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

Making money one less worry: household costs

An estimated 320,000 people with cancer are unable to keep up with housing payments, and almost 400,000 struggle to pay bills because of their diagnosis1.

Many people are not aware of the impact cancer can have on their finances and how their circumstances can change over time. Check in with the people you support to ensure they know what’s available to them – for example, specialist benefits advice or help with making informed decisions on financial products and services.

The expert teams on Macmillan Support Line (0808 808 00 00) include financial guides and energy advisors who can provide information and support with managing rent, mortgage repayments and council tax, as well as how to make adaptations at home or get specialist equipment. They can also help answer questions and guide people through their options around keeping energy bills down, taxes and banking.

Read more about the financial support specialists in Summer Mac Voice.

We’ve also produced a video which helps to explain ways to manage energy bills when you have cancer which the people you support may find helpful.

Tell your patients and colleagues about Macmillan’s financial support, including information about household costs.

0808 808 00 00 or

1. Macmillan Cancer Support/YouGov online survey (November 2014).

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so you may find more people coming to you with concerns about their risk of breast cancer.

There’s a wide range of breast cancer resources for the people you support on be.Macmillan:

Plus, posters to promote the awareness month in English and Welsh.

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New service: Macmillan Virtual Multi-disciplinary Team

Around 625,000 people experience consequences of cancer treatment. Some may benefit from expert care and advice from specialities not available locally.

That’s why we’re launching the Macmillan Virtual Multi-disciplinary Team platform in partnership with Christie NHS Foundation Trust.

This secure online forum provides quick and easy access to multi-specialist, expert advice for complex or severe chronic symptoms following cancer treatment. The aim is to improve outcomes and quality of life for people affected by cancer who are experiencing complex consequences of treatment.

All referrals to the platform will receive a response within two weeks. Professionals will continue to select which advice to follow and maintain responsibility for their patients throughout.

To find out more and view the referral criteria, visit

Updated web directory of cancer resources

Macmillan’s web directory of resources for people affected by cancer has been reorganised. It is now updated daily and features nearly 2,000 publications and multimedia resources.

You can search by words or phrases, including author, title, publisher, subject or MAC code. Click on the title to display the full record, including a link to download the document (where available) or to reviews by Cancer Voices (books only).

And to make ordering materials even easier, there will soon be a link from each MAC code to the relevant resource’s page on be.Macmillan.

BMA award-winning book sponsored by Macmillan

In collaboration with the Association of Cancer Physicians, Macmillan sponsored publication of a book in November 2015 focused on problem solving in older cancer patients. Now, the same book – which features a chapter written by Macmillan’s Chief Medical Officer Jane Maher – has been honoured with first prize in the oncology category in the BMA Medical Books of the Year Awards. Congratulations to the authors and all those involved.

You can view the full list of winning books on the BMA website.

Macmillan highly commended at BMA Patient Information Awards

We're excited to announce that some of our titles were Commended and Highly Commended at this year's BMA Patient Information Awards.

Highly Commended


In addition to this, Preparing a child for loss (MAC15372) was also runner up in the Special Awards for Ethical Issues.

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Being ambitious for palliative and end of life care

In her speech at the Health and Care Innovation Expo 2016, Professor Bee Wee, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for End of Life Care, called for a transformation in the way palliative and end of life care is delivered.

Afterwards, Professor Wee summarised her thoughts in a blog post – where she offers a reminder of the six ambitions for palliative and end of life care and highlights how we are all responsible for meeting them. Read the blog post online.

Help people to explore their options at work

'Changes put in place meant that I could return to work without compromising my health.' Julia, affected by cancer.

If those you treat are feeling unsure about if and how they will work during or after cancer, Macmillan can help. 

Visit where you can download a free questions guide which helps people you support get the information they need, so they can make the right decisions for them.

Learning and development

Get involved

Your chance to give feedback to win a £50 M&S voucher

Thank you to everyone who has already completed the online survey about Mac Mail and the other communications you receive from Macmillan.

Marks & Spencer, a Macmillan corporate partner, has generously donated a £50 voucher for one lucky participant. The winner will be drawn at random after the survey closes on 4 November – so if you haven’t taken it yet, there’s still time left. Take the survey.

Celebrate outstanding volunteers

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Macmillan Volunteer Awards.

Do you know an exceptional Macmillan volunteer or team of volunteers who have gone above and beyond to help people affected by cancer? If so, help us say a well-deserved thank you by nominating them for one of these prestigious awards.

You can also nominate volunteers who will reach a long service milestone in 2017 – for example, someone who’s volunteered for Macmillan for four years or more. A full list of the award categories and criteria is available online.

Please remember to submit your nominations at by 31 October.

Free flu jab for carers

There are almost 1.5 million cancer carers in the UK, and many of the people they care for would be unable to cope alone if their carer caught the flu.

Despite this, more than half of people supporting a loved one with cancer don’t see themselves as a carer and don’t realise they are entitled to a free flu jab.

By promoting the free flu vaccination programme, you can ensure the people you support and their carers stay well this winter. There are also resources available to help you raise awareness.

Thank you from the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning team

A huge thanks to all of you who supported last month’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, either by attending a local event or hosting one of your own. The donations raised through the event will go a long way to helping make sure that no one faces cancer alone.

And if you missed out this year, don’t worry. Find out how you can get involved in 2017.

Areas of interest

Macmillan Policy Update – keeping you informed of our policy work

Download your copy of the latest Policy Update.

Macmillan in the news

Visit our media centre to see recent press releases.

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.

Cancer Nursing Partnership bulletin

Macmillan is an active member of the Cancer Nursing Partnership (CNP), a group of 11 key nursing organisations and communities of practice who work collaboratively to implement improvements in cancer care. A monthly bulletin from CNP, providing information, advice and support to nurses is available online.

Dates for your diary


  • Breast cancer Awareness Month


  • Macmillan Professionals Conference and Excellence Awards
  • Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month

From booklets to posters, you can find information and resources for all cancer awareness months at be.Macmillan. Please remember to log in to access the entire portfolio of professional materials.