Award for Macmillan
25 July 2008
Maureen Rutter accepted an LJMU Corporate Award on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support.
The University conferred the award in recognition of the organisation's contribution to improving the lives of people affected by cancer, particularly through the work of Macmillan nurses. Macmillan provides practical, medical, emotional and financial support for people diagnosed with cancer and their families, campaigns for better cancer care and fights discrimination.
During her acceptance speech, Maureen Rutter stressed that all of the organisation's healthcare staff, from nurses to physiotherapists, radiographers to GPs, had to maintain their skills to the highest levels. This required Macmillan to work closely with academic organisations, such as LJMU, in order to ensure that its professionals secured not just a first degree or a postgraduate qualification but could also engage in effective lifelong learning.
What made Macmillan's approach different was, she said, the empathy with which their professionals deployed these skills and the commitment they showed to delivering the best available information and services to people with cancer, and those supporting them.
Maureen Rutter continued by saying that the Corporate Award represented a binding together of two organisations with shared values and she hoped that Macmillan and LJMU would work more closely together in the future.
To read the oration for Macmillan Cancer Support, click here.
Picture: LJMU Vice Chancellor, Professor Michael Brown and Maureen Rutter from MacmIllan Cancer Support