Physical Activity Clinical Champions

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PHE are offering FREE locally tailored peer to peer training sessions for nurses and other interested health care professionals in primary and secondary care.

  • PHE-trained nurse facilitator
  • Practical, interactive sessions based on the latest national and international data, research and evidence
  • Flexible sessions offer groups of 20 and above with 1 to 2.5 hours of CPD material shown to increase clinicians understanding, confidence and expertise for clinical practice

Available across England until 31st March 2018.

To book your free sessions email the PHE Team at: physicalactivity@phe.gov.uk

Download the posters here:

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Good Luck Jenna

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This month we say goodbye and good luck to our fantastic Physical Activity Project Manager (Development) Jenna Stockwell.

Jenna will be moving on to an exciting role at the British Lung Foundation as Physical Activity Behavior Change Lead. We wish Jenna all the best in her new career.

Jenna said:

“I’ve absolutely loved my three years at Macmillan. It’s been so great working alongside the team as the leaders in our field and making a real difference to the lives of people affected by cancer. I’m pleased that I’ll be able to continue to work closely with Macmillan through my role at the BLF, and in a voluntary capacity for Macmillan delivering the VBA training. Thank you to all of you who have made the last three years the best of my career so far – I will see you all very soon I’m sure!”

 

Tottenham celebrates three years delivering Move More

 

Spurs and Macmillan Cancer Support are celebrating three years of helping North Londoners fight cancer through physical activity, with over 630 participants benefitting from the Move4You (formally ACE) programme.

The initiative sees specialist cancer rehabilitation instructors from the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation deliver free weekly sessions at selected Fusion Leisure Centres for adults either living with or recovering from cancer in Haringey, Enfield, Barnet and Islington.

Goalkeeper Pau Lopez helped celebrate the milestone at White Hart Lane, taking part in exercise sessions, cutting an anniversary cake and meeting people who have benefitted from Move4You.

The 22-year-old participated in seated aerobics, stretching and relaxation exercises alongside current and former participants on the programme.

Pau said: “I am extremely proud of the work the Club and Macmillan are doing to help improve the lives of so many people who have been affected by cancer.

“It is inspiring to meet people who have taken part in the programme, hear their individual stories and find out about how they have benefitted from the great work that takes place.”

Today there are more than 200,000 people living with cancer in London. Evidence shows that being active can help prevent and manage some of the effects of cancer treatment; such as fatigue, depression and risks to heart health, and may even reduce the risk of some cancers progressing or returning.

Differing considerably from typical exercise sessions offered by local gyms, Move4You gives people affected by cancer the support and motivation to be active, focusing on gentle exercises that promote a steady progression. Through a combination of cycling, walking and circuits, progress is monitored over a 12-week period where participants are encouraged to reach personal goals.

Tottenham resident Joseph is just one of the 630 people to benefit from the programme. Diagnosed with prostate cancer, Joseph underwent extensive chemotherapy and struggled with basic movements before being referred onto a Move4You course in 2016 by his GP.

Below: Joseph meets Pau

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Now in remission, Joseph said: “Throughout my treatment for cancer I found it very difficult to do simple things like walk up the stairs or get in the bath and I lost my sense of independence.

“Being part of Move4You has helped enormously and I thoroughly enjoyed the sessions with my Tottenham Hotspur Foundation instructor Emiliano. I now have the confidence to exercise independently while my range of movement has improved dramatically.

“I wish to thank everyone from the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and Macmillan for all their support. It has changed my life.”

Grant Cornwell MBE, Chief Executive, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, said: “The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation is committed to supporting people living with and beyond cancer in the local community.

“I’m delighted that, with the help of Macmillan, we are able to offer this bespoke exercise scheme which has had a positive impact on so many lives.”

Ed Tallis, Macmillan Head of Services in London said: “We know that taking part in physical activity during and after cancer treatment can play a huge part in enabling people living with cancer to take back control. So we are delighted with the success of the Move4You programme, and seeing the real difference it makes in the lives of those taking part.”

For more information about the Move4You programme email foundation@tottenhamhotspur.com

Thank You Justin Webb

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The Physical Activity team would like to say a huge thank you to Justin Webb Physical Activity Engagement Manager for his incredible hard work dedication and enthusiasm during his three years working at Macmillan.

Justin’s insight and experience will be greatly missed, he has led the way on developing new Move More resources and our healthcare professional training offer. Please join us in thanking him for his contribution to our success and wishing him all the best in his new career.

Before Justin moved on to his new role he said:

” I have had three wonderful years at Macmillan and I am proud of what everyone has achieved over that time.

I am moving on to take a senior lectureship post at London Metropolitan University in Health and Social Care. I will mainly be lecturing in public health, health promotion, and research and evaluation methods.

I will be continuing to conduct research in partnership with Macmillan over 2017 and will continue to pursue my research interest of behaviour change within cancer care.

I would like to keep in touch with you all. Please do find me on linkedin and maybe we can collaborate in the future. I wish you all the best.”

Partnership Award for Move More Aberdeen

More Aberdeen has won a prestigious award in recognition of its positive approach to partnership working.

Move More Aberdeen, a partnership project funded by Macmillan Cancer Support and delivered in partnership with Sport Aberdeen, was awarded the Aberdeen Council of Voluntary Organisations (ACVO) Award for ‘Connecting and Collaborating’ in recognition of the impact of partnership working across cancer services in Aberdeen City.

Since the inception of the programme Move More Aberdeen has worked closely with NHS Grampian, CLAN Cancer Support and Paths for All to embed physical activity into the cancer care pathway. The programme has received 271 referrals since the start of activity in January 2015.

Sport Aberdeen’s director for Sport and Active Lifestyles Jo Bell said:

“As a registered charity, Sport Aberdeen is committed to creating opportunities, inspiring people and changing lives through sport and physical activity. This award is a fantastic recognition of the partnership-working approach which often makes meeting our commitment possible.

Macmillan Partnership Manager Joanne Adamson said: “This award reflects the hard work and dedication of the Move More Aberdeen team and highlights the importance of partnership working to ensure that people affected by cancer are given the support they need to get back into physical activity.”

Participants in the Move More Aberdeen programme can choose from a range of activities including walking groups, gentle movement, gardening and circuits-based activity classes.

In the past year, the programme has worked with NHS Grampian and Friends of ANCHOR to introduce a gentle exercise group at the radiotherapy department in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. This is a pioneering service, raising the profile of physical activity in the clinical environment and improving access to physical activity for cancer patients having radiotherapy treatment.

Gordon Lees, Move More Aberdeen participant, said:

“During a long course of radiotherapy I noticed how very much less mobile I was becoming but I felt too tired to do exercise. Luckily, the carefully chosen, gentle seated exercises at the radiotherapy department had started up during my last two weeks’ treatment.”

“Very quickly, my stiffness began to disappear, the coordination and the strength and range of movements increased. Further improvements in balance, general fitness and sense of well-being have been achieved with the (Move More Aberdeen) circuits at the Beach Leisure Centre.  Highly recommended!”

For further information about Move More Aberdeen, please call Josefine Björkqvist on 01224 047925 or email MoveMore@sportaberdeen.co.uk

 

 

Thank you and Goodbye Macmillan

My name is Naomi Wylde, and I am currently studying Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Bath, and doing a placement within industry is a compulsory part of my degree. I have now come to the end of my placement experience within the Physical Activity team at Macmillan, and couldn’t be any more grateful for the support I have received.

I started Macmillan 10 months ago with a whole mixture of feelings. I was very excited to start a new challenge, learn new skills, and help to support people affected by cancer. However this encompassed being nervous, scared, and worried about whether I was good enough for the job.

Being surrounded by an amazing team has meant I have had countless opportunities for learning and developing. This has been in the form of working on a range of projects, attending training days, and going to conferences. In particular I thoroughly enjoyed organising the Manchester Knowledge Exchange Workshop, attending Motivational Interviewing training, and influencing other organisations at the Age UK conference. Within these experiences I have had the pleasure of travelling across London, and other areas of the country, seeing new things, and meeting new people.

The biggest highlights for me have been meeting people living with and beyond cancer, hearing their stories, and what Macmillan has done for them. Then, meeting the people who provide Macmillan services to support people affected by cancer through physical activity, and being a part of their development and support network has been really interesting. Additionally, I have worked with the Walking for Health team on various projects, and had the opportunity to attend health walks, talking to people about their experiences.

I cannot thank Macmillan Cancer Support, and Walking for Health enough for their continued support and encouragement throughout my 10 month placement. I now know I will suit a career within the public or third sector, and I am a much more confident individual who is ready and excited for my future.

 

Move More West Suffolk Success Story!

Local rock guitarist, Colin Moore (65) from Great Ashfield, was diagnosed with throat cancer in October 2014. Move More West Suffolk and Anna, the Macmillan Physiotherapist at Bury Physio, has helped him to recover his strength, confidence and voice to get back on stage in Suffolk.

Colin’s diagnosis of throat cancer was a real shock, after initially thinking he was just experiencing hay fever symptoms. He got referred to a specialist a few weeks after his second trip to his GP. Then after a nasal endoscopy, and biopsy, he was diagnosed.

Colin was surprised and how much Chemotherapy and radiotherapy fatigued him, and along with loss of 3 stone in weight due to the inability to swallow food properly he really didn’t feel himself anymore; the guitar player in a rock band, and an engineer as a profession.

“It felt like I wasn’t me anymore. I didn’t have the strength to pick up an amplifier, I ran out of breath easily and there was no way I could stand holding a guitar for a two-hour gig”

Due to these setbacks he decided it was time to get his confidence back and get fitter. Colin’s wife was with him for every appointment, and found the Move More West Suffolk leaflet and supported Colin to attend the service. This really highlights the importance of having support from partners and family.

Macmillan’s research shows exercise can slow disease progression and ease the side effects of treatment, such as depression, fatigue, and joint pain. Colin was treated by Anna Clayton, the Macmillan physiotherapist at Bury Physio. Her treatment worked wonders for Colin’s mental and physical health.

“The emotional side of things is often overlooked. I felt, looked, and sounded different after my cancer treatment. The Move More programme gave me the push to go out and meet people again”

Although the journey to recovery was a slow one Anna made the whole process easier for colin, treating him as an individual and working towards his goals.

“She played an important part in helping me get my confidence back”

Challenge Events 2017

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Taking on a challenge event for Macmillan is not only a brilliant way to raise vital funds for people affected by cancer, it’s also a fantastic opportunity to take on a large range of new and exciting challenges with your colleagues, service users, friends, and family. These events are known to build morale, they create friendly competition and having a team behind you always makes training and the event more fun.

Macmillan Cancer Support has created a huge variety of Challenge Events for you to try your hands at, and we have provided some more information below. However, firstly we would like to remind you of where your fundraising money goes.

In 2015 778,000 people were helped by Macmillan Healthcare Professionals, 284,404 people benefited from Cancer Information and Support Services, 62,471 people accessed the Macmillan Support line, and £280 million in benefits and grants were secured for people affected by cancer, helping over 127,000 people. All of these factors and more are supported by the funds you raise!

Don’t forget there is a Move More 50% OFF Discount Code!

  • Run Regents Park – 11th June
    • Sign up to run a 5k, 10k, or kids mini run in one of London’s landmark parks!
  • London to Amsterdam – 14th – 16th July
    • A European Classic Cycling Challenge! 250k from London to the cycling bike of the world. Canals, cobbled streets and beautiful architecture!
  • Ride London – 30th July
    • Cycle 100 miles from London to Surrey, passing many of London’s iconic landmarks on the way!
  • Great North Run – 10th September
    • Join 50,000 other runners from the centre of Newcastle to the stunning coastline of South Shields for this half marathon!
  • Mighty Hikes – June, July and September
    • Marathon Distance Might Hikes in 8 UK destinations: Loch Lomond, South Coast, Lake District, Hadrian’s Wall, Jurassic Coast, Cotswold Way, Thames Path, Peak District.
  • Take on a Triathlon – June, July, September
    • Cholmondeley Castle Triathlon Cheshire, Festival of Endurance at Hever Castle Kent, Castle Howard Triathlon York, Hever Castle Triathlon Kent, OR go international in Ireland, Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon, and France, the Château de Chantilly Triathlon.
  • All Out Swim – TBC
    • 2k and 5k swim series in Letchworth outdoor pool, Pelles Pool in Lewes, Sanford Parks Lido in Cheltenham, Brockwell Lido in London, and Guildford Lido