Mac Voice Autumn 2015
The year so far - Lynda Thomas was appointed CEO of Macmillan in March. Six months into the role, she talks about the highlights so far and her plans for the future.
Encouraging people to plan ahead - New training is available to help you support people in planning ahead, making choices about their future care, and putting their affairs in order.
Electronic HNA helps deliver more personalised care - A recent evaluation revealed more than half (54%) of patients who used the electronic holistic needs assessment said it helped them discuss concerns with their healthcare team.
Enhancing cancer care teams - Nikki Snuggs, Macmillan CNS, and Patrycja Slyk, Macmillan one-to-one support worker, talk about their work together at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.
Help us bring smiles with Tom’s Gift - We need your help in prompting and promoting applications for this wonderful initiative.
Not just a disease of old age - Research finds thousands of people living with the most common cancer types were diagnosed before the age of 45.
Paving the road to recovery - A state-of-the-art health and well-being campus is being built at Altnagelvin Area Hospital in Northern Ireland.
Brightening our booklets - Tell us what you think of our new covers.
Information ebooks - More than 50 of Macmillan’s cancer information booklets are now available as free ebooks.
Guiding the Macmillan Alumni - Heather Tierney-Moore on her role as the first of Macmillan’s Alumni Patrons.
Lorraine McBride, on her role as Macmillan Project Lead for palliative and end of life care in prisons at Compton Hospice, Wolverhampton.
A unique university partnership - Maxine Astley-Pepper describes the achievements of Macmillan’s partnership with De Montfort University.
Managing seizures associated with brain tumours - Claire Hall and her colleagues have taken steps to help people prepare for potential seizures.
Fighting loneliness: Macmillan’s Online Community - How the support provided by Macmillan’s Online Community helps to combat isolation and loneliness.
Widening digital participation - Vic Stirling on bridging the digital divide and improving access to online health information.
Using an electronic tablet in occupational therapy - Helen Caudren describes how she used a Macmillan Service Improvement Grant to empower decision making for people affected by cancer.
A local Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisor partnership - Sarah Grant on developing a therapeutic beauty, nail, hair and skincare programme.
Meeting therapy needs in palliative care - The Macmillan allied health professionals team in Newcastle on treating people with specialist palliative care needs.
In Focus: Assistant and support roles
Bridging physiotherapy and occupational therapy - The roles of two generic therapy support workers in a tertiary cancer centre.
Enabling quality of life - Jo Peasley on her role within a Macmillan therapy team.
Nutritional assistance - Lorna Breeze on being a Macmillan dietetic assistant practitioner.
Improving urology care - Sally Swain on her work in the urology department at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust and now as a Macmillan assistant practitioner.
Coordinating head and neck cancer care - Sarah Hartley on her progression into a role with a greater clinical focus and which supports clinical nurse specialists.