Thursday 24th May 2012
Macmillan is piloting a new, voluntary role for Macmillan professionals.
Known as Macmillan champions, these professionals will work alongside Macmillan development managers to strengthen the relationship between Macmillan and local Macmillan professionals. The ultimate goal is to improve outcomes for people affected by cancer.
Jayne Powell, Associate Lung Cancer CNS at Manor Hospital, Walsall, and Mandie Ballentine, Macmillan Colorectal CNS at Sandwell Hospital, Birmingham took on the role last year.
Jayne comments, ‘I thought it would give me the opportunity to promote awareness of the excellent support and resources provided by Macmillan. It also enables me and others to identify professional development needs. Better engaged, educated and informed staff can only continue to improve on the care that Macmillan professionals provide to people affected by cancer.’
Mandie says, ‘I decided to take on the role of Macmillan champion primarily because I am very proud to be part of the organisation. I want to give the nurse specialists who are dealing with patients everyday more of a voice, and enable the services that Macmillan promotes to be more accessible.’
Contact Tudor Humphreys, Macmillan Development Manager for central England, on 01691 650219 or email firstname.lastname@example.org