breast care team
Specialist breast care team shortlisted for Macmillan Professionals Excellence Award
10 August 2017

A TEAM from Pennine Acute Trust has been shortlisted for a national Macmillan Professionals Excellence Award which recognises and celebrates the outstanding contribution Macmillan professionals make to cancer services.

The specialist breast cancer team is a finalist in the service improvement excellence category, which rewards people who have developed integrated services which have greatly improved the experiences of people affected by cancer.

The team has been through a rigorous assessment process where representatives have presented to a panel of judges including Macmillan Cancer Support, charity trustees and people affected by cancer. 

Four winners will be announced on the evening of 16 November at the Macmillan Professionals Awards ceremony in London and the lucky winners will receive £150 plus an award for an individual winner, and £500 and a plaque for a winning team.

Led by Clare Brearley, Macmillan breast advanced nurse practitioner/lead nurse, the team comprises Amanda Snippe, Macmillan breast clinical nurse specialist/MCIP project lead; Tracy Knuckey, Macmillan breast cancer after care coordinator; Mr Absar, MCIP lead breast clinical lead/oncoplastic breast surgeon; Imelda Hughes, Macmillan breast advanced nurse practitioner; Gillian Donnelly, Macmillan breast clinical nurse specialist and Susan Bennici, prosthetic advisor.

Together with a team from the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust which includes Nicola Stubbs, Macmillan breast clinical nurse specialist/MCIP project lead; Fiona O’Regan, Macmillan breast nurse lead and Mr Johnson, breast clinical lead/oncoplastic breast surgeon, they implemented a Macmillan Cancer Improvement Partnership (MCIP) pilot study to support self-management for breast cancer patients with a Manchester postcode.

As part of the new model, patients will continue to have annual surveillance mammograms, but they will no longer be brought back to the Trust for clinic appointments every year. Instead suitable patients are moved to a supported self-management pathway where intervention from health professionals is tailored according to the individual patient’s need.

Amanda Snippe, Macmillan breast clinical nurse specialist at Pennine Acute Trust, said: “Pennine Acute joined with Macmillan and the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM), to develop a new model of monitoring and aftercare to improve the pathway of care for primary breast cancer patients. The collaboration between these three partners has involved designing protocols and pathways so that it is perceived breast patients in the future will be assessed with a view to supported self-management.”

Pennine Acute Trust was the first Trust in the North West to implement the model last October, with UHSM following in November 2016. At Pennine all breast cancer patients are now given a treatment summary appointment approximately four months after the completion of their initial treatment which aims to address any unmet needs.

This is a 45 minute appointment with a Macmillan breast clinical nurse specialist. At the appointment an electronic holistic needs assessment (e-HNA) is completed which is used to identify any areas the patient may be struggling with and a care and action plan is then developed. The patient’s diagnosis, histology and treatment is explained to them, plus information is given about any side-effects from their treatment and signs and symptoms to look out for which may indicate a local or regional recurrence of cancer.

Patients are then invited to attend a health and wellbeing event at the breast unit at The Royal Oldham Hospital in place of follow-up appointments.

Clare Brearley, Macmillan breast advanced nurse practitioner/lead nurse, said: “Being shortlisted for this nomination has meant the world to us as a team. Patient feedback via questionnaires has been 100% positive and the nomination has been a recognition of the hard work and dedication of all members of the breast team to develop a new service, putting patient care at the forefront of what we do. The nomination is an amazing boost to our team and I am very proud of each and every one of them.”

NOTE TO EDITORS

A second team from Pennine Acute Trust are also shortlisted in the same award category.  The Living With and Beyond Cancer project team based at The Royal Oldham Hospital are shortlisted finalists for the service improvement excellence category.

Pictured left to right: Susan Bennici, prosthetic advisor; Amanda Snippe, Macmillan breast clinical nurse specialist; Tracy Knuckey, Macmillan breast cancer after care coordinator;

Gillian Donnelly, Macmillan breast clinical nurse specialist and Clare Brearley, Macmillan breast advanced nurse practitioner/lead nurse.

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