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

Encourage your patients to take part in National Walking Month

It’s National Walking Month and health walks are available across the UK. As you may know, walking is one of the safest and easiest ways for a person to become more active both during and after most types of cancer treatment. As well as the physical benefits of walking, many people enjoy the social aspect and general well-being it brings. Deb, diagnosed with breast cancer, found that, ‘after a walk, I have more energy and feel more positive’. Watch Deb’s video.

Encourage the people you support to take part in National Walking Month and find what’s available near them at macmillan.org.uk/healthwalks


Cancer Matters: General Election 2017

With cancer affecting one in every two people, every family in the UK is likely to face the disease at some point. Cancer Matters is Macmillan’s 2017 General Election campaign. We’re calling on the next UK Government to make sure that care and treatment for people with cancer is a health priority. It takes two minutes to email your candidates via our website and tell them that cancer matters to you.


A blooming good way to help your patients get active

Encouraging people to become more active can be difficult, especially with limited time and a number of priorities to discuss. Our online training moduleUnderstanding physical activity and cancer’ is designed to help you raise gardening as a way to get more active following a cancer diagnosis.

We’ve also developed the Move More pack for people with cancer, featuring other ways to be more active, and outlining the health benefits. You may find it useful to share this with the people you support.


Digital DS1500 form launched

In May, the DWP are launching a digital DS1500 in addition to the existing paper form in England. The DS1500 form supports terminally ill patients to access a fast track route for a number of key benefits. The Digital DS1500 Service will enable healthcare professionals to complete and submit DS1500s online for the first time.

You’ll need an NHS smartcard to access the service on https://portal.national.ncrs.nhs.uk, select ‘Launch Digital DS1500 Service’ and complete the form online. Once submitted, the form reaches the DWP securely and immediately which can help reduce waiting times. Prior to submission the form can be saved or printed as needed. Paper DS1500 forms will continue to be available alongside the digital form.

Although the service will only be available in England for the moment, the DWP are looking at rolling it out to Scotland and Wales in the long term.


Advancing Healthcare Awards

Macmillan was proud to sponsor the Leadership and Innovation in Cancer Rehabilitation award at the 2017 AHA UK Awards, which took place in April.

Laura Caley, research dietitian, and Jervoise Andreyev, consultant gastroenterologist in pelvic radiation disease at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, won for their work showing how AHPs and non-specialist nurses can investigate troublesome gastrointestinal symptoms arising from chemotherapy in newly diagnosed GI cancer patients.

Four Macmillan professionals were shortlisted for the award: Tharma Ayton, Macmillan clinical lead physiotherapist, and Alison Robinson, Macmillan clinical specialist physiotherapist, both at Belfast Health and Social Care Trust; and Michelle Clark, Macmillan occupational therapist, and Stephanie Pye, Macmillan physiotherapist, both at Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.


International Journal of Palliative Nursing Awards

Mr Robert Becker, a former Macmillan Senior Lecturer in Palliative Care and Macmillan Alumni member, has been recognised for his contribution to palliative care and its education with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Journal of Palliative Nursing.

Congratulations Robert.


Learning and development

Upcoming courses

27 June, London

7 June, Antrim, Northern Ireland

21-22 June, The Oriel Country Hotel, St Asaph

29 June, Antrim, Northern Ireland

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


New policies for expenses and L&D grants

We’ve recently made changes to the Macmillan Professionals’ Expenses policy and the L&D Grants policy. Please make sure you have read both policies before you submit a new grant application or expenses claim.

Read the new expenses policy.

Read the new L&D Grants policy.


Foundations in Palliative Care

We are pleased to launch the new Foundations in Palliative Care programme, following extensive updating. The programme has been designed to support the development of staff working in the care home sector in particular, but is also relevant for other audiences.


Get involved

Volunteers' Week: 1–7 June

Volunteers’ Week (1–7 June) is a chance for you to join us in saying a big thank you to volunteers. From cheering on Team Macmillan runners, to providing practical and emotional support to people living with cancer, to using a cancer experience to review and improve the quality of cancer information, Macmillan volunteers really do make a huge difference.

Carers Week: 12–18 June

This Carers Week (12–18 June) you can help identify and signpost cancer carers to the support they need. Our guidance to help you do this can be ordered on be.Macmillan. We also have a new e-learning module for healthcare professionals. Both resources contain tips on identifying carers, overcoming barriers and where to signpost carers for support.


New and updated resources

Order our new booklet on understanding cancer and pregnancy

A diagnosis of cancer during pregnancy is uncommon but as more women have children later in life, the incidence is increasing. We’ve written an information booklet in partnership with the charity Mummy’s Star, for women diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy.

It explains some of the emotional and practical issues experienced by women in this situation, as well as the treatment options and support available.

Order or download free copies from be.macmillan.org.uk/pregnancy and let your colleagues know that this resource is now available.


Areas of interest

Macmillan Policy Update – keeping you informed of our policy work

Download your copy of the latest Policy Update [PDF].


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.