Cornwall nurse facilitator honoured at national cancer excellence awards

A Macmillan Nurse Facilitator at Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust has been honoured for her inspirational work in cancer care.
Judy Clapp won the ‘Integration Excellence’ individual award at the prestigious 2018 Macmillan Cancer Support Excellence Awards. The award was presented to Judy by ceremony host, multi-award-winning journalist and broadcaster Victoria Derbyshire, on Thursday 8 November at The Birmingham Hilton Metropole Hotel.

As the Integration Excellence award-winner, Judy was considered to have created effective new initiatives that have improved the quality and experience of care for people living with cancer.

The only Macmillan primary care nurse facilitator in Cornwall, Judy has brought primary and secondary care teams together to work in a more joined up way, resulting in better care for cancer patients across the county. Her achievements include: designing and running education programmes for primary care colleagues such as GPs, nurses and healthcare assistants to help them better support people living with cancer; establishing a network Cancer Champions across primary care with bespoke Macmillan information points in all their surgeries for support and information close to home; Judy has also used her influence to shape strategy at high levels and challenge established cultures and mindsets to effect change.

“I always bring things back to the patients and asking them what they need and what they want,’ explains Judy. ‘When you’re passionate about something it’s a lot easier to find solutions, think outside of the box and come up with different ways of working. I am proud and honoured to have won this award.”

“Congratulations to Judy on winning the prestigious Macmillan Integration Excellence Award” said Ed Murphy, Macmillan’s Head of Services for the South West. “Judy has achieved so much over the years by pioneering a joined-up approach and forging links between both primary and secondary care, and social care teams across the county. I have no doubt that the patient experience in Cornwall has been much improved by Judy’s hard work.”

Jacqui Hodge, Macmillan Partnership Manager in Cornwall added

“Over the years Judy’s passion and determination has had a huge impact on improving cancer services for local people by improving communication and connections between healthcare staff at the hospital and those providing nursing, care and support in primary care and out in our communities. Judy is a real credit to Macmillan, our partners and to Cornwall.”

The Macmillan Excellence Awards, which are now in their seventh year, were developed to celebrate the outstanding work carried out by Macmillan health and social care professionals across the country. The event recognised excellence in three areas: service improvement, innovation and integration.

Over 350 health and social care professionals and guests attended the awards ceremony.

For support, information or if you have any questions, call Macmillan Cancer Support free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit

Image caption: Victoria Derbyshire, Judy Clapp Macmillan Nurse Facilitator and Jan Bolton, Macmillan Social Worker and panel member

Added on November 13, 2018, in Awards - Awards and Achievements / Cancer Services