As of June 2013, there were 3,942 Macmillan nurse posts across the UK, both in hospitals and in the community.
All Macmillan nurses are registered with at least five years' experience, including two or more years in cancer or palliative care. They have completed specialist courses in pain and symptom management, and psychological support.
Most of the nurses work in NHS hospitals or the community. A small number work in hospices and private hospitals, but do not charge for their services. As specialists they do not routinely undertake nursing care but are there to assess complex needs, give advice to other healthcare professionals and support people with cancer to understand their treatment options.
If you need more direct nursing care, there are other nurses who can help.
We also employ nurses and other professionals on our help lines and mobile information units.