Bristol cancer support worker shortlisted for Macmillan award after 'game-changing' effort

November 01 2016

A Montpelier based Macmillan Cancer Support worker has been shortlisted for an award in recognition of her inspirational work supporting people affected by cancer in the area.

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A Montpelier based Macmillan Cancer Support worker has been shortlisted for an award in recognition of her inspirational work supporting people affected by cancer in the area.

Gemma Wham, based at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, was nominated by colleagues in the Service Improvement Excellence Award category which recognises those who’ve developed integrated services which have greatly improved the experiences of people affected by cancer.

When Gemma took on the role of Macmillan Cancer Support Worker at University Hospitals Bristol her vision proved game changing in reshaping her rehabilitation and support service. One of her many initiatives involved introducing a one-click e-referral system allowing clinical nurse specialists to refer patients to her easily and efficiently. She also established regular, well-attended, health and wellbeing events, and supported a successful scheme to help patients boost their fitness in advance of surgery.    

Gemma said: “I am absolutely overwhelmed by the nomination. I am so privileged to be in this role and to support the people I do but this has encouraged me to continue to do the best I can. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

“The real positive about my role is the amount of time I am able to spend with patients – it’s something clinical nurse specialists simply don’t have. Patients can always access our service, and they find this reassuring.

“Macmillan has helped me to grow both personally and professionally, and they have looked after me so that I can look after lots of other people. I’m so proud about what the service has become.”

A surprise celebrity guest will be hosting the awards ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel on Thursday November 17, where the winners will be announce.For support or information call Macmillan Cancer Support free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk.