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Save the date: Macmillan Professionals Conference and Excellence Awards 2016
This year’s Macmillan Professionals Conference will take place in Birmingham on 16–17 November. Highlights include:
- Opportunities to give your views and feedback on a range of topics, including progress of the cancer workforce vision.
- Networking sessions throughout, with additional optional workshops on the morning of Friday 18 November.
- The Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards on Thursday 17 November.
If you’re unable to take more than one study day to attend, you’ll have the option of contacting us when registration opens to find out more about a day delegate place.
Please save the date and look out for further information, including registration details, in July’s issue of Mac Mail.
Help make money one less worry
From 1 June you may hear our new financial support advert on the radio. We’re using stations like Gold, Smooth FM and Talk Sport to let people know that a cancer diagnosis can have a significant financial impact, and that Macmillan provides a range of financial information and support to help people before money worries spiral out of control.
Please let the people you support know that they can access guidance from Macmillan’s financial experts on mortgages, household costs, pensions, financial planning and benefits – things they may not realise they’re entitled to. They can call the Macmillan Support Line confidentially on 0808 808 00 00 or visit macmillan.org.uk/moneyworries
The website also features practical tools, like a budget planner and benefits checker, and stories from three people with cancer who benefited from financial information and support.
June’s copy of Mac Voice will feature interviews with some of the professionals in the financial support team, so please keep a look out.
RCNi Awards success
Macmillan was proud to sponsor the Cancer Nursing Award category at the 2016 RCNi Awards, which took place in May.
Macmillan professional Venetia Wynter-Blyth, Lead Upper Gastro-intestinal Clinical Nurse Specialist was named as RCN Nurse of the Year. Her team at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust won the Innovations in Your Specialty Award for their PREPARE for surgery programme, a holistic approach to getting patients both physically and psychologically fit for surgery.
Carole Connor, Macmillan Nurse Consultant in the Aylesford Unit Nursing Team won the Cancer Nursing Award category award for their achievement in developing a nurse-led comprehensive acute oncology service.
You can find out more about each winners’ work on Macmillan's website. Congratulations to all for their outstanding achievements.
Macmillan was proud to sponsor the Cancer Care Team Award category at the 2016 BMJ Awards, which also took place in May. The winner was Dr Sam Hare and his team at Barnet Hospital at the Royal Free Foundation Trust for developing a novel lung biopsy service to speed up diagnosis and treatment for lung cancer patients. Find out more.
New materials for Men’s Health Week
Men’s Health Week takes place 13–19 June, and Macmillan has a range of resources to encourage and empower men to seek out support if they’re concerned about cancer.
This includes a new fold-out leaflet called Man up, check up (MAC16038), which highlights some of the signs and symptoms of cancer. Posters are also available which can be personalised to help you raise awareness and promote events and activities around men’s health.
Visit be.Macmillan today to browse and order the full range of materials.
Updates to the Macmillan Organiser
The Macmillan Organiser has proven an extremely popular and helpful resource, and it’s now been updated and refreshed with feedback from people affected by cancer and health professionals.
The new-look organiser is more compact, but has more space for storing different booklets, forms and information in one place.
People can use the organiser to keep a record of things like medication, tests, diet, physical activity and practical issues such as help around the home. A new central pouch also contains three booklets – ‘Medical’, ‘Personal’ and ‘Looking after yourself’ – each of which features relevant information and advice taken from the recently updated Cancer Guide.
Visit be.Macmillan to order the Macmillan Organiser, and let us know your feedback.
All children with cancer requiring treatment now eligible for Tom’s Gift
If you’re involved in caring for a child under 16 who is undergoing or requires cancer treatment, you could bring them a moment of joy with Tom’s Gift.
Simply fill out the application form with the child’s parent or carer, send it in and the child will receive a special package in the post – including a £30 gift voucher for them to spend on whatever makes them smile.
The pack also contains information for parents to let them know about Macmillan’s support. Find out more and download the application form.
Managing cancer-related lymphoedema
The 2013 report Throwing light on the consequences of cancer and its treatment estimates that up to 63,000 people in the UK are affected by cancer-related lymphoedema from breast, pelvic, and head and neck cancers. In response, Macmillan has partnered with the Lymphoedema Association to develop training materials for healthcare professionals on managing lymphoedema, and to influence lymphoedema policy and practice.
Visit the new website to find out more. You can also access the BMJ Learning module for chronic oedema and lymphoedema.
Major study to give new insights into long-term effects of cancer
A major new research programme funded by Macmillan is set to launch at Southampton University on 20 June.
HORIZONS will provide unprecedented insight into the long-term emotional, physical and financial effects of cancer. The study aims to recruit 3,000 patients from 50 sites across the UK, following completion of a pilot at three sites over the summer.
HORIZONS will build on the success of CREW, a cohort study launched in 2010 which is exploring health and well-being following primary treatment of colorectal cancer. This research has the potential to transform the treatment, support and care delivered to people affected by cancer.
For more information, email us or sign up for the launch event.
Learning and developmentBack to top
There are plenty of courses to choose from over the summer. Here are a few that may be of interest:
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.
Visit learnzone.org.uk/macprofs for the full course listing and to book your place.
England Cancer Strategy
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer (APPGC), which includes Macmillan, has launched an inquiry into the progress made since the England Cancer Strategy was published last July. This is a great opportunity for the APPGC to influence the strategy’s future direction – and you can help.
- Written evidence: The APPGC has asked a range of stakeholders – including representatives from the NHS, charities, patient organisations, and commissioners – to submit written evidence on the progress made since the strategy was released. The deadline for written evidence is Friday 17 June. More information is available online.
- Oral evidence: The APPGC will also host a small number of oral evidence sessions in Parliament with key stakeholders, including Cally Palmer, National Cancer Director, and Sir Harpal Kumar, Head of the National Cancer Advisory Group.
Once the inquiry is complete, the APPGC will publish a report of its key findings and seek to make recommendations to the Government and NHS England on how to best implement and deliver the strategy going forward.
If you would like to know more about Macmillan’s submission to the inquiry, please contact James Shield or Victoria Woods. Please also spread the word to any contacts who you think might be interested in submitting evidence.
Carers’ Strategy England: have your say
The Department of Health (DH) has recently launched a call for evidence for the new Carers’ Strategy in England.
As a Macmillan professional, your views and experiences could help to positively shape the strategy. The DH is holding a roundtable event and would like a range of health and social care professionals to ensure that their views are reflected.
The event will take place in July (exact date to be confirmed), at the Department of Health, Richmond House, London.
If you are not able to attend the roundtable event please visit the website to complete the survey.
If you’d be interested in participating or finding out more, please email us.
Give your opinion
Your opinions matter. That’s why we’d like you to be involved in reviewing and developing products and programmes to support you and your colleagues.
The professionals review panel offers an easy way for you to voice your opinions on Macmillan programmes of work, campaigns and materials. So far this year, the group have provided insight on advertising campaigns, helped develop conference content, and been involved in marking the Excellence Award submissions. Most reviews are done by email and you’re free to take part at your convenience.
To join, or to submit ideas for new products to support your work, please email Denise Etherington.
Macmillan Policy Update – keeping you informed of our policy work
Download your copy of the latest Policy Update.
Job opportunities at Macmillan
Spring’s the perfect time for a fresh start. 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.
- Carers Week, 8–14 June
- National Men’s Health Week, 15–25 June
- Primary Care Conference, 30 June–1 July
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.
Please share this page with your Macmillan and non-Macmillan colleagues to help us ensure as many professionals as possible are kept up to date about Macmillan’s work and helpful tools to help them in their work with people affected by cancer.