23 October 2014
**Macmillan at Work will provide employers with expert training, consultancy options, and resources to help employees with cancer**
A unique new programme to help employers prepare and manage the impact of cancer at work has been developed by leading cancer charity, Macmillan Cancer Support.
Macmillan at Work will be exhibited for the first time at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Annual Conference 2014, where employers will have the opportunity to book one of Macmillan’s specialist face to face work and cancer training sessions.
Sessions include, ‘Managing the challenge of cancer in the workplace’, ‘Managing cancer in your workplace’ and a bespoke consultancy service for Senior HR, Occupational Health or Management:
Employers who sign up for Macmillan at Work will also receive the following:
• Macmillan’s free Essential work and cancer toolkit for employers.
• Regular updates on issues relating to health at work.
Liz Egan, Working through Cancer Programme Lead at Macmillan Cancer Support, said:
“Each year, almost 120,000 people of working age are diagnosed with cancer in the UK , and around half a million people care for someone with cancer whilst juggling work . With these numbers set to grow, it is vital that employers are equipped and understand how to support employees affected by cancer.
“Recent estimates suggest around £5.3 billion in productivity is lost over a 5-year period as a result of people with cancer not returning to work . Businesses would reap big rewards if people with cancer were offered effective back-to-work support.
“The Macmillan at Work programme helps HR departments and managers prepare for and manage the impact of cancer at work, enabling them to be more capable and confident in supporting their employees.”
Macmillan at Work offers expert training, guidance and free resources for employers. To find out more visit www.macmillan.org.uk/atwork .
For further information, please contact:
Cora Bauer, Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2016 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
1. UK 2012 cancer incidence amongst those aged 15-64. Figures sourced from: Office for National Statistics, Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit, ISD Scotland, and Northern Ireland Cancer Registry. (Accessed July 2014)
2. Macmillan Cancer Support/Ipsos MORI. More than a Million: Understanding the UK’s carers of people with cancer. 2012. The research found an estimated 1.1 million people are currently caring for someone with cancer in the UK, with 48% in full or part-time employment.
3. Policy Exchange. The Cost of Cancer. 2010. Report available on link below: http://www.policyexchange.org.uk/images/publications/the%20cost%20of%20cancer%20-%20feb%2010.pdf
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