Tuesday 28th April 2015
Mac Voice, the magazine for Macmillan professionals: Spring 2015
Carole Bailey is a Macmillan Lead Cancer Nurse and an Associate Macmillan Development Manager
The 2011 Macmillan Cancer Workforce Development Strategy  recognised that people need a range of health and social care professionals, with high levels of expertise, to support them during their entire cancer journey. The strategy also acknowledged a gap in how well the professional and personal needs of this new workforce were being met. To address this issue, Macmillan created the Macmillan Development Manager (MDM) role.
MDMs work closely with partner organisations to support the development of new cancer services. MDMs can cover large regional areas, collaborating with organisations in both acute and primary care settings, and may sometimes find it difficult to fulfil the supportive aspects of the role due to the large number of Macmillan postholders in their area. In University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Trust, we overcame this by introducing the trust-based Associate Macmillan Development Manager (AMDM) role to support the work of the MDM. This role supports the recruitment, engagement and maintenance of long-term relationships with Macmillan professionals.
The trust-based AMDM also supports the Macmillan service review process, which allows for the monitoring and reviewing of local cancer services to ensure that people affected by cancer are well supported by Macmillan. With the evolving nature of the AMDM post, the role will vary, and what follows is specific to my role as a trust-based AMDM.
What is different about my role?
I am employed as a Macmillan Lead Cancer Nurse but also as a trust-based AMDM, and I aim to support all Macmillan posts within our trust. Since taking on the dual role, I have made efforts to ensure that Macmillan’s ethos is embedded within the trust, while maintaining the trust’s objectives.
Recruiting Macmillan professionals
I represent Macmillan on interview panels for both nurses and allied health professionals, ensuring Macmillan’s philosophy is part of the process. So far I have contributed to ten interviews for Macmillan professionals. This has helped me as a Macmillan Lead Cancer Nurse, by enabling me to collaborate with disciplines I may not otherwise have worked with.
Macmillan service reviews
Ensuring clinical services are formally reviewed allows us to support clinical teams and identify areas for service development. With support from the MDM, I have been involved in 8 Macmillan Service Reviews. Outcomes of the reviews include teams improving how they collect data to demonstrate their value, and identification of inequity in service provision, both of which have led to expansion in the cancer nursing workforce within the trust, and consequently a better service for people affected by cancer.
Macmillan service developments
To ensure continued development and high-quality care, the MDM and I recently submitted successful business cases to secure extra nursing posts to Macmillan, improving equitable cancer care services across the trust.
An example of innovation
Another successful Macmillan bid application has involved clinical teams in innovation. There are two outcomes: integration of the electronic Holistic Needs Assessment into the practice of cancer clinical nurse specialist teams; and the development of a Macmillan Project Lead, whose purpose is to produce a strategy helping people live well after a cancer diagnosis. Both of these improvements help our patients receive more personalised care.
Email Carole Bailey, Macmillan Lead Cancer Nurse/Associate Macmillan Development Manager (trust-based), University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.
1. Macmillan Cancer Support. Macmillan Cancer Workforce Development Strategy update. 2011