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.
Registration now open for Macmillan Professionals Conference
You can now register for this year’s Macmillan Professionals Conference, taking place on 11–12 November at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.
Highlights this year will include workshops to help support mutual learning in service development and delivery, an exhibition showing the many ways Macmillan can support you in your role, plus a keynote by our new CEO Lynda Thomas. We’ll also celebrate your amazing achievements in 2015 at the fourth annual Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards on the evening of Thursday 12 November.
This year you have the option of attending one day of the conference or the full two days. A two-day ticket includes the Excellence Awards ceremony.
Wednesday 11 November 9:30-22:00 (including dinner and guest speaker)
Thursday 12 November 9:00-20:30 onwards (including dinner and awards ceremony)
The full programme can be found on the registration page. Spaces are limited, so book your place today.
New toolkit: Creating health information that works
We all want to make sure that the information we provide to people affected by cancer is high quality and accessible. This toolkit from the Patient Information Forum, Creating health information that works, offers guidance on how to produce information that is accurate, clearly communicated, developed with users and has a positive impact.
It features links to practical resources to help you implement best practice guidance, the evidence behind the guidance, as well as case studies demonstrating how various organisations have approached their own health information projects. Specific topics include how to communicate benefits, risks and uncertainties in a non-judgemental and unbiased way. Find out more.
Hello, my name is…
You may have already heard of Kate Grainger, a doctor living with terminal cancer. She’s launched a campaign called ‘Hello, my name is…’ to remind all healthcare professionals to introduce themselves to their patients.
Kate explains how she came up with the idea: ‘During a hospital stay last summer I made the stark observation that many staff looking after me did not introduce themselves.
‘This felt very wrong so, encouraged and supported by my husband, we decided to start a campaign to encourage and remind healthcare staff about the importance of introductions in the delivery of care. I firmly believe it is not just about knowing someone's name, but it runs much deeper. In my mind it is the first rung on the ladder to providing compassionate care.’
Find out how you can get behind Kate’s campaign.
Oncogeriatrics Special Interest Group Meeting
The British Geriatrics Society is holding its inaugural Oncogeriatrics Special Interest Group Meeting at the Wellcome Collection on 18 September 2015. This event is open to all clinicians and healthcare professionals working in the field of oncology and treating older people.
The day will provide a forum for scientific discussion and clinical updates and will enable a multidisciplinary audience of professionals to will be able to share their experiences of best clinical practice in provision of care to older people with cancer. There will also be keynote talks by Sean Duffy, National Clinical Director for Cancer for NHS England and Professor David Oliver, President, British Geriatrics Society.
With sessions on subjects such as ‘epidemiology of cancer in older people’, ‘challenges of delivering cancer services fit for an ageing population’, and ‘surgery and chemotherapy in older adults’ this event will help to promote understanding on the key areas and challenges faced in cancer treatment for older people.
Find out how to register for the event.
Learning and development
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A selection of upcoming courses
We have a lot of great courses running this autumn, book now to make sure you don’t miss out.
Here’s a selection of the various learning and development opportunities across the UK:
Remember, you can view and sign up for all courses on the Learn Zone website.
Professionals Conference poster presentations
As in previous years, we’re inviting delegates at this year’s Macmillan Professionals Conference (11–12 November in Birmingham) to submit poster presentations for display throughout the conference. It’s an opportunity for you to share your work and to discuss service improvement and development with your colleagues from across the UK.
Space is limited, so if you’d like to submit a poster for consideration please tick the relevant box when you register for the conference. We’ll then contact you with poster specifications, guidelines and key deadlines. Poster submission deadline is 28 September.
Are you ready for World’s Biggest Coffee Morning?
It’s just a few weeks until World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 25 September – the biggest event on our fundraising calendar. It’s our 25th year of Coffee Morning and we want to make it the most successful ever. But to do that, we need your support.
Coffee Morning is a great opportunity for you to get out and raise awareness of your services for people affected by cancer. By taking a few minutes out of your day, you can connect with people in your community and let them know more about your work and the range of support available from Macmillan, including the resources on be.Macmillan and the online community.
And if you can’t find a Coffee Morning near you, why not get together with some colleagues and host your own? As well as boosting team spirit and promoting your service, you’ll be helping us raise as much money as possible. Visit the Coffee Morning website for more information.
Gifts for children with brain, CNS or intracranial tumours
If you treat a child with a brain, CNS or intracranial tumour, you could bring a smile to their face by supporting their family to apply for Tom’s Gift.
Run in partnership with The Tom Grahame Trust, this wonderful initiative offers a £30 Debenhams gift card to children needing treatment for a brain, CNS or intracranial tumour.
As September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, there’s no better time for you to tell the families you support about it. Find out more about Tom’s Gift and download the application form.
Job opportunities at Macmillan
Do you feel like it’s time for a new challenge, or just a change? Then perhaps one of these opportunities at Macmillan’s offices around the UK will appeal to you.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Lung & Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
Macmillan Professionals Conference and excellence awards (11–12 November)
From booklets to posters, you can find information and materials for all cancer awareness months at be.Macmillan. To access the entire portfolio of professional materials, please remember to login.
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.