Macmillan GPs are practising GPs who devote an average of a day per week to work with Macmillan and primary healthcare teams to make a recognisable improvement to cancer care across the UK.
They are recognised locally as cancer clinical leads and will often hold several roles in addition to their daily GP role. Their role as a Macmillan GP spans the whole care pathway including work on early diagnosis, supporting people living with cancer, and enabling people to die well.
We don’t fund GPs to provide direct care to people with cancer; the Macmillan GP role involves working through leadership and influencing in a range of areas. From enabling access to cancer education for other GPs, to supporting commissioning of cancer services (including pathway and service redesign), and providing practical support to GPs to help them recognise and manage people with cancer. Macmillan GPs will also work towards improving communication between professionals. More recently, we’ve also been working with practice nurses to test the concept of managing cancer alongside other long-term conditions.
Today, there are around 200 Macmillan GPs and over 100 practice nurses who work with Macmillan as part of our primary care community.
To find out more, email the Macmillan GPs team.