The Hambleton and Richmondshire community specialist palliative care team has been commended at the 2012 Macmillan Excellence Awards.
The awards launched in 2011 and were developed to celebrate the outstanding work carried out by Macmillan professionals. There are over 5,000 Macmillan health and social care professionals across the UK, many of whom are specialists in their area of cancer care and leaders in their field.
Macmillan nurse specialists Tricia Pattison and Alison Faulkner Butcher attended the national awards on behalf of the team in London.
“The team is delighted to have been awarded a commendation in the team award. The panel was particularly impressed by how we involved patients in improving the work of the community specialist palliative care team and local palliative care services,” said Tricia.
“We have made a number of improvements including the production of a patient information booklet designed by users of the service. This last year saw the access to out of hours support improved for palliative care patients and their carers in the local area by partnership working with the local fast response team. Both these initiatives have made a significant impact on the service and Macmillan plan to share this achievement nationally.”
Stephen Guy, local Macmillan development manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “This is only the second year we have run the Macmillan Excellence Awards, which offer a great opportunity to celebrate the exceptional contribution to cancer services made by Macmillan professionals. Each category has been carefully selected as being important in improving the lives of people living with cancer, and it’s fantastic to see the performance of a local team being recognised on a wider scale.
“The group is part of a team of local Macmillan experts supporting people affected by cancer every step of the way. The charity is only able to fund roles such as this with the support of everyone who gives their time or helps to raise funds. We can all make a difference by working together.”
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