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2016 Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards winners

Our awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution Macmillan professionals make to cancer services. The awards ceremony was held at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham on Thursday 17 November where the winners were announced. It was attended by over 400 professionals and was hosted by TV presenter and broadcaster Gethin Jones.

To find out more about the finalists and winners please visit

You can see photos from the evening online.

If you would like to recognise a colleague or teams' achievements don’t forget nominations for the 2017 awards open on 2 February and close on 31 March. Look out for further information in February.

2016 Macmillan Professionals Conference: materials now online

The 2016 Macmillan Professionals Conference and Excellence Awards took place on 16–18 November in Birmingham. It was the biggest conference yet and brought together professionals from across the country.

One delegate said: ‘[This was a] fantastic opportunity and I enjoyed every moment. I feel proud to be part of Macmillan.'

If you weren’t able to make it, you can now find videos of the keynote speeches and workshops, plus PDFs of the poster presentations and photos from the event online. If you’re already registered, simply enter your email address and password. Otherwise, please register as a new user.

Shop: exclusive free delivery for Macmillan Professionals

The Macmillan shop team has just returned from the Macmillan Professionals Conference, where they sold £1,010 worth of products – a record-breaking amount. Thanks to all of you who made a purchase.

In case you missed us, there’s still time to order from our online shop. And as a small thank you for everything you’ve done this year, we’re offering you free P&P (normally £3.95) – just enter Promo7 at the checkout.

The financial impact of cancer: questions around pensions

Macmillan’s specialist financial guides can help people evaluate their options and make the most of their retirement savings, whether they have a state, personal or company pension.

We can help people access money from their pension schemes or understand how their contributions may be affected by their cancer diagnosis. Some may be able to take a cash lump sum from a defined benefit scheme, for example.

Our web pages can help make sense of pensions, and our range of free financial information booklets includes Financial guidance: pensions, Managing your debt, and Help with the cost of cancer.

The financial guides on Macmillan Support Line (0808 808 00 00) can help with questions around pensions and other areas of personal finance.

Please check in with the people you support to make sure that they know how Macmillan can help.

Nursing Times Awards

Macmillan were proud to sponsor the Cancer Nursing Award at the Nursing Times Awards in November. This recognises nurses that have contributed a significant improvement in the quality of cancer care. The winners were Velindre NHS Trust for producing a series of books entitled Caring for my Family with Cancer reflecting modern-day families. Read more on our website.

Macmillan Consultant named North West Radiographer of the year

Tracey Ellis, Macmillan Consultant Radiographer, has been named the North West Radiographer of the Year at the Society of Radiographers awards, which recognise the hard work and commitment of Radiographers across the UK.

Tracey was nominated for the award by her colleague, who put her name forward after hearing positive, standout patient feedback about Tracey’s exemplary care and more holistic approach. On hearing the news, Tracey said, ‘It is such a privilege to be recognised for your hard work but also to be in a position to raise the profile of a “Consultant Radiographer”, as well as the profession in general.’

Congratulations Tracey.

Digital DS1500 service: be prepared

The DWP are in the process of launching an online DS1500 for healthcare professionals. To be able to use the service, you must have an NHS Smartcard and internet access via Internet Explorer.

The smartcard must have staff group G8000 and job role code R8001 (a generic nursing role to cover all nurses working in primary, secondary, community care and mental health).

If you don’t already have a Smartcard, ask for one to be ordered so you have it available when the Digital DS1500 service is launched.

More information will be provided in future issues of Mac Mail about how to access the new service.

Learning and development

Upcoming courses

As the year ends, so do our 2016 courses. We’re currently updating next year’s opportunities– look out for details in February’s Mac Mail.  In the meantime, our e-learning courses are still available for you to complete, including:

You'll learn techniques and practices that you can use in daily life, including all the elements of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.

Macmillan Professionals who have completed the course so far have seen an average of 25% reduction in Stress, 37% reduction in Anxiety and 43% reduction in Depression from the beginning of the course to the end.

Get involved

It's nomination season

RCNi Awards

The annual RCNi Nurse Awards recognise and reward nurses who have come up with new ways to improve health outcomes, enhance patient experiences and transform nursing practice. The nomination deadline is 6 January 2017.

British Medical Journal Awards

Nominations for the British Medical Journal Awards are open until 20 January 2017.

AHA UK Awards

The Allied Healthcare Awards recognise projects and professionals that lead innovative healthcare practice and make a real difference to patients’ lives. The awards are open to allied health professionals, healthcare scientists and those who work alongside them in support roles. Nominations close on 13 January 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


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