Tuesday 16th December 2014
Mac Voice, the magazine for Macmillan professionals: Winter 2014
The Excellence Awards are a chance for Macmillan to recognise and thank pioneering teams and individuals who deliver the highest standards of care for people affected by cancer
The winners, chosen by a specialist panel, demonstrate excellence in their field. This year, equal winners were recognised in the following categories:
The Service Improvement Excellence Award celebrates professionals whose vision and commitment has made a lasting difference to the quality of services offered to people affected be cancer.
Innovation Excellence Award winners have all improved the quality and experience of care for people affected by cancer through creating exciting new initiatives, products and services.
Integration Excellence Award winners have developed integrated services that have greatly improved the experiences of people affected by cancer.
The Team Excellence Award honours teams that are high performing, innovative and have provided outstanding levels of support for people affected by cancer due to their fantastic teamwork.
The Lifetime Achievement Award honours the outstanding achievement of a cancer professional over the course of their career, and rewards someone whose contribution to the development of excellent cancer care over many years is truly exceptional.
Service Improvement Excellence Award winners
Macmillan Information Manager, Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust
By creating a 'one stop shop' for all people's cancer support needs, Deborah's Macmillan Information and Support Centre has gone from helping 1,200 people in its first year - to a staggering 5,000 in the fourth. Also, 600 people with breast and colorectal cancer now benefit from Deborah's implementation of a self-managed aftercare service.
Macmillan Advanced Nurse Practitioner, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Marie has established a new Acute Oncology Assessment Unit and a 24-hour cancer treatment helpline in the second largest cancer centre in the UK. To do this, she's trained and supported a team of nurse practitioners to deliver both services. Marisa's also worked with a wide range of clinical and non-clinical staff to improve unscheduled care for patients with cancer.
Macmillan Uro-oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust
As a committed cancer nursing specialist of ten years, Miranda has strived to improve the outcomes of people affected by cancer. One way she’s made a radical difference is by redesigning the prostate cancer pathway. Because of her work, the waiting time for receiving biopsy results has reduced from 14-18 days 10 years ago, to just 4-10 days today.
Innovation Excellence Award winners
Founder of LegaCare (UK)
Being a qualified solicitor with personal experience of cancer, Meg discovered far too many people affected by cancer were not getting the legal support and advice they needed. To change this, she consulted with local health trusts, Macmillan and people affected by cancer to understand just what was needed to take back control. Since starting LegaCare, over 1,000 people affected by cancer have benefited from her legal support.
Macmillan Information Project Manager, Southern Health and Social Care Trust
Working across a large rural population of 370,000, Sharon has worked tirelessly to reach as many people as possible. She has hosted events that crossed ethnic barriers and reached into all sections of the community. Now, thanks to Sharon, 79% of GPs in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust area are part of the Macmillan information project – with 100% saying it’s been beneficial to their patients.
Integration Excellence Award winners
Macmillan Palliative Care Pharmacist, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
When he recognised that community pharmacy was greatly underused, Emyr made its integration into cancer services in Gwent a priority. More community pharmacies now stock an agreed list of palliative drugs, ensuring wider availability of medication for patients. What’s more, thanks to Emyr, a streamlined medication discharge process has resulted in patients returning home sooner – essential to those who wish to spend their last days at home. You'll have noticed that Emyr is on the cover of this issue of Mac Voice; go to the Q&A to read our interview with him.
Macmillan Palliative Care Educator, The Dudley Group NHS Trust
Through collaborative work with education leads from the hospice and hospital teams, Karen identified and trained more than 70 end of life champion leads. Because of this, Karen has successfully influenced front line work with patients, advanced care planning and developed ongoing care strategies. Now more people at the end of their lives will benefit from advanced care which gives them the comfort and dignity they deserve.
Macmillan Volunteer Services Manager, Crossroads Care East Kent
In 2012, Marnie was selected to develop a new volunteer support service for people affected by cancer in east Kent. After 18 months, she’d created a thriving service which is now part of the Carer’s Trust Crossroads scheme. Working in collaboration with three hospices, she’s helped train and place volunteers where they’re best suited to provide better services for people affected by cancer.
Team Excellence Award winners The Devon Macmillan GP Facilitator Team
North East and West Devon Clinical Commissioning Group and Torbay and South Devon Clinical Commissioning Group
For the past three years, the team’s key aim has been to give people the practical support they need at the end of life. Their work has shown to reduce hospital admissions. They’ve also created influential partnerships across health and social care. In these partnerships they’ve developed and established tools to aid the delivery of the best end of life care to patients in their chosen care setting. What’s more, the team’s work has concentrated on early cancer diagnosis and survivorship innovations which bring together primary and secondary cancer care across the south west.
The Primary Care Palliative Care Team
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Every single person affected by cancer in Glasgow now have access to a district nurse trained by four Macmillan nurse facilitators – thanks to this team. People of the city are now guaranteed access to the high-quality support, no matter what part of the community they’re from. As well as collaborating with the Scottish Government in redesigning the end of life pathways, the Primary Care Palliative Care team are also supporting the new Macmillan and Glasgow life project entitled Improving the Cancer Journey.
The Transforming Cancer Follow-Up Team
Northern Ireland Cancer Network / Public Health Agency / Health and Social Care in partnership with Belfast, Northern, Southern, South Eastern and Western Health and Social Care Trusts
The Transforming Cancer Follow-Up Team have radically transformed breast cancer follow-up across Northern Ireland by implementing self-directed aftercare pathways. Their adoption and roll out of the Macmillan Recovery Package has been applied to 35% of people post-breast cancer treatment. All these improvements have created a foundation of greater empowerment and personcentred care. The team also worked collaboratively to develop a survivorship website that allows people to search for local services which address their needs. As a result, people can now benefit from more physical exercise programmes, complementary therapies and financial advice at home.
Lifetime Achievement winner
Former GP Macmillan Cancer Support
Charles Campion-Smith has influenced local and UK clinical and educational practice in cancer and palliative care in a career spanning over 30 years. For the past ten years, he’s worked as a Macmillan GP and GP adviser, supporting key primary care programmes.
One of Charles’ great strengths has been his ability to build consensus across disciplines and to ‘get things done’. This has lead to the creation of the highest quality cancer services. He’s been instrumental in the development and sustainability of the Macmillan GP community. Charles has applied his expertise abroad, where he and his wife (a qualified nurse) spent time in Tanzania working with local health educators to increase their skills and knowledge relating to palliative care and end of life.
Charles has also been a dedicated Macmillan fundraiser. In the last year alone he got on his bike and cycled to the UK ... from Greece.
Charles is a true Macmillan ambassador who has given so much to ensure that no one has to face cancer alone.
Henry Garnett Award winners
The Henry Garnett Awards recognise the outstanding contribution made by professionals who’ve worked directly with Macmillan, but outside their core professional role. For example, they may support Macmillan through media activity, fundraising, policy development or education. Congratulations to everyone who received awards, which were presented locally.
Maggie Simkiss, Macmillan Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
Margaret Hayes, Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist Stockport NHS Foundation Trust - Tameside Community
Sarah Mitchell, Macmillan GP Facilitator Bellevue Medical Centre
Wendy Wilkinson, Macmillan Occupational Therapist Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board
The winners received their awards during a ceremony hosted by Former World Champion Swimmer and Record Holder Mark Foster. To find out more about the winners, watch their videos by visiting macmillan.org.uk/professionalsawards
Give your colleagues the recognition they deserve - with a nomination
Being nominated for an award is the biggest compliment you can give a Macmillan professional.
You can nominate anyone who’s been a Macmillan professional for at least a year, whatever their role or level. You can also nominate any team, which has at least one Macmillan professional in it.
It’s simple to do - The deadline for next year’s nominations is 31 March 2015 so there’s plenty of time to gather your thoughts. And you can nominate from 2 February 2015 onwards. Find out more about celebrating the best of Macmillan professionals’ work at macmillan.org.uk/ professionalsawards