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The Service is staffed by our Macmillan Cancer Information Specialist, Macmillan Cancer Information Officer and Macmillan Cancer Information Assistants who can provide information and support at any stage of a cancer journey.

Macmillan Cancer Information Specialist and Service Lead

Alison Hall image  Alison Hall

My role as Macmillan Cancer Information Specialist is to ensure the service we provide is of the highest possible standard, that the information held by the Service is current and that staff knowledge is the best it can be in order to provide an effective service. I support anyone affected by cancer and offer one-to-one emotional support, support with accessing benefits and grants, information about symptom management and treatment and much more. I often tell those accessing our service to ‘ask me anything!’. If you are unsure who to talk to or where to turn, our service can provide the information and support you need.

I have worked in the NHS since 2002 after qualifying as an Occupational Therapist and I have been with Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust since 2009. I have predominantly worked within Long Term Conditions and Palliative Care and as a Senior Occupational Therapist I specialised in Oncology and Haematology. I came to this role in January 2014 as the Service’s Information Specialist and Lead. Leading the Service is the most interesting and challenging role I have ever had. I find every day I work to be incredibly humbling and rewarding. Every day I meet, help, listen and provide support to those facing very difficult times in their lives. The courage and strength that I have seen during my time working for the service is astounding and when people need a helping hand I am in the fortunate position of being able to lend one.

Macmillan Cancer Information Officer

 

Leanne Edwards Leanne Edwards

I am a Social Worker by background. I have worked as an adult Social Worker since 2010 primarily within Hospital settings. I have also worked in the community using a strengths based approach to enable people to maintain as much independence as possible. I have worked with people living with cancer for many years, for much of this time I was based on the Oncology and Haematology wards at Nottingham City Hospital. During this time I provided support for cancer patients, their carers and families. I joined the Macmillan Cancer Information Service in March 2022 as a Macmillan Cancer Information Officer. I am passionate about supporting people, their carers and loved ones who are affected by cancer, in a way that is focussed on them and what they need at the right time. This could be assisting with benefits or finances, providing information on treatments and side effects or simply being a listening ear.

Macmillan Cancer Information Assistants

 

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Karen Taylor

I joined the Macmillan Information and Support Service at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust in March 2020. I qualified as a social worker in 2001 and have worked in community and hospital social work teams. I have also worked as a Massage Therapist at the Nottinghamshire Hospice, a Living Well Coordinator for Age UK Notts and in Mental Health daycare. I have volunteered for Victim Support, Notts Hospice and Skylarks and have worked as a volunteer coordinator.

I am passionate about providing a caring, person-centred and accessible service to those who need support. Whether this is emotional support, help to access benefits and grants or providing information about symptoms, treatments and their side-effects, I am looking forward to contributing to the Macmillan Information and Support Service and putting people in touch with the help they need.