Macmillan Excellence Awards

Our head of cancer nursing, Alison Keen, has been shortlisted for a prestigious honour as part of the Macmillan Excellence Awards.

As the most experienced lead nurse within Wessex, Alison has been instrumental in bringing about numerous improvement initiatives to enhance patient care. She has led six tumour sites to implement patient-triggered follow-up, which resulted in 2,000 patients being recruited in to the pathway with more than 6,000 outpatient appointments being released.

Alison Keen - Insta

Alison has been key to introducing the use of support workers who allow cancer nurse specialists (CNS) to use their expertise appropriately.

She has also established a community of practice which encourages more nurse specialists to share good practice, problem solve, and support in delivering excellence in cancer care.

‘One of the most rewarding aspects of my role is in developing and supporting the people I lead to grow in confidence and to be aware of their expertise’, says Alison. ‘Enabling them to feel like they belong to a motivated and dynamic network, facilitates a clear sense of direction and strategy. Ultimately, that makes a real impact on patients.’

Alison has been nominated by her colleagues for the Integration Excellence Award. The nominees for this category have all improved the quality and experience of care for people affected by cancer.

The Macmillan Excellence Awards

Now in their sixth year, Macmillan’s awards recognise and thank pioneering teams and individuals who deliver the highest standards of care for people affected by cancer. Nominees come from all over the UK and categories include:

  • Service Improvement Excellence Award
  • Innovation Excellence Award
  • Integration Excellence Award

For more information on Macmillan and their awards, please visit their website.

For cancer support and information, call Macmillan cancer support for free on 0808 808 0000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm)