Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards


Congratulations to the Macmillan Health and Wellbeing and Clinical Nurse Specialist Team in the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust who were finalists in the recent Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards which recognises the inspirational work supporting people living with cancer.

Based at the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, the team was nominated by colleagues in the Service Improvement Excellence Award category which rewards those who have developed integrated services which have greatly improved the experiences of people living with cancer.

Driven to combat the idea of aftercare being an afterthought, the Macmillan Health and Wellbeing and Clinical Nurse Specialist Team led the redesign of cancer services within the South Eastern Trust. The team has spent the past four years reshaping care delivery, harnessing technology and developing new workforce roles to ensure empowering, person-centred care.

‘It’s very important that the health and wellbeing message runs through the whole patient journey,’ explains Caroline Lynas, Macmillan Service Improvement Lead. ‘We reinforce the fact that we’re there for patients at all stages throughout the cancer journey. We want them to identify any concerns as early as possible, so patients and families can get the help they need.’

The awards, which are now in their seventh year are a perfect opportunity to recognise and thank pioneering teams and individuals who deliver the highest standards of care for people living with cancer.

Last year more than 300 Macmillan professionals as well as representatives from Macmillan and leading healthcare institutions attended the awards ceremony.

Pictured:  L/R:  Caroline Lynas (Macmillan Service Improvement Lead), Caitlin McCoy  (Acute Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist), Mary Jo Thompson (Clinical Manager, Cancer Services) & Karen Kelly ( Macmillan Information & Support Manager)