Dr Katy Gardner, a Macmillan GP employed by NHS Liverpool CCG has been recognised by Macmillan Cancer Support for her outstanding work in cancer care.
The David Millar Award recognises outstanding achievements in influencing cancer care across boundaries and /or within primary care.
Dr Gardner was presented with the award at an annual Macmillan primary care conference on 28th September.
The award was in recognition of the pivotal role she has played in helping to raise the profile and awareness of bowel screening and ovarian cancers in local communities across Cheshire and Merseyside, and in working with primary care to help improve pathways around the diagnosis of cancers with vague symptoms.
The award also recognised her role in supporting the Healthy Lung Programme, which has contributed to improved early detection rates for lung cancers and undiagnosed COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) in Liverpool since it launched in April 2016.
Dr David Millar was one of the first ever Macmillan GPs and a long-standing Macmillan Adviser who passed away after a period of illness. Macmillan introduced the annual award to honour his memory and pay tribute to other professionals who have continued his legacy in improving cancer care.
Dr Katy Gardner said, “I feel incredibly honoured to have received this award, and want to say a huge thank you to colleagues for nominating me, and to the CCG who have closely supported my work.”
Dr. Hong Tseung, Macmillan GP Adviser Merseyside & Cheshire added: “Katy Gardner is thoroughly deserving of the David Millar award because of the work she has done over the last five years, the impact of which we will continue to feel for many more to come.
"Underpinning all her work is a strong sense of justice, a desire to reduce health and cancer inequlities, and a tireless enthusiasm for improving care and outcomes for people affected by cancer. She has helped us to do things better and to push the boundaries of what is possible.”