Macmillan and Inclusion
Macmillan is reducing inequalities in cancer care.
Inclusion is all about supporting people affected by cancer, to help them access good quality cancer care appropriate to their needs, regardless of who they are, where they live, or the type of cancer they have.
Macmillan's Inclusion Department helps to identify how cancer care and support can be made more relevant to the needs of a greater diversity of people. We are helping to shape a a Health and Social care system where everyone living with and beyond cancer has equal access to the best quality cancer care services.
How does the inclusion programme work?
The programme aims to develop a better understanding of the impact unfair, cruel and discriminatory behaviour and experiences can have on people affected by cancer. Rather than developing lots of policies and strategies, we take a different approach. Inclusion works with people to develop innovative projects which promote dignity and respect and encourage staff at all levels to treat patients and carers as individuals rather than as case files, numbers or statistics.
What is the inclusion vision?
Our vision is to give a powerful voice to all people affected by cancer, in order to change how the Government, the NHS and our own staff and professionals:
care for and treat people affected by cancer who feel excluded because of their age, gender, sexual orientation , ethnicity etc
measure and define inequalities, with a focus on bad treatment, lack of dignity and respect, and exclusion
promote choice, particularly for those people affected by cancer who have little understanding of the NHS and the choices available to them.
What is Macmillan planning to do?
Macmillan will position itself as the leading cancer charity in tackling the harmful impact of discrimination and exclusion on people affected by cancer. We will do this by:
How much a person earns, where they live, their age, faith, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and whether they have a disability should not be the deciding factor on the type of services they can access and the quality of their experience.
To learn more read the inclusion strategy [PDF, 310kb]
Find out about the inclusion programme
Read our new report - The People Behind Cancer Care - Patient and staff stories and visit our Patient's stories section.