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30 October 2017

Bristol IAM Portal Project Team Finalists for Macmillan Excellence Award

A Bristol based Integrated Assessment Map (IAM) Portal Project Team has been shortlisted for a prestigious award recognising their inspirational work supporting people affected by cancer in the area.

Jamie Cargill, Teenage Cancer Trust Lead Nurse, Professor Mike Stevens, Emeritus Professor of Paediatric Oncology and IAM Portal Project Director and Jen Cheshire, Teenage Cancer Trust IAM Portal National Implementation Project Manager based at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust were nominated by colleagues in the Innovation Excellence (Team) category which recognises people whose vision and commitment has made a lasting difference to the quality of services offered to people affected by cancer.

The IAM Portal Project Team is improving the cancer journey for teenagers and young people by making their voices central to their care. Patients complete an innovative digital holistic needs assessment on the portal, and the results form the backbone of Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) discussions about their needs. Users can also utilise the portal to find a comprehensive range of age-appropriate information, and to contact their medical team with any concerns. The third component of the portal is SWIMMS - a bespoke MDT management system which allows professionals across the region to register young people with the Teenage and Young Adult Service (TYA); provides a way to manage and record MDT meeting activity, including the generation of a care plan; and the production of activity data reports for service management purposes. The portal, which was jointly funded by Macmillan Cancer Support and Teenage Cancer Trust, is now being taken forward nationally.

MMA shortlist

'We wanted a simple framework for good conversations within MDTs,' says Jamie Cargill from the team. 'There wasn't anything already out there, so we had to develop something of our own. We wanted to create a digital platform that offered access to good advice, particularly around psychological and social support, and that allowed patients to contact the team and tell them what they're worried about.'

'Because the self-assessment element of the portal is central to MDT discussions, many clinicians have told us that it's made them think differently about engaging with young people. They realise that they should be talking about their patients' wider needs and not just about drugs and surgery. It's been fantastic to see people change their practice as a result of the portal.'

The awards, which are now in their sixth year are a perfect opportunity for us to recognise and thank pioneering teams and individuals who deliver the highest standards of care for people affected by cancer.

Last year more than 300 Macmillan professionals as well as representatives from Macmillan and leading healthcare institutions 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