Latest news for health and social care professionals
Stay up to date with the latest news and updates for health and social care professionals from Macmillan. Check back each month for new stories.
New website pages - specifically for professionals
Based on your feedback, we’ve restructured and refreshed the Macmillan web pages specifically for health and social care professionals. These pages now include all the relevant information and tools to support you in your role – and are organised by role to make things easier to find. We’ve also included an exclusive section for Macmillan professionals, which has everything that’s only available to you, like L&D Grants or merchandise.
To explore the pages and send us your feedback, click here.
Media update: poor cancer survival rates
You may have seen stories in the media last week about poor cancer survival rates in certain parts of the country. We’re asking all political parties to make cancer a top health priority ahead of the general election and commit to reducing the number of people who are diagnosed late and dying needlessly as a result. To read the full press release, click here.
Information pod in Birmingham Library
The Macmillan Mobile Information Service Team recently spent a week at Birmingham Library with their information pod.
Local Macmillan professionals offered up time to support the team, including Macmillan GP Kate Crocker.
She said, “The information pod in the library declares, to those who engage with us and passers-by, that Macmillan is there for them when needed, now or in the future.”
Please get in touch with us if you are interested in joining the team on any future visits in your area.
Late Effects of Radiotherapy Service Opening Event
A new clinic to manage the late effects of radiotherapy is opening at Nottingham University Hospitals and to mark this occasion they are hosting an event on 24 September. This is an opportunity for GPs and practice nurses to visit the Radiotherapy Centre and find out more about this treatment and the possible long term consequences.
For more information or to register to attend please contact Emma Hallam on email@example.com
Learning and Development
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New e-learning course and resources on carers’ assessments
Skills for Care, together with Macmillan, have published new free resources and an e-learning course for those carrying out statutory adult carers’ assessments or working with carers.
The e-learning course includes advice and best practice guidance for helping carers achieve the best outcomes from carers’ assessments. To register, click here.
The new resources include: Carers and communities: A guide for those who work with carers and Assessing carer's needs: A short guide to taking account of everyone in the family who cares.
Find out more about Skills for Care on their website.
New product ideas?
We want to involve you in helping to refine and develop products to support you and your colleagues in your daily work. Whether it’s stationery, promotional items, id badges or something completely new, we’d love you to be involved in the professional review panel.
We’ll only ask for about an hour of your time every quarter – and you’re free to accept or decline opportunities at your convenience.
First reviews have proved to be successful when we asked you to test double-sided pass holders. As feedback across the review panel was very positive, the new pass holders will become available for all Macmillan professionals this autumn.
To submit ideas for new product development, or to join the professionals review panel, email us.
Join us for the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 26 September
World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is a fantastic opportunity for you and your colleagues to get together with friends and the people you support to chat about your service over coffee and cake. And of course, you’ll also be helping fundraise for people affected by cancer in your community and all over the UK. Last year 125 Macmillan professionals joined in and raised more than £13,000.
In total, we raised more than £20 million in 2013 thanks to the support of over 150,000 people. This year we want to raise even more money to help make a difference to the lives of people affected by cancer.
Sign up to hold a Coffee Morning and you’ll receive your free Coffee Morning kit full of helpful information and promotional material. If you can’t organise your own event, you can support others. Click here to find events to attend in your area.
Your view about our 2015 ‘Not Alone’ advertising
Do you have a view about Macmillan advertising? As such key members of the Macmillan team, supporting people every day at the frontline of cancer care, we’re keen to hear your opinions and work with you to make our advertising more effective.
If you can help, we’ll send you the draft adverts via email and will ask for your feedback over the phone. Phone calls will take place in the first two weeks of September and will be no longer than 30 minutes. Your comments will then feed in to the development process and will be considered alongside all other feedback we have received.
If you’re interested in letting us know your thoughts, please email us.
New Macmillan flyer and business card templates available
We have a new suite of flyers available on be.Macmillan to help you promote your service. You can now upload your trust logo at the top of the flyer and there is more text space.
If you see a poster that you’d like updated to these new templates for your service, please let us know.
There are also new business card templates available for your teams. You can now include up to eight names on one card, with two sizes for trust logos. Log into be.Macmillan and view our business cards here.
Other opportunities you might find interesting
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Fund for Innovation 2015 programme – now open for applications
The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) is looking for local projects that aim to improve the care of patients and to enhance the leadership skills of nurses. Grants of up to £5,000 are available, in addition to a full year of professional development and support. Projects can be led by community nurses, midwives or health visitors. Professionals who have an idea they would like to develop to improve care for their patients can apply at QNI until 8 October 2014. For the application form and further information, click here.
Apply for a post on the RCN Cancer and Breast Care Forum Steering Committee
The RCN Cancer and Breast Care Forum has five vacancies on the steering committee this year. Professionals in this post will have a range of learning and development opportunities and work on projects increasing their sphere of influence. Applications for these voluntary posts are welcome from members across the UK. The deadline for applications is 29 August 2014. To find out more and to apply, click here.
Your policy update
Download your copy of the latest Policy Update.
Please share this page with your Macmillan and non-Macmillan colleagues to help us ensure as many professionals as possible are kept up to date about Macmillan’s work and helpful tools to help them in their work with people affected by cancer.