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.
Do you know someone who used to be a Macmillan professional?
Current and former Macmillan professionals have told us that they’d like to continue a relationship with us after they’ve left their Macmillan post. So we’re launching an exclusive Alumni network for previous post holders, including retirees.
The Alumni will give people the opportunity to network and allows them to stay in touch with Macmillan no matter how long ago they were in a Macmillan post and what they are doing now.
To help us shape the Alumni programme, we’d like to invite previous Macmillan professionals, or those leaving before the end of the year, to come to the first Alumni event on 7 November at the Hilton London Euston hotel. More national events will take place across the UK next year.
If you know someone who might be interested in joining the Alumni, please ask them to email firstname.lastname@example.org and if they want to attend the event contact us by
20 October, as places are limited.
MyOrganiser mobile app available for
Macmillan's My Organiser app is a convenient way for people with cancer to save all their important treatment information in one place.
They can record appointments, contacts and medication information in this easy to use planner, that also offers useful tips and cancer information.
Please make the people you support aware that they can now access the app on their mobile device by downloading it for free from the Apple Store or Google Play.
Do you work with someone who recruits volunteers for Macmillan services?
Then let them know that at the Volunteering Village, they can easily advertise volunteering opportunities, and we can help find the right volunteers for their needs. The system is really quick and easy to use and is a great way to reach a range of volunteers.
To find out more and request a copy of the guidance, email us.
Spread the word and help make sure you and your colleagues find the right volunteers for your service.
New Cancer Nursing Partnership to implement improvements in cancer care
As announced in the September issue, Macmillan has partnered with key nursing organisations and communities of practice to launch the Cancer Nursing Partnership (CNP).
The partnership is currently working to support the delivery of the Recovery Package to people living with and beyond cancer across the UK.
You can find out more here.
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Apply for your L&D grant
This year we’ve received more applications for L&D grants than ever before. By the end of August we had approved funding for a total of 496 individual and 52 group applications.
Following your feedback we’ve updated the L&D Grants homepage on Learn Zone to include some top tips, designed to help you when making an application. Please visit the L&D Grants page and be sure to read the Grants Policy before completing your application.
Individual grants are worth up to £1,000 and group applications are worth up to £5,000, so please ensure you make use of this valuable resource.
New website page for professionals – tell us your view
In August, we launched a refreshed web page containing all our content for professionals organised by role. Our aim is to make relevant information and tools easier to find. The page also includes a section for Macmillan professionals, which has everything that’s only available to you, like L&D grants or merchandise.
Please help us to improve this page by completing our online survey and letting us know what you think.
New tools to create Macmillan-branded materials
On be.Macmillan, you’ll find a new Macmillan Powerpoint template, to make Macmillan style presentations. You’ll also find the ‘Instant Headline Generator’, a tool to create words and phrases in Macmillan’s distinctive Headline font and a logo finder to download Macmillan's logo in the language and format you require.
We hope you find these tools useful – please let us know if you have any feedback.
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.