Wednesday 24th June 2015
Mac Voice, the magazine for Macmillan professionals: Summer 2015
Macmillan professionals and teams continue to excel
British Medical Journal
Congratulations to the Bradford, Airedale, Wharfdale and Craven Palliative Care Managed Clinical Network, which won Palliative Care Team of the Year at the BMJ Awards this May. The team, which includes Wali Nazar, a Macmillan Ethnic Liaison Worker, delivered the Last Year of Life Project. Their service set out to improve identification of people approaching end of life, using electronic systems to record people’s preferences about their care, and introducing a 24- hour telephone advisory service staffed by nurses, called Goldline. When patients ring Goldline they are put through to a senior nurse with full access to their records, care plans and notes, who can offer advice and reassurance, or send out a community nurse or doctor. Of more than 200 calls over six months in 2014, only one resulted in an admission to hospital or hospice. Over that period it is estimated that 89 admissions or A&E attendances were avoided. Congratulations also to the Specialist Palliative Care Team at Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, including Jo Thompson, a Macmillan Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist, who were finalists in this category.
At the Nursing Standard Awards in May, the Transforming Cancer Follow-Up Team at the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland was presented with the Cancer Nursing Award. The team, which featured in the last issue of Mac Voice, has discarded the traditional one-size-fits-all aftercare model for people with breast cancer in favour of the Recovery Package. This approach is person-centred and promotes self-management; reducing waiting times and improving patient experience. Currently, the team have used the Recovery Package for 58% of newly diagnosed breast cancer patients who have rapid access to their clinical nurse specialist (CNS) if needed. They also won a Macmillan Team Excellence Award last November.
British Journal of Oncology
In March, Miranda Benney celebrated her second major award in recent months. The Macmillan Uro-Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist was named the British Journal of Oncology Nurse of the Year, just four months after winning a Macmillan Professionals Excellence Award for Service Improvement. Miranda, based at Royal United Hospital in Bath, has been pivotal in the development of remote followup for those with stable prostate cancer. The PSA Tracker is a computer database, which allows patients to be monitored without the need for a hospital visit. Miranda is part of the hospital’s survivorship group and has promoted the Recovery Package, which includes holistic needs assessment, treatment summaries and care plans. Congratulations also to Michelle Samson, Macmillan Lead Acute Oncology Haematology Nurse at North Bristol NHS Trust, who was a finalist for her nurse-led acute oncology service.
Quality in Care Oncology
The Macmillan Aftercare and Rehabilitation Service (MARS) in Guildford provides a ‘stunning service’ that ‘crosses boundaries and has so many tangible benefits’ said judges at the Quality in Care (QiC) oncology awards. The team won the award for Supporting People Through a Team Approach last December. MARS provides a specialist follow-up service for people who have completed treatment for head and neck cancer at St Luke’s Cancer Centre at The Royal Surrey County Hospital (RSCH). The team consists of dietitians, a speech and language therapist, nutrition nurses and a patient care support worker, who work closely with important supporting staff at the hospital. Comments from people affected by cancer include: ‘Thank you for being so caring and helpful. You provide a very valuable service’.