11 November 2015
Macmillan Cancer Support will mark the 40th anniversary of its first Macmillan nurse today at the charity’s annual professionals conference in Birmingham.
The Macmillan Professionals Conference 2015 takes place on 11-12 November in Birmingham and includes workshops, panel discussions and a keynote speech by the charity’s Chief Executive Lynda Thomas
Macmillan first introduced a team of nurses in 1975 who helped around 250 patients between them. There are now over 3,600 Macmillan nurses reaching more than 550,000 people affected by cancer.
As cancer treatment and support has changed over the past 40 years, so has the range of Macmillan professionals and the type of support they provide to people affected by the disease. Today there are almost 8,000 Macmillan professionals working in 90 different roles including radiographers, dieticians, physiotherapists and psychologists.
With the introduction of other health and social care roles, professionals are now working together to support an increasing number of people and support them right across the cancer pathway to ensure no one has to face cancer alone.
Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“We are incredibly lucky to work with so many passionate and inspiring Macmillan professionals who have made such a difference to the lives of people affected by cancer. They are grateful for the support they receive and so are we. I would like to personally thank all of our professionals.”
Dr Fran Woodward, Director of Policy and Impact at Macmillan Cancer Support said:
“As more and more people are diagnosed with cancer, and many are living longer with the disease, cancer is becoming a far more complex illness. People require high quality care to support them right across the cancer pathway.
“That is why forty years on since the introduction of the first Macmillan professional posts we want to celebrate and recognise the outstanding contribution Macmillan professionals make to cancer services. We remain strongly committed to continuing to work together to build the skill mix of cancer care teams of the future.”
Macmillan will also be celebrating the amazing achievements of its professionals at the Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards on the evening of Thursday 12 November.
For further information, please contact:
Claire McMahon, Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2013 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
About Macmillan Cancer Support
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.
That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.
To get involved, call 0300 1000 200
today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00
(Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk