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Radiographer nominated for Macmillan excellence award

24 June, 2019

Linda Bedford, Macmillan consultant radiographer at Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, has been shortlisted for an award in innovation excellence at the 2019 Macmillan Excellence Awards.

She is one of eight individuals and 16 teams shortlisted, from a record-breaking 87 nominations across three excellence awards categories: innovation, integration and quality improvement.

“I feel humbled to be nominated and then shortlisted. Palliative radiotherapy needs to be seen in parity with all the amazing work we do for radical treatments and I am passionate about this,” Linda said.

“Getting this far is amazing. If I can use this platform to spread the word and evidence base for improved palliative radiotherapy, then I have already won.”

Dr Lisa Durrant, Macmillan consultant radiographer for late effects, nominated Linda for her work to improve the quality and experience for palliative patients.

The nomination explained, “Linda is a natural leader and role model. She has driven the formation and development of the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) and palliative protocol herself and engaged staff at all levels.”

Two UK firsts have also been achieved by Linda, after she researched, wrote and disseminated the first comprehensive palliative radiotherapy protocol and formed an outreach service and an MDT to ensure optimal treatment and the best outcomes for her patient group.

Lisa said, “Linda's protocol and MDT are not purely technical advances but consistently put the patient at the centre of her work.

“Her innovative outreach service strives to allow patients to maintain dignity, retaining their autonomy and choices and dying well.”

The winners will be announced at the Macmillan Professionals Conference on 7 November 2019 in Birmingham.

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