6 August 2014
People affected by cancer helped develop the MQEM award
The Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre at the Royal Derby Hospital has been recognised nationally with a top award.
The Macmillan Quality Environment Mark (MQEM) recognises high standards in cancer care. It assesses whether cancer care environments meet the standards required by people living with cancer.
The MQEM has been awarded to the centre in Derby, which between April 2013 and March 2014 helped more than 3,580 people affected by cancer.
Run in partnership between Macmillan and Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the centre provides free information as well as financial, emotional and practical support for anyone affected by cancer.
Ruth Wilson, Macmillan's Development Manager for Derbyshire, said:
'This award reflects the hard work and dedication of the team that designed the centre and all the staff and volunteers who work to make it a welcoming and supportive environment for patients and their families so no one has to face cancer alone.
'To receive the award, environments have to score highly in areas such as use of space, comfort and atmosphere, personal and social interaction and health and well-being - all areas highlighted as really important by people living with cancer who helped develop the award.'
Lisa Freeman, Macmillan's Information Manager at the Royal Derby Hospital, said:
'We're delighted to receive this prestigious award and for the recognition of our efforts to ensure that our area meets the needs and standards of our clients. The aim of the MQEM is to ensure that the space is sensitive in design, with room to chat in confidence, whilst making a real difference in helping people cope with their diagnosis. It is very reassuring to have this work recognised and valued.'
Find out more aboutthe Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre at the Royal Derby Hospital.