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Macmillan Cancer Support honours Macmillan professionals at Excellence Awards 2013

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Macmillan Cancer Support honoured the incredible work of Macmillan nurses and other professionals at their prestigious Macmillan Excellence Awards, held at The Palace Hotel in Manchester on 07 November.

Hosted by Olympic rower, Greg Searle MBE, the charity presented 10 awards which recognised excellence in four areas: Service Improvement, Innovation, Partnership, and Teamwork. A fellowship award was also awarded.

The awards, now in their second year, have been developed to recognise and celebrate the outstanding work carried out by Macmillan professionals. There are over 7,500 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.

Juliet Bouverie, Director of Services at Macmillan Cancer Support, says: “The Macmillan Excellence Awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the exceptional contribution Macmillan professionals make to cancer services.

“Each category has been carefully selected as being important in improving the lives of people living with cancer, and shows the value we place on high quality and innovative services, partnership working, and teamwork. Macmillan professionals are fantastic role-models and we thank them for everything they do in making a difference to the lives of people with cancer and their families.”

The 2013 Macmillan Excellence Award winners are:

Service Improvement Excellence Award

·               Sarah Burton, Macmillan Lead Gynae-Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Velindre Cancer Centre

·               Kathryn Elias, Macmillan Oncology Physiotherapist, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

·               Ruth Thompson, Macmillan Haematology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Innovation Excellence Award

·               Morven Maclean, Macmillan Volunteering Manager, Glasgow Life

·               Anna-Marie Stevens, Macmillan Nurse Consultant Palliative Care, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Partnership Excellence Award

·               Barbara Machin, Macmillan Specialist Dietitian, York Health Services NHS Trust

·               Ben Heyworth, Macmillan Project Manager, Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

·               Sandra Campbell, Macmillan Nurse Consultant for Cancer and Palliative Care, NHS Forth Valley

Team Excellence Award

·               Lymphoedema Service, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

·               Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre, East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

Anna-Marie Stevens, Macmillan Nurse Consultant in Cancer and Palliative Care at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, was awarded a Macmillan Fellowship award for establishing Hospital2Home service. The Fellowship grant will enable her to further study the needs of patients and families who have life limiting cancer but who do not yet require specialist palliative care support.

Anna-Marie says: “It is such an honour to receive this award. With the support from Macmillan I feel very fortunate to work within a setting and a team that continually strives together to provide the best care for cancer patients and their carers.”

To see videos of the winners and their work, visit

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