New cancer support services for our patients

People with cancer across Cheshire can now get help to identify the welfare benefits to which they may be entitled to, and free, confidential, advice and support to help them return to work, thanks to a new partnership between The Macmillan Support and Information Service at Macclesfield District General Hospital, Age UK and The Shaw Trust.

The new services on offer from The Macmillan Support and Information Service include;

  • Appointment and drop-in benefits advice service with Age UK;
  • Access to the ‘Benefits Made Clear’ tool – an interactive guide that can help people affected by cancer find out what financial support they may be entitled to; and
  • The Shaw Trust Employment Service, helping cancer patients get back into work.

 Read more on the trust news page

NHS Employers NHS equal pay toolkit

Extract from The Kings Fund: 9 August

The toolkit is designed to support employers by providing key information by pay bands which allows organisations to analyse their workforces in a number of different ways. It includes detailed guides on procedure, best practice examples and links to breakdowns of workforces within NHS organisations by age, disability, ethnicity, religion or belief, and sex or sexual orientation within pay bands.

Staff Development via Radcliffe ezines:

Direct to your Inboxhttp://www.radcliffe-oxford.com/ezines.htm

Available on a free-to-subscribe basis, these ezines will provide health service staff with practical information, advice and techniques that they can put into practice on a day-by-day basis, without having to invest large portions of time, to improve their working performance and develop their knowledge base.

FREE ezines available include:

  • Mastering Management in Healthcare: For clinicians developing their careers management becomes an increasingly large portion of their role. From experienced healthcare management consultants, Andrew Price and Andrew Scowcroft, this ezine gives you the practical tools needed to become a better, more effective manager.
  • Medical Education: From editor of BMJ Learning, Dr Kieran Walsh with Ed Farrow, this ezine provides thoughtful discussion of theory and methods for educators across the heath care sector, from training managers to medical academics
  • Leadership for Doctors: Useful guidance and tools for doctors moving into leadership roles at all levels, this ezine will prove particularly useful for junior doctors developing new leadership skills. Written by experienced GP and Director of Public Health Education at Cambridge, Dr Stephen Gillam and Dr Emma McGrath, a clinical leadership fellow.

Subscription is quick and straightforward – simply sign up at the links above and your chosen ezine will be delivered to your inbox. 

News from NHS Networks: 18 August

£800m will be spent to boost medical research, advancing diagnosis, prevention and treatment, and benefitting patients with diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
 
This publication is the result of a joint event between Macmillan and The King’s Fund which looked at the role of cancer networks in cancer care.

News from NHS Networks: 18 August

The Mental Health Foundation has launched a suite of films aimed at raising awareness about dementia and the use of self directed support in helping people with dementia, their families, carers and social care professionals.
 
Subject to the passage of the Health and Social Care Bill, the Department of Health will allocate funding for Local HealthWatch, NHS complaints advocacy and, potentially, PCT deprivation of liberty safeguards from October 2012.
 
Exercising for just 15 minutes a day could increase life expectancy by three years and cut the risk of death by 14%, latest research suggests.
 
A national challenge that will fund teams to develop new design-led ideas for products and services that make lives simpler, better and more enjoyable for those with dementia and their carers was launched by the Design Council and the Department of Health.
 
NHS Employers’ second monthly health, work and well-being (HWWB) update is now available.
 
Review published by NHS Choices covering Alzheimer’s disease.
 
The dementia engagement and empowerment project (DEEP) aims to identify and map out groups, projects and activities across the UK that are led by people diagnosed with dementia to influence the services and policies that affect them.
 
A new deal is needed for people at the end of their lives to ensure they are treated well and receive high quality care and support, according to a report published today by the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC).