Springfield Hospital's Oncology Centre Receives Macmillan AccreditationThursday 5 October 2017


Springfield Hospital's Dedicated Oncology Centre received the prestigious award run by Macmillan on the 8th of September after a rigorous judgement process was conducted by the charity. The award, known as "The Macmillan Quality Environment Mark" (MQEM) is a framework that is used to assess whether environments that provide cancer care are meeting the standards required by people living with cancer. It was developed in collaboration with over 400 people living with cancer and numerous other stakeholders and was first used in 2009.

What does it mean to reach this standard?

In Macmillan's own definition by meeting the criteria for the MQEM:

"[You're] demonstrating to users of your environment that it is:

  • welcoming and accessible to all
  • respectful of people's privacy and dignity
  • supportive to users' comfort and well-being
  • giving choice and control to people using your service
  • listening to the voice of the user." *

"I am delighted that after a year of our new Oncology Centre having opened that we have successfully gained this award.  Recognition from bodies such as MacMillan demonstrate the quality of the environment now at Springfield, for our patients.  The work that our Oncology team does makes such a difference to our patients at a worrying time for them and their friends and families, award such as this one provide them with the confidence that our service and environment is designed with them in mind and takes into consideration their views on how we could continue to make this better for them." Stuart Emerson, General Manager at Springfield Hospital

Source: https://www.macmillan.org.uk/about-us/health-professionals/programmes-and-services/mqem

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