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  Tuesday, November 12, 2019

A team of more than 20 cancer professionals at Aintree University Hospital have been adopted by a leading cancer charity.

The clinical nurse specialists and allied health care professionals, who have been adopted by Macmillan Cancer Support, meet the high standards of care and support provided by Macmillan.

The adoption means they will become Macmillan professionals with access to the charity’s specialist training and development opportunities in cancer care.

Tanya Humphreys, Macmillan’s Interim Head of Service in the North West, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome these professionals from Aintree to Macmillan Cancer Support. Macmillan professionals are our greatest asset, as they support people affected by cancer at the moments that matter, and we feel privileged to be able to support them in that.

“This is also a great example of how Macmillan is working with the NHS, and other partners, to support and enhance the capacity and expertise of our cancer workforce.”

Macmillan has been working closely with Aintree to adopt the professionals, who specialise in a range of cancer care services, including breast, head and neck, haematology, lung, acute oncology, hepatobiliary, palliative, upper GI (gastrointestinal) and urology.

The charity also funds several key projects at the hospital, including the urgent care team, lung single point of access, cancer education and integration lead post, head and neck and the prehab team.

And, by working collaboratively with the Trust, Macmillan is hoping to adopt a further eight professionals, along with the prehab team, next year.

Clare Pratt, Director of Nursing Quality for Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, added:

“We’re so proud that these professionals are able to wear the Macmillan badge. It means they’ll be supported with specialist training and have access to learning and development grants to help increase their expertise.

“The cancer CNS and AHP teams at Aintree strive to improve the quality of care given to patients, carers and families who have been diagnosed, treated and affected by cancer, and this adoption will ultimately strengthen the care and support we’re able to deliver to local residents.”

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