Macmillan-sponsored awards 2018

We’re working with sector partners to recognise and celebrate your contribution to delivering excellent cancer care and innovation.

In 2018 we are supporting the following awards.

Nursing Times Award 2018

Cancer Nursing

This year’s award went to Macmillan professional Vicki Stevenson-Hornby based at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh FT. A nurse-led accelerated jaundice pathway was developed to achieve earlier diagnosis for patients with suspected malignancy of hepatobiliary origin, increasing their chances of survival.

All possible models for the one-stop pathway were explored. This rapid-access model uses the ambulatory assessment area, providing access to urgent assessment and diagnostics within 28 hours of presentation. The aim was to speed up diagnosis, increasing the number of patients eligible for surgery. The challenges of changing existing practice to provide same day imaging were overcome by excellent multi-professional teamwork. Since the pathway was implemented, the cancer pick-up rate is 62% and eligibility for surgery is 40%.

The following teams, which included Macmillan professionals, were shortlisted for the award:


Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust:
Palliative care in disguise

  • Lucie Summerfield – Macmillan Enhanced Supportive Care Lead CNS (job share)
  • Pauline Staley – Macmillan Enhanced Supportive Care Lead CNS (job share)
  • Aura Inga Ramos das Neves Pinto – Macmillan Enhanced Supportive Care CNS.

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust:
Health and wellbeing event (Empower) for people with cancer

  • Karen Phillips – Macmillan Lead Cancer Nurse
  • Lucy Brooks – Macmillan Living with and Beyond Cancer Lead
  • Alix Holes – Macmillan Information and Support Manager.

AHA UK Awards

Leadership and Innovation in Cancer Rehabilitation award winners

The winners were Rachel Barlow, National Clinical Lead and Hannah Edwards, Project Support Manager, NHS Wales and Wales Cancer Network. Their team created and delivered an innovative, collaborative, multi-disciplinary prehabilitation and health optimisation (POP) service for people in Wales. The service aims to increase access to radical cancer treatments and improve clinical and survival outcomes. Read more about their award-winning work in the AHA awards guide (PDF).

The following Macmillan professionals were shortlisted for this award category:

  • Sarah Hodge, Macmillan occupational therapist and Lucy Ayris, Macmillan physiotherapist, North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Trust
  • Nikola Hawkins, Consultant Cancer AHP, Next Steps Cancer Rehabilitation lead, Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust.

Student Nursing Times

Partnership of the Year award winners

The award went to London South Bank University and St Mungo's for their work in developing 6-week placements for student nurses at St Mungo’s services. From an initial pilot in 2015, the students’ profound personal and professional development was evident after just a few weeks. The placements challenge stereotypes and pre-conceived ideas about the client group, provide new knowledge, understanding and experience of clients’ health and social needs, and showcase inter-professional and inter-agency work.

Given the consistent success of the placement, through positive feedback, over the last academic year (2016-2017), the LSBU/St. Mungo’s partnership has been scaled-up considerably to enable far more nursing students to learn and develop. There are now 39 St. Mungo’s projects and services across London, hosting students who are supported by over 80 mentors.

BMJ Awards

Cancer Care Team of the Year award winners

This award went to Papillon for Rectal Cancer at the Papillon Suite, Clatterbridge Cancer Centre. Papillon treatment for rectal cancer uses x-ray energy that is low and very focused, resulting in little collateral damage.

Arthur Sun Myint and his team first used the Papillon technique in 1993. Since NICE approval twenty years later, it provides patients with rectal cancer an alternative treatment option to surgery. Read more about their work in the BMJ awards brochure (PDF).

RCNi Awards

Cancer nursing award winners

The winner was Macmillan professional Gillian Knowles and the Metastatic cancer of unknown origin team at NHS Lothian. This is the first team in Scotland to develop a service for patients who are diagnosed with metastatic cancer of unknown primary. These patients fell outside of existing pathways but had complex care journeys with numerous hospital stays and investigations and a very poor prognosis.

These vulnerable patients now have a closer experience to patients of site-specific tumours with a dedicated multidisciplinary team and formal diagnostic and treatment pathways. This is ensuring earlier, honest discussions with patients and their loved ones, and improving links with other specialist services including palliative care. These quality and experience improvements have also delivered cost savings.

Patient Safety Award

Cancer Care award winners

The winner was Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. The team won for improving the safety of chemotherapy prescribing through implementation of a standardised electronic assessment proforma. Read more about their award-winning work on the HSJ website.