that you would be interested in being involved in, please email Jo Thompson.
For more information on Macmillan’s campaign to influence the Carers Strategy, visit macmillan.org.uk/carestrategy
Macmillan AHP expert advisory group
Did you know that Macmillan has an AHP expert advisory group? The group aims to inform, support and advise on the delivery of the Macmillan cancer rehabilitation work programme and ensure that AHP roles are included in service redesign. It also supports networking opportunities for Macmillan AHPs at a local and national level.
The group meets four times a year in London. Currently it is advising on the development of a Macmillan AHP competency framework.
If you would like to know more about the group and how to become a member, or for information on the Macmillan cancer rehabilitation programme, please email June Davis, National Cancer Rehabilitation Lead.
Areas of interest
Macmillan Policy Update – keeping you informed of our policy work
Download your copy of the latest Policy Update.
Job opportunities at Macmillan
Do you feel like it’s time for a new challenge, or just a change? One of these openings at Macmillan’s offices around the country might appeal to you.
Cancer Nursing Partnership bulletin
Macmillan is an active member of the Cancer Nursing Partnership (CNP), a group of 11 key nursing organisations and communities of practice who work collaboratively to implement improvements in cancer care. A monthly bulletin from CNP, providing information, advice and support to nurses is available online.
Dates for your diary
From booklets to posters, you can find information and resources for all cancer awareness months at be.Macmillan. Please remember to log in to access the entire portfolio of professional materials.
Please share this page with your Macmillan and non-Macmillan colleagues to help us ensure as many professionals as possible are kept up to date about Macmillan’s work and helpful tools to help them in their work with people affected by cancer.