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Nursing Times Award for Macmillan Urology Service

The Macmillan Urology Service at Wirral University Teaching Hospital was announced as the deserving winner of the Cancer Nursing category at the Nursing Times Awards 2019.

At a glittering ceremony at the prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel in London this week, nurses and organisations from across the profession were honoured across 23 categories in a night of recognition dedicated to celebrating exceptional achievement.

Following a rigorous judging process, the Macmillan Urology Service emerged as the winner of the Cancer Nursing Award for their work in how they have changed the service to improve experience for cancer patients. This includes a nurse led clinic for patients with suspected cancer, a new programme allowing patients greater self-control to manage their health after a cancer diagnosis. Patients can also access their own information via an electronic portal meaning they don’t have to travel to the hospital for results.

Judges said this innovative, person-centred improvement, which embraces digital technology, allowed people living with cancer to take control of their care and support, and enabled people to live life as fully as they can. There was a recognition by the nursing team that service improvement was needed, which was then implemented following user involvement

Dawn Miller, Macmillan Lead Cancer Nurse at Wirral University Teaching Hospital, said: “I am delighted that our team has won this award. We strive to provide the best possible care for our patients and it is fantastic that our innovative work is having a real positive impact on patient experience.”

Editor of Nursing Times, Steve Ford, said: “The Nursing Times Awards showcase the innovation and best practice of nurses and midwives up and down the country, which I hope will be shared widely to improve care.  The awards represent a great opportunity to celebrate all that is good about the nursing profession and I would like to personally congratulate all our winners and finalists.

“Hearing about the ground-breaking work being done by nurses around the UK to improve patient care never ceases to amaze me. This is especially true at the moment given the workforce pressures that nursing staff are under in many places.

“Our awards come just a couple months before the start of the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife in 2020, which represents another huge opportunity to promote the great work of nursing staff everywhere.”

The prestigious Nursing Times Awards are in their 29th year and are well respected in the nursing and healthcare sector, representing true excellence in nursing and patient care.

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The Macmillan Urology Service who won the Cancer Nursing category at the Nursing Times Awards 2019 pictured with awards host TV presenter Joel Dommett.