Resources for GPs

Macmillan has produced a number of documents to assist GPs in influencing their local health economy and help shape the future of primary care.

UKONS Acute Oncology Guidelines for Primary Care

Patients who have received Systemic Anti-Cancer Treatment (SACT) or radiotherapy, or those at risk of disease related immune-suppression often present to primary care with problems linked to their treatment or disease. The level of risk associated with these problems is significantly increased in this patient group.

The UK Oncology Nursing Society (UKONS) have collaborated with Macmillan GPs to develop their Acute Oncology Guidelines for Primary Care, an easily used risk assessment tool.

  • Based on the WHO and CTC toxicity/symptom-grading systems it indicates risk by green, amber or red classification.
  • Patients who score red or amber for any presenting symptom should be referred immediately to the local 24 Hour Acute Oncology Advice Line for a full triage assessment. (Please note: within Scotland patients can be referred to the NHS Board endpoints used by the Cancer Treatment Helpline.)
  • The tool has been adapted from the UKONS 24 Hour Triage Tool which is widely used by oncology advice lines across the UK.

NOTE: The advice line numbers will differ across the country. Contact your oncology or acute oncology service to identify the number specific to your locality before adding to the tool as a reminder prior to local circulation.


Improving the quality of cancer care in primary care

For several years Macmillan Cancer Support has been instrumental in supporting the primary care community to develop initiatives and programmes which have a positive impact on the care of people affected by cancer – patients and their families and carers. This toolkit [PDF] has been produced to maintain that support.


Learning and development

GP update

The GP Cancer Update course, which is delivered by GP Update/Red Whale Ltd, in collaboration with Macmillan, has run successfully for five years.  The course aims to help support GPs in their understanding of cancer, and to provide them with easy access to the latest evidence, guidelines and best practice based on current knowledge.  For more information visit the GP Update website.

Collaborative work with Dying Matters

Macmillan has developed a long-standing collaboration with the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) to develop and deliver the Dying Matters course for GPs. This course is a confidence-building training programme designed to increase the confidence of GPs to have end of life conversations with their patients, as well as a ‘train the facilitator’ programme (delivered via fast-track facilitator workshops) to ensure GPs can deliver the training in their own communities.

Modules for GPs and practice nurses

Macmillan GP Adviser Charles Campion-Smith has been working with the team at BMJ Learning to produce a module aimed at GPs and practice nurses.

The module focuses on the benefits of a high quality cancer care review, but incorporates other aspects such as the management of late effects of cancer and cancer treatments. The module:

  • is free to all and fully accessible on the BMJ Learning home page
  • includes clinical scenarios, video clips, self assessment and a post module test
  • includes certificates for appraisal and revalidation can be printed once the module is completed
  • links to further information and tools such as the distress thermometer and resources for patients are also included.

Find out more about the module.

Other modules which Macmillan Cancer Support has been involved in developing are:


Learning modules for GPs and practice nurses

Macmillan GP Adviser Charles Campion-Smith has been working with the team at BMJ Learning to produce a module aimed at GPs and practice nurses.

The module focuses on the benefits of a high quality cancer care review, but incorporates other aspects such as the management of late effects of cancer and cancer treatments. The module:

  • is free to all and fully accessible on the BMJ Learning home page
  • includes clinical scenarios, video clips, self assessment and a post module test
  • includes certificates for appraisal and revalidation can be printed once the module is completed
  • links to further information and tools such as the distress thermometer and resources for patients are also included.

Find out more about the module.

Other modules which Macmillan Cancer Support has been involved in developing are:


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