Monday 21st December 2015
Mac Voice, the magazine for Macmillan professionals: Winter 2015
This year we have been celebrating 40 years since the introduction of the first Macmillan professional posts, Macmillan CEO, Lynda Thomas, writes.
In 1975, the first team of Macmillan nurses helped around 250 people withcancer. It is astonishing that we now have almost 3,500 Macmillan nurses reaching over 550,000 patients, alongside a range of Macmillan professionals in other vital health, social care, information and advice roles.
An incredible breadth of roles
Over time, the introduction of other types of roles meant Macmillan professionals supported more people, right across the cancer pathway. This expansion began in the 1980s, when Macmillan started to offer bursaries, fellowships and training to doctors.
By 1995 there were 22 Macmillan GP Facilitators. Throughout the 90s and early 2000s, the number of Macmillan healthcare posts steadily increased, with the introduction of new roles including physiotherapists and dietitians. We also began to work with increasing numbers of information and social care professionals.
Today, there are almost 8,000 Macmillan professionals working in 90 different roles. This incredible breadth means that together, you allow patients and their families to receive support in the community as well as in clinical settings, no matter where they are in their cancer journey.
Building teams for the future
The story of cancer continues to change. People need different forms of care to support the fact that they are living longer with the disease, its after effects, and co-morbidities.
I know we will continue to work together to build the cancer care teams of the future.
Recognising your contributions
It was wonderful to be able to attend the fourth annual Macmillan Professionals Conference and Excellence Awards last month. These awards celebrate and recognise the outstanding contribution Macmillan professionals make to cancer services.
Thank you all for your hard work and here’s to the next 40 years!