Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards

The Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards are an opportunity to recognise the outstanding contribution Macmillan Professionals make to cancer services.

2021 finalists announced

Despite work pressures and the impact of the pandemic we received a great number of high-quality nominations across all four categories, all of which have been put through the shortlist process.

After carefully reviewing the nominations, we can now reveal the 2021 Excellence Award Finalists. Huge congratulations to everyone who made the shortlist!

We would like to thank everyone who took the time to nominate an individual or team and to our shortlisters who reviewed the nominations.

  • This year's awards attracted 60 nominations across four categories.
  • A total of 3 individuals and 22 teams from across the UK have made it to the final judging stages for the Excellence Awards.

We'd like to congratulate all our finalists for the fantastic work they do to support people living with cancer. The winners will be announced at the Excellence Awards ceremony on Tuesday 2 November in Manchester.

You can see the full list of 2021 nominees below.

  • Innovation Excellence
    • Macmillan Acute Oncology Nurses and Macmillan Information and Support Service
      Royal Oldham Hospital
    • Imperial College Advanced Cancer Service
      Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, St. Mary's Hospital
    • Macmillan ACP Upper GI /HPB CNS Team
      Sandwell District General Hospital
    • Metastatic Breast Oncology Team
      Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
    • Head & Neck Cancer AHP / CNS Team
      Altnagelvin Hospital
    • David Banks, Macmillan Information and Support Services Manager
      Tameside & Glossop IC NHS FT
    • Jenny Chatfield, Urology Cancer Care navigator
      The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
    • Thoracic Surgical Team
      South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
    • AOAU Therapies Team
      Velindre Cancer Centre 
  • Integration Excellence
    • Integrated Support Welfare and Bereavement Team
      St Andrew's Hospice
    • GP Direct Access Project Team
      Southern Health & Social Care Trust
    • Northern Trust Cancer & Palliative Wellbeing Team
      Northern Health & Social Care Trust
    • Acute Oncology Triage Team
      Altnagelvin Hospital
    • Pancreatic RDS team in Pennine Lancashire
      East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
    • Hammersmith & Fulham Links Service
      Hammersmith & Fulham GP Federation 
  • Quality Improvement Excellence
    • CIP-CAN Team
      Ulster University
    • Macmillan Head and Neck CNS Team
      University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Whatever It Takes
    • Macmillan Information & Support Centre @ St George's
      St George's Hospital University Hospital Foundation Trust
    • Specialist Palliative Care Team Northern Health and Social Care Trust
      Antrim Hospital
    • Macmillan End of Life Care Team 
      London Ambulance Service NHS Trust
    • Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Service
      Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
    • Lisa Copeland, Macmillan Radiotherapy Specialist Nurse
      St James's University Hospital
    • NHSCT Skin Cancer Team
      Northern Health and Social Care Trust
    • The Royal Berkshire Cancer CNS Team
      Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
    • Macmillan Living with and Beyond Cancer Team
      Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

About the awards

A photograph of the winners at the Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards

Our awards highlight the impact of Macmillan Professionals and teams across the UK. They celebrate those who have gone above and beyond expectations to do whatever it takes to support people living with cancer.

The awards also bring our unique spirit to life by showcasing not just what Macmillan professionals do, but how they do it – with heart, with strength, with ambition.

Macmillan Professionals and teams have been at the forefront of the coronavirus response, and have moved mountains to support colleagues and people living with cancer when they needed it most. So, this year we’ve launched a new award category: Whatever It Takes. You can find out about our award categories below.

Our award categories

The awards are presented in four categories:

  • Innovation Excellence
    This category is for nominees and teams who have introduced a new approach to service or product development and delivery.
  • Integration Excellence
    This category is for nominees and teams who have improved the coordination of services and enabled integration across settings such acute, primary, social and voluntary or through digital services, to provide a seamless experience for people living with cancer.
  • Quality Improvement Excellence
    This category is for nominees and teams who have made significant improvements to an existing service for people living with cancer.
  • Whatever It Takes
    This new award category will recognise those extraordinary efforts, where individuals and teams have had to adapt, innovate, collaborate, support wellbeing initiatives, show great resilience despite distressing situations and lead with compassion.

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Why nominate for an award?

There are many reasons to nominate a professional or team for an award:

  • Gain industry-level recognition for an individual or team among their professional community, peers and the public
  • Inspire others by highlighting best practice in your area which exceeds the high standards expected of Macmillan professionals
  • Support future service development by helping your nominee to evaluate their impact
  • Personal development opportunities for nominees, thanks to a rigorous judging process, which includes a live presentation
  • Receive credible feedback to help develop and further advance your nominee's practice
  • Winners receive an award, including a certificate and PR opportunities.

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2019 award winners

Choosing our finalists from such an amazing and inspiring selection of people wasn’t easy. We'd like to congratulate everybody for the fantastic work they do to support people living with cancer.

You can see the full list of 2019 winners below.

  • Lifetime Achievement Award

    Mandy Shewbridge, Former Macmillan Nurse Lead

    With a career spanning more than 30 years, Amanda has worked tirelessly to influence, challenge and improve outcomes and experiences for people living with cancer in London and the South East of England.

    Watch the thank you video.

  • Innovation Excellence Award

    This category celebrates four winners who have introduced a new approach to service or product development and delivery. Our 2019 winners included:

    • Macmillan East Midlands Brain Metastases Service, Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust
    • Rapid Diagnostic Centre Team, Swansea Bay University Health Board
    • Specialist Palliative Care Team, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
    • The C-Factor Team, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust.

    Watch the thank you video.

  • Integration Excellence Award

    This category recognises four winners who have provided a seamless experience for people living with cancer. Our 2019 winners included:

    • Philippa Hyman, Healthy London Partnership
    • Macmillan Acute Oncology Nursing Team, Health and Social Care Trusts Northern Ireland
    • Macmillan Primary Care Cancer Framework Team, Public Health Wales NHS Trust
    • Rosie Roberts, Macmillan Acute Oncology Service Quality Assurance Development and Support Manager, Welsh Cancer Network.

    Watch the thank you video.

  • Quality Improvement Award

    This category celebrates four winners who have introduced a new approach to service or product development and delivery. Our 2019 winners included:

    • Macmillan Highland Welfare Benefits Service, Highland Citizens Advice Bureau
    • Prostate Brachytherapy Team, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
    • Justin Trewren, Macmillan Fast Track Facilitator, Mid Yorkshire Hospital Trust
    • Urology Team, Barts Health NHS Trust.

    Watch the thank you video

Get in touch

If you have any questions about the Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards, please get in touch at professionalsawards@macmillan.org.uk.