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Hospice receives Macmillan award for cancer care

Author: Debbie Abrams OBE
01 May 2018

Beaumond House Community Hospice in Nottinghamshire have received the Macmillan Quality Environment Mark (MQEM), an award that assesses environments for people living with cancer. Here chief executive Debbie Abrams OBE explains how they achieved this.

Last month Beaumond House Community Hospice in Nottinghamshire completed a 98 page self-assessment schedule and submitted it to Macmillan to apply for their MQEM.   Two volunteers, Ruth and Lesley, led work with input from key members of staff to complete the schedule and flagged up where improvements could be put in place prior to completing the submission.  This was followed by an assessment visit in April. 

The MQEM is a detailed quality framework used for assessing whether cancer care environments meet the standards required by people living with cancer.  The MQEM standards were developed in collaboration with over 400 people living with cancer and with numerous stakeholders, including the Department of Health. By 2015 the MQEM programme had completed over 250 assessments.

The programme is ongoing and the award lasts for three years.  In meeting the MQEM standards, organisations such as Beaumond House are demonstrating to users of services that environments are:

  • welcoming and accessible to all
  • respectful of people's privacy and dignity
  • supportive to users' comfort and well-being
  • give choice and control to people using the service 
  • listen to the voice of the user 

Louise Sinclair, Head of Clinical Services at Beaumond House Community Hospice said:

“I am very pleased that we have achieved the accreditation for having the quality of environment required.  Although this is particularly aimed at cancer services it inevitably benefits all people who visit or stay with us at Beaumond House including patients and families, visitors, staff and volunteers.”

For more information visit Beaumond House Community Hospice

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