BCH Macmillan Haematology Nurse Specialist wins prestigious award


Ruth Thompson, a local Macmillan professional has won a prestigious title at the 2013 Macmillan Excellence Awards held recently at The Palace Hotel in Manchester.

Ruth a Macmillan Haematology Nurse Specialist at Belfast City Hospital was presented with the Service Improvement Award during a glittering awards ceremony hosted by Olympic rower and gold medallist, Greg Searle MBE.

Ruth is part of a team of local Macmillan professionals supporting people affected by cancer every step of the way. The charity is only able to fund roles like this with the support of people who gives their time or help to raise funds.

On receiving the award Ruth Thompson said: “Receiving this award is a real honour and I’m touched that Macmillan have recognised my work in this way. I wanted to make sure my work improved the experience for our patients, many of whom need regular treatment, I wanted to ensure this was as easy as possible, made their lives simpler and gave them as much free time with their families as possible.”

Jennifer Welsh Director of Cancer and Specialist Services said “I am delighted that Ruth has been honoured by such a prestigious award. It is a recognition of all her hard work and dedication to both her patients and colleagues here at the Cancer centre”

The charity presented fifteen awards which recognised excellence in four areas: Service Improvement, Innovation, Partnership and Teamwork. The awards are now in their second year, having been developed to celebrate the outstanding work carried out by Macmillan professionals. There are almost 8,000 Macmillan health and social care professionals across the UK, many of whom are specialists in their area of cancer care and leaders in their field.

About the Award

The award recognises Macmillan professionals who have introduced a new approach to service delivery which has impacted positively on one or more of: quality, productivity, outcomes and/or patient/carer experience.

Barry McVeigh Macmillan Development Manager in Northern Ireland said:

“Through exceptional determination and dedication, Ruth has dramatically improved the services for haematology patients in Belfast. Over the last decade many haematological conditions have evolved into long-term chronic illnesses, requiring patients to see a consultant every three months. This presents ever increasing demands on the service leading to long waiting times with clinics being rushed and the time given to patients limited. Ruth has taken on this problem by setting up a nurse led clinic and telephone review clinic which have both significantly improved the patient experience, giving them more choice and allowing them to spend less time in hospital. Winning this award is an incredible achievement; Ruth is doing an excellent job and is a credit to both Macmillan and Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.”

Cancer is the toughest fight most of us will face. Macmillan wants to be there for the two million people in the UK currently with or beyond cancer, to make sure nobody has to face the journey alone.

If you have questions about cancer, or would like to know how you can support Macmillan, visit www.macmillan.org.uk or call 0808 808 00 00.

You can see a short clip with some more information on Ruth here