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New Holistic Needs Assessment Guide

After a cancer diagnosis, patients can be left with lots of questions and concerns – whether it’s about clinical care or treatment options, or how other aspects of their lives might be affected. This is where a Holistic Needs Assessment (HNA) can help.

To support you in delivering an HNA, we’ve developed a new ‘How to’ guide. This compact publication covers all aspects of conducting an HNA, offering practical suggestions as well as advice on dealing with patients’ emotions.

Your free guide is now available in both digital and print formats.

Making money one less worry: financial planning

People with cancer tell us that the direct impact of cancer on their personal finances can change with time. Some, who might not have financial concerns at diagnosis, may find that they run into issues later – during or after treatment for example. Some people spend their savings to cover unexpected costs while they’re undergoing treatment, like increases in heating bills and travel costs, whilst others have said that they’ve had to give up buying Christmas or birthday gifts or eating out. Others may have even sold personal items as a last resort. We want everyone with cancer to know what support is available to them so that they know their options.

Please check in with the people you support to make sure that they’re aware that their needs may change, and that Macmillan can help. Our range of free financial information booklets includes Planning and managing your finances, Managing your debt, and help with the cost of cancer.

Our dedicated web pages can help with assessing finances, maximising income and covering costs, and our online budget planner may also be helpful.

The expert teams on the Macmillan Support Line (0808 808 00 00) include financial guides who can help with budgeting and financial planning, including taxes and banking.  

Lung and Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

This November the focus is on raising awareness of lung and pancreatic cancers – and there’s plenty you can do to help. Why not order information booklets for the people you support?

You can also create posters to promote your services and let people know you’re there if they need you.

Save the date: Carers Rights Day on 25 November

Organised by Carers UK, this year’s Carers Rights Day will take place on Friday 25 November and will focus on the theme ‘Missing out? Know your rights as a carer’.

There are almost 1.5 million carers supporting a loved one through cancer in the UK. More than 4 in 10 cancer carers say their responsibilities impact their working life, while almost 1 in 6 report an impact on their finances. However, less than half of cancer carers are accessing the support they need.

Evidence shows that 86% of cancer carers encounter healthcare professionals, which makes your role vital. Macmillan needs your help to raise awareness of carers’ rights and signpost people to its resources and support, including information on rights at work and finances.

Order your free resources today.

npower partnership: no one with cancer is left in the cold

People living with cancer spend an average of £177 more a year on their heating (Source: Macmillan/YouGov, 2015–16).

That’s why we’re working with npower to help make sure no one facing cancer is left in the cold. npower supports Macmillan’s Energy Advice Team, who offer guidance and help to source funding for people with cancer who are struggling to keep warm, whichever energy supplier they use.

If any of the people you support might benefit from some help with their energy bills, direct them to our website or tell them to call us free on 0808 808 00 00 Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm.

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University of Southampton: Cancer Patient Experience focus group

Macmillan is collaborating with the University of Southampton on a project to automate the analysis of free text comments in the Cancer Patient Experience Survey. You can help by taking part in focus groups to support the design of dashboard output.

There are still some spaces left for NHS staff in the following focus groups:

  • 14 November 2016, 11am–4pm. Location: Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, The Boardroom, Fulham Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 6JJ.

If you have any queries, please contact

Areas of interest

Macmillan Policy Update – keeping you informed of our policy work

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Macmillan in the news

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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.