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I am honoured to be adopted by Macmillan. Normally it is the nurses and other professionals who get adopted, but it looks like that I am one of the first consultant surgeons to get such an opportunity. It is just not me but my team Sarah Minns and Tyra Stevens have also been adopted.

It is a wonderful to be associated with such an compassionate organisation. It offers me the opportunity to gain better access to all kinds of resources which in turn will have me to offer better treatments for my patients. So a big Thank You to Macmillan.

According to the Macmillan guidelines, the following applies regarding adoption. 

  1. • The Macmillan induction programme
  2. • Learning and development events
  3. • Networking events
  4. • Grants for learning and development (within our criterion) – individual and group
  5. • Free coaching service
  6. • Access to free materials and branded merchandise to help them promote themself and their service
  7. • Involvement with Macmillan’s wider influencing activity
  8. • Digital learning and information resources
  9. • Access to funding for service development through case of need
  10. • Macmillan’s regular e-bulletins and free professional journal Mac Voice – including updates about our work and projects we think may interest them
  11. • Grants for people affected by cancer who the post holder supports
  12. • Access to free information, toolkits and resources to support them in their role, as well as quality information for people affected by cancer
  13. • Information about the ways people affected by cancer can get involved with Macmillan.

Support The post holder can expect Macmillan to:z

  • • Facilitate professional networks
  • • Encourage and listen to their feedback and be open to change and new ideas
  • • Provide free information and guidance
  • • Provide accessible, responsive Macmillan representatives when they need them
  • • Provide support for service improvement and problem solving
  • • Facilitate and mediate in their work challenges (where appropriate and in discussion with their employer)
  • • Provide strategic and expert knowledge in cancer services provision
  • • Offer support to deliver case-of-need outcomes and improve cancer services
  • • Be an unbiased ‘critical friend’
  • • Influence cancer service development
  • • Understand the local complex environment, multiple agencies and constraints
  • • Provide insight from wider cancer services and a broad overview of the needs of people affected by cancer.

I really hope I can the best use of such resources and a special partnership with Macmillan.