Macmillan-sponsored awards 2016

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

Advancing Healthcare NI Awards

Rethinking the Patient Pathway Award winners

The winning team was the radiography team from Southern Health and Social Care Trust (SHSCT). Their radiographer-led service has reduced waiting lists for hysterosalpingogram examinations for women with fertility problems from 14 to zero weeks. Patients were closely involved in the redesign and the radiographers showed real leadership skills in driving forward the changes, working collaboratively with medical staff.

The team were also appointed as the overall winners of the Advancing Healthcare awards programme in Northern Ireland, which is a truly outstanding achievement.

AHA UK Awards

Leadership and Innovation in Cancer Rehabilitation Award winners

Macmillan professionals Debbie Provan, Transforming Care after Treatment (TCAT) project lead, and Caroline Rennie, Macmillan nurse consultant at NHS Aryshire and Arran won for their work in transforming the care that people receive after treatment for breast and colorectal cancer.

Debbie and Caroline work under the Transforming Care after Treatment umbrella. They address the issues faced by patients after their treatment stops. Despite successful treatment, many patients continue to have a range of needs - emotional, physical or financial. Debbie and Caroline, and their extended team, introduced a holistic needs assessment (HNA) as diagnosis, during treatment and immediately after completion which helps patients become partners in their own healthcare. As part of the implementation of this work, a cancer support directory was developed which maps onto each of the concerns normally raised by patients. It’s a transformation for patients that’s demanded outstanding leadership skills.

The following Macmillan professionals were also shortlisted for the Leadership and innovation in cancer rehabilitation award category:

  • Claire Hanika and Liz Price, Macmillan dietitians at Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Macmillan Aftercare and Rehabilitation Service - supporting people following head and neck cancer treatment.
  • Karen Robb, Rehabilitation Lead, Physiotherapist in the Transforming Cancer Services Team, London
  • Leading the way in cancer rehabilitation: my clinical, academic and strategic journey

BMJ Awards

Cancer Care Team Award winners

The winners were Dr Sam Hare and his team at Barnet Hospital at the Royal Free Foundation Trust for developing a novel lung biopsy service to speed up diagnosis and treatment for lung cancer patients. Read about their award-winning work.

Nursing Times Awards

Cancer Nursing Award winners

The winners were Velindre NHS Trust. Inspired by experiences of families, cancer nurse Michele Pengelly was concerned about the lack of resources helping newly diagnosed cancer patients talk to their children about cancer and its impact on the family. Resources were limited, mostly using hetero-normative images, questionable for the diversity of modern-day families (single parents or those of the same sex). She developed the idea of writing a series of books, fully diverse, accessible and fit for purpose including British Sign Language and audio developed. Following consultation with patients, children and professionals, the first Caring for my Family with Cancer book was successfully launched in 2015.

The following Macmillan teams were shortlisted for Nursing Times Awards:

Cancer Nursing Award:

  • Team lead: Clare Dikken at Western Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
  • Team lead: Christine Rhall, St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospital NHS Trust
  • Team lead: Gill Chadwick, NHS Western Isles

Technology and Data in Nursing Award:

  • Team lead: Stephanie Day, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Patient Safety Awards

Cancer Care category

The winning team in the Cancer Care category was East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group and Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group. They won for improving services, treatment and care at all stages of the cancer journey. Last year the team won a Macmillan Professionals Innovation Excellence Award, and you can find out more about their recent award-winning work on the HSJ website.

The following Macmillan teams were shortlisted for the Cancer Care category:

  • Team lead: Karen Phillips, Macmillan Lead Cancer Nurse at Whittington Health
  • Team lead: Johanne Vass, Macmillan Sarcoma Advanced Nurse Practitioner at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

QiC Oncology Awards

Cancer Nurse of the Year winner

Philippa Jones, Macmillan Associate Acute Oncology Nurses Advisor at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust. Philippa has an innovative role intended to support the development of acute oncology services. Read about her award-winning work.

Team of the Year winner

The Macmillan Nurse team at NHS Western Isles, who offer a truly unique service to people affected by cancer. Read about their award-winning work.

Large Cancer Charity Initiative of the Year winner

The Recovery Package team at Macmillan Cancer Support for their work on the Electronic Holistic Needs Assessment (eHNA). Read about their award-winning work.

Patient Experience Award – commended

The Macmillan Therapy team at North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Trust, providing rehabilitation for those living with and beyond cancer. Read about their award-winning work.

RCN Northern Ireland Nurse of the Year Awards

Cancer Nurse Award winner

Kirsty McKay, Macmillan Project Nurse in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust won the award for improving the after-care of men diagnosed with prostate cancer. Kirsty set up a nurse-led telephone review clinic which, since May 2014, has reviewed over 330 men. Feedback indicates 89% of men prefer telephone review to attending out-patient clinics and 60% consider this service to be more comprehensive. Kirsty’s support for patients and capacity to engage in difficult conversations with patients in a sensitive manner were praised.

RCNi Awards

Innovations in Your Specialty Award and RCN Nurse of the Year winner

Macmillan professional Venetia Wynter-Blyth, Lead Upper Gastro-intestinal Clinical Nurse Specialist and team at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust won for their PREPARE for surgery programme; a holistic approach to getting patients both physically and psychologically fit for surgery. Subsequently Venetia Wynter-Blyth won the RCN Nurse of the Year Award. Read about her award-winning work.

Cancer Nursing Award winner

Macmillan professional Carole Connor, Nurse Consultant and the Aylesford Unit Nursing Team at South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trustwon the award for their achievement in developing a nurse-led comprehensive acute oncology service. Read about their award-winning work.

Student Nursing Times Awards

Partnership of the Year Award winners

The winners were Independent Voices and Buckinghamshire New University. Independent Voices is a mutual support group made up of service users and carers working in partnership with Buckinghamshire New University (Bucks). The group is facilitated by one of the service users who has been appointed to a voluntary coordinator role. They work with Bucks in the planning and design of the nurse curriculum, making sure that the experiences and views of service users and carers are included, and are involved in programme committees and simulations sessions, to share their experiences.

A joint local press release has attracted new service users from a variety of backgrounds, experiences and with differing care needs. This continues to strengthen the working partnership, and reflects respect, equality, sustainability and a shared vision, but more importantly serves to help create a more cohesive student experience.