Latest news for health and social care professionals

Latest news and updates for health and social care professionals including GP's, oncologists, Macmillan Nurse Specialists and occupational health workers. Also, read the latest Macmillan policy updates.

Latest news

Thinking Differently: Macmillan’s vision for the future cancer workforce in England

Thinking Differently: Macmillan’s vision for the future cancer workforce in England [PDF] emphasises the urgent need to address the challenges facing the cancer workforce and outlines five ways in which we believe that the cancer workforce can be strengthened.

The report, which follows a workshop held at the 2016 Macmillan professionals conference, also reinstates the case for a strategic review of the cancer workforce, as recommended in the Cancer Strategy for England, and calls for greater strategic leadership on workforce from national bodies.

No Small Change – time to act on the financial impact of cancer

We recently published the No Small Change report [PDF], where we estimate that more than 30,000 people with cancer in their 40s and 50s have borrowed money from their elderly parents. More than 2,000 have moved in with their parents or parents-in-law after having to sell their house.

An estimated 700,000 people with cancer from all age groups are vulnerable because they have no savings to fall back on when the costs of cancer mount up.

With more families struggling with debt in general and the numbers of people diagnosed with cancer continuing to grow, there must be urgent action.

The Government must ensure people affected by cancer can access the benefits they need. Health and social care professionals need training and tools to raise awareness and signpost people to financial information and support. The banking and insurance sector must also provide support.

Catch up on past conferences

If you were unable to attend the professionals conference in November, or want to remind yourself of what happened, we have a great online resource where you can find videos of all the keynote talks and workshops, PDFs of posters, and photos.

We understand that not everyone can attend conferences, so the resource includes materials from each year since 2014, and is well worth a visit.

Simply register, or sign in with your email address and password.

Last reminder for Excellence Awards nominations

Nominations for the Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards close midnight on 31 March.

If you know a Macmillan professional or team who have made a significant difference to the lives of people affected by cancer, then this is the perfect opportunity to reward their hard work and dedication.

Awards will be given in each of the following categories:

  • Service Improvement Excellence
  • Innovation Excellence
  • Integration Excellence

Nominate someone now.

Macmillan Volunteer Conference: Registration now open

Spread the word to the volunteers you work with about the Macmillan Volunteer Conference and Awards 2017. The conference is one of the ways we support volunteers and thank them for everything they do for Macmillan. It’s also a great opportunity for them to meet other volunteers, learn from each other and share stories. We want as many volunteers as possible to know about the conference, so please spread the word.

Registrations are now open for the event, which is being held on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 May in Hinckley Island, Leicestershire.

Learning and development

Upcoming courses

Below is a selection of main courses:

28 March, Cardiff

11 April, York

3 May, Newport

16 May, London

3 May, Edinburgh

21 April, Peterborough

10 May, Dunsilly, Antrim

11 May, York

11-12 May, London

Places are allocated on a first come first served basis. To avoid disappointment, please book well in advance. Visit

Recovery Package toolkit

The Five Year forward view for England [PDF] recommends the provision of the Recovery Package to support people after they’ve been diagnosed with cancer.

In response, we’ve developed a toolkit for healthcare professionals who want to gain a deeper understanding of the Recovery Package.

It contains detailed learning modules about each intervention including videos, access to all our resources to support you with implementation, and presentations that you can use to discuss each intervention with your colleagues.

Get involved

Join the Macmillan professional review panel

We regularly look for opinions from professionals on a range of topics – from the direction of our advertising campaigns to developing tools and resources to support your work. You’re the experts, so we want to know what you think to help us shape our work.

If you’re interested in giving input as part of our review panel, please get in touch. Participation is optional and you’re able to accept or decline opportunities as you wish. Most reviews are done online and feedback collected through questionnaires.

Cancer Awareness in March

March is Ovarian and Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, so if you haven’t already stocked up on information leaflets to support your patients, please order copies today.

The range includes resources about signs and symptoms, different treatments, and living well with cancer.

Cancer Awareness in April

Join us in raising awareness of Bowel cancer in April. Visit be.macmillan to order information for the people you support on recognising symptoms and understanding bowel cancer, as well as posters to promote your service at this time.

If you work with patients with bowel cancer, you may be interested in the work done by Claire Taylor – a Macmillan Nurse Consultant in Colorectal Cancer in London who was awarded a 2016 Macmillan Professionals Excellence Award (Service Improvement) and Macmillan Fellowship.

Areas of interest

Macmillan Policy Update – keeping you informed of our policy work

Download your copy of the latest Policy Update.

Job opportunities at Macmillan

Do you feel like it’s time for a new challenge, or just a change? One of these openings at Macmillan’s offices around the country might appeal to you.