11 December 2015
Rosemary Richardson received a Macmillan Fellowship
Macmillan professionals across Scotland have been recognised for their inspirational work supporting people affected by cancer.
Professor Rosemary Richardson, Fiona Haston, Judith Smith and the Glasgow Macmillan Pharmacy Service all won awards at the prestigious 2015 Macmillan Excellence Awards, held at The Hilton Metropole Hotel in Birmingham on 12 November.
The awards, which are now in their fourth year, were developed to celebrate the outstanding work carried out by Macmillan health and social care professionals across the country. The event recognised excellence in four areas: service improvement, innovation, integration and teamwork.
Rosemary won the Innovation Excellence category, and was considered to have demonstrated forward thinking in developing a new service that improves the quality and experience of care for people affected by cancer. She recognised the lack of support for people affected by head and neck cancer who needed nutritional help and the potential to enable people who have been through treatment to support others starting their cancer journey.
Rosemary also received a Macmillan Fellowship, which is awarded to professionals who have set the highest standards in their area of work. She was one of only two professionals to receive this.
Fiona Haston and Judith Smith both won awards in the Service Improvement Excellence category.
Fiona, based at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, was considered to have demonstrated a vision and commitment that has led to tangible, lasting improvements in the quality of services offered to people affected by cancer.
The award winning work of Fiona and her team involved excellent improvements in head and neck service provision by carrying out audits to identify the key issues of delayed diagnosis and poor patient compliance, and putting comprehensive plans in place to address these. By working across disciplines and developing the service, it now sees 800 patients per year, compared with 200 previosuly, and 97% of all patients are supported through their cancer journey by the same Clinical Nurse Specialist.
Judith Smith MBE, a Macmillan Nurse Consultant in Cancer and Palliative Care at NHS Borders, carried out a service review which led to key changes in care pathways for acute oncology admissions. As a result, a new nurse-led model of care has been developed, which has improved patient experience, reduced delays and increased productivity.
The numbers speak for themselves: over a three-month period, there has been a 25% decrease in admissions and 80 fewer bed days. Patients are also reporting that they’re much more satisfied with the quality of service provided.
The Glasgow Macmillan Pharmacy Team won the Team Excellence Award which honours teams who are not only high-performing and innovative, but who have displayed fantastic teamwork to ensure people affected by cancer receive an outstanding level of support.
The Macmillan Pharmacy Service has strived to support the advancement of palliative services from community pharmacies. They developed a resources folder, endorsed by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, which provides comprehensive palliative care information for community pharmacy staff, GPs and District Nurses. They also developed links with 314 community pharmacies, who all have access to the folder.