Wednesday 22nd November 2017

South West

Awards host, Kyran Bracken, world-cup winning, former rugby union player and Dancing on Ice Champion presented the team with the Innovation Excellence Team award at the prestigious 2017 Macmillan Excellence Awards, held at The Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow Hotel on Thursday 16 November.

The awards, which are now in their sixth year, were developed to celebrate the outstanding work carried out by Macmillan health and social care professionals across the country. The event recognised excellence in three areas: service improvement, innovation and integration.

The IAM (Integrated Assessment Mapping) Portal Project team members are Jamie Cargill, Teenage Cancer Trust Lead Nurse, Professor Mike Stevens, Emeritus Professor of Paediatric Oncology, Jen Cheshire, Teenage Cancer Trust IAM Portal National Implementation Project Manager, Sue Dolby, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Paul Beynon, IAM Portal Project Manager based at the University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust. As the Innovation Excellence award-winning team they were considered to have demonstrated vision and commitment to make a lasting difference to the quality of services offered to people living with cancer.

Their award-winning work is focused on improving the cancer journey for teenagers and young people specifically by making their voices central to their care. The ‘Integrated Assessment Mapping’ portal is an innovative digital assessment tool completed by the patients themselves. The results provide a comprehensive picture of their overall needs and are used as the backbone of discussions about their treatment. Teenage and young adult patients can also access the portal to find a range of age-appropriate information, and to contact their medical team with any concerns they might have. The portal, which was jointly funded by Macmillan Cancer Support and Teenage Cancer Trust, is now being taken forward nationally.

We are absolutely delighted to have won the Innovation Excellence award! It’s a testament to the team’s hard work and dedication and also reflects the impact the new portal has had on young people with cancer in the area,

says Jamie Cargill from the team. “The project came about because we wanted a simple framework for good conversations about patient treatment plans. There wasn’t anything already out there, so we had to develop something of our own. We wanted to create a digital platform that offered access to good advice, particularly around psychological and social support, and that allowed our young patients to contact the team and tell them what they’re worried about.”

Many clinicians have told us that it’s made them think differently about engaging with young people. They realise that they should be talking about their patients’ wider needs and not just about drugs and surgery. It’s been fantastic to see people change their practice as a result of the portal.

The awards, which are now in their sixth year are a perfect opportunity for us to recognise and thank pioneering teams and individuals who deliver the highest standards of care for people affected by cancer.