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

2017 Excellence Awards: nominations top tips guidance

Do you know a Macmillan professional or team who’s gone above and beyond to help people affected by cancer? Would you like to be nominated yourself?

Make sure you and your colleagues get the recognition you deserve by nominating or encouraging your manager to nominate for a Macmillan Professionals Excellence Award.

Up to four awards will be given in each category:

For 2017, we’ve produced a Top Tips PDF on things to bear in mind when writing your nomination.

Nominations will open on the 2 February and the deadline for submissions is midnight on 31 March – look out for more details in February’s Mac Mail.

Award Winners:

Queen’s New Years Honours

Fiona Haston, Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist for Head and Neck cancer in Edinburgh, has been awarded an MBE for services to healthcare and charity in the Queen’s New Years Honours list.

Congratulations to Fiona on receiving this prestigious award.

Patients as Partners’ awards England

In December 2016, the global biopharmaceutical company ABBVie announced Birmingham’s Macmillan Occupational Therapy Team as the recipients of the Sustainable Healthcare ‘Patients as Partners’ awards England, in the ‘Making health and social care patient friendly’ category.

An outstanding achievement for the team, congratulations.

Money and Cancer: The importance of signposting

In November we held a series of workshops with delegates at the Macmillan Professionals Conference. We wanted to validate findings of recent research about the financial impact of cancer, and get feedback on how best to communicate to healthcare professionals.

Overwhelmingly, participants stressed how important it is to be aware of the financial impact of cancer – and how this can affect people from all walks of life. Whilst healthcare professionals aren’t expected to have all the answers or be financial experts themselves, the most important thing to know is where to signpost people to.

We’ll be working with a group of healthcare professionals to develop resources to help raise awareness of this issue amongst professionals and to provide clear, concise information about where to signpost to. If you’d like to help with this, please contact us.

If anyone you support is experiencing financial difficulty, please ask them to call our specialist team on 0808 808 00 00, or visit macmillan.org.uk/moneyworries to find out more.

New partnership with Lloyds bank

We’re currently working with Lloyds Bank to pilot a new service supporting their customers with cancer who are struggling financially. The service includes:

  • A specialist Lloyds Bank Cancer Support helpline team trained in association with Macmillan (0800 015 0016)
  • Customer referrals to Macmillan’s Financial Guidance Service (0808 808 00 00)
  • Revised policies and processes, creating greater flexibility within banking products, such as waiving overdraft charges
  • Training, developed in association with Macmillan, for all frontline bank staff
  • Cancer support leaflets in branch to encourage customers to seek support.

Survey results winner

Thanks to all of you who recently completed the readership survey for Macmillan professionals. Congratulations to Rosemary Mack who won the prize draw of a £50 Marks & Spencer voucher.

We were delighted to see that 73% of respondents who receive Mac Mail read every issue, and over 90% find it valuable. 60% deem the ‘Learning and Development’ section as the most useful, followed by the ‘News’ section (20%). We’ll continue providing information on what matters to you and what you’d like to see, so please do get in touch if you have any further comments.


Learning and development

New learning & development brochure

You can now book 2017 courses through Learn Zone.

As well as our face-to-face courses, we offer a variety of e-learning training which you can complete in your own time and in any location.

Look out for more information about the UK-wide learning and development offer in February’s Mac Mail, as well as a printed copy of this year’s brochure in the post.


Get involved

VBA accredited online training

Now accredited by both the RCGP and RCN, Understanding Physical Activity and Cancer is an online training course for any health or social care professional, enabling you to enhance your CPD.  Building on recommendations by NICE about using the ‘ask, advise, act’ framework to make every contact count to motivate people to make a lifestyle change, the learning outcomes are to:

  • Understand the importance of physical activity for people living with cancer.
  • Find out what resources are available to support people to become more active.
  • Learn how to deliver effective advice on physical activity in less than two minutes.

Find out more about the e-learning course on Learn Zone, as well as live monthly webex sessions.


New and updated resources

Your support and follow up care

Nurses have let us know they may struggle to explain stratified pathways to the people they support. In response to this, we’ve put together a leaflet called Your support and follow-up care (MAC 16184).

Please share this leaflet with anyone affected by cancer, as it will encourage them to take an active role in their care and know what to expect at different stages. It differs from existing resources in that it can be given soon after diagnosis.

Carers Rich Picture report

Macmillan’s Cancer Carers: Understanding the numbers, needs and experiences of cancer carers in the UK (MAC16275_10_16) report provides evidence and insight on the typical needs and experiences of cancer carers. The range of sources include the recently YouGov research commissioned by Macmillan Cancer Support.


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.