9 November 2012
Macmillan Cancer Support honoured the incredible work of nurses and health professionals last night at their prestigious annual Macmillan Excellence Awards.
Hosted by Olympic medallist Colin Jackson, the charity presented fifteen awards which recognised excellence in four areas: Service Improvement, Innovation, Partnership and Teamwork. Two fellowships were also awarded.
The awards, launched in 2011, were developed to celebrate the outstanding work carried out by Macmillan professionals. There are over 6,000 Macmillan health and social care professionals across the UK, many of whom are specialists in their area of cancer care and leaders in their field.
The 2012 individual and team winners were honoured at an awards ceremony held at the Park Inn Heathrow Hotel and sponsored by Macmillan’s partner Boots UK. Individual winners received a certificate and £100 and the teams received a plaque and £500. Macmillan Fellows will each be able to access a grant of up to £10,000 to invest in their professional development and their work supporting people affected by cancer.
Juliet Bouverie, Director of Services at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“The Macmillan Excellence Awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the exceptional contribution to cancer services made by Macmillan professionals.
“Each category has been carefully selected as being important in improving the lives of people living with cancer, and shows the value we place on high quality and innovative services, partnership working, and teamwork. Our professionals are fantastic role-models and we thank them for everything they do in making a difference to the lives of people with cancer and their families.”
The 2012 Macmillan Excellence Award winners:
• Ann Muls, Macmillan Nurse Consultant in the late effects of cancer at The Royal Marsden in London
• Sue Smith, Centre Manager, The Mustard Tree Macmillan Centre, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
• Melanie Lewis, Lead Macmillan Lymphoedema Specialist, Singleton Hospital, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board
• Graeme Allan, Macmillan GP Facilitator at St Marks Medical Centre, Southport
• Jane Winter, Macmillan Colorectal Cancer Nurse Specialist at Southampton General Hospital
• Erin Bolton, Macmillan End of Life Lead, Community Division, East Lancashire Hospital Trust
• Eryl Evans, Clinical Lead in Speech and Language Therapy at Singleton Hospital, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board
• Philippa Jones, Network Lead Chemotherapy Nurse, Greater Midlands Cancer Network
• Lorraine Barton, Lead Cancer Nurse at Hillingdon Hospital, Uxbridge
• Liz Lees, Nursing Services Manager at Lister Hospital, East & North Hertfordshire NHS Trust
• Gill Scott, Clinical Nurse Specialist at County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust
• Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care Rehabilitation Team, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
• Central and Eastern Cheshire End of Life Care Service Model at Macclesfield District General Hospital, East Cheshire NHS Trust
• The Macmillan Team at the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust, Royal Sussex County Hospital
• Macmillan Complex Cancer and Specialist Palliative Care Allied Health Professional Team at Bridgewater Community Health Care NHS Trust
• Melanie Lewis, Lead Macmillan Lymphoedema Specialist, Singleton Hospital, Wales
• Gill Scott, Clinical Nurse Specialist, County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust
***Images of all the winners can be provided on request***
For further information, please contact:
Rebecca Openshaw, Media & PR Officer
020 7840 4699 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
About Macmillan Cancer Support
Cancer is the toughest fight most of us will ever face. But you don’t have to go through it alone. The Macmillan team is with you every step of the way.
We are the nurses and therapists helping you through treatment. The experts on the end of the phone. The advisers telling you which benefits you’re entitled to. The volunteers giving you a hand with the everyday things. The campaigners improving cancer care. The fundraisers who make it all possible.
We are Macmillan Cancer Support.
About the Macmillan Cancer Support and Boots UK partnership
Macmillan Cancer Support and Boots UK are working together to improve the lives of everyone affected by cancer. Through the partnership, Boots has introduced bespoke training for its pharmacists, healthcare colleagues and No7 advisors to help deliver more ways for people affected by cancer to get information and support on the high street, in local communities and online. Boots colleagues and customers have already raised £4.4 million for Macmillan over two years. For more information, visit