Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards

About the awards

The Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards are an opportunity to recognise the impact of Macmillan professionals and teams who have gone above and beyond expectations to help people with cancer live as fully as they can.

Our prestigious and independent awards allow us to showcase the work of truly exceptional professionals, who help us be right there for people living with cancer.

The awards are presented in three categories:

  • Innovation Excellence
  • Integration Excellence
  • Quality Improvement Excellence.

All award finalists are invited to the Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards ceremony on Thursday 7 November at the Hilton Metropole, Birmingham. 

If you have any questions, please visit our awards website or contact the team.

Frequently asked questions

Why nominate?

When you nominate a team or individual for an award, you will:

  • Gain industry-level recognition for an individual or team among their professional community, peers and the public
  • Highlight best practice in your area, which exceeds the high standards expected of Macmillan professionals
  • Support your nominees to measure and evaluate their impact (data that is integral for future service development)
  • Provide the opportunity for nominees to commit to a rigorous judging process, including a live presentation, for their personal development
  • All shortlisted nominations receive feedback, which can help to develop and further advance their practice
  • Finalists are invited to the awards ceremony
  • Winners receive an award, certificate and PR opportunities.

Nominations are now closed. We will announce our finalists in June.


How are categories judged?

Find out about our three award categories, and what we're looking for below.

Innovation Excellence

This category recognises nominees and teams who have introduced a new approach to service or product development and delivery.

Judges will look for examples of truly innovative ideas, where challenging custom and pushing boundaries have resulted in a new approach to the planning and delivery of a service or product.

The initiative should demonstrate improved outcomes and experience for people living with cancer and measurable improvements in the quality and effectiveness of service or product.

Integration Excellence

This category recognises nominees and teams who have improved the coordination of services and enabled integration across settings such acute, primary, social and voluntary or through digital services, to provide a seamless experience for people living with cancer.

Judges will look for collaboration with a range of stakeholder groups including people living with cancer, and measurable impact at local, regional or national level.

Quality Improvement

This category recognises nominees and teams who have made significant improvements within an existing service offered to people living with cancer.

Entrants should have exceeded the requirements of their role and be able to evidence the impact of the improvements for people living with cancer. Judges will be looking for the application of Quality Improvement methodology and evidence of patient engagement.

Nominations are now closed. We will announce our finalists in June.


How do professionals support Macmillan's strategy?

Right now, more people are living with cancer in the UK than ever before. Over half of people diagnosed now survive cancer. While it is not always life threatening, it is life changing and affects so much more than a person’s health. We believe everyone must have support that’s right for them, whatever they’re going through. But this is not the reality for the 2.5 million people living with cancer today.

Macmillan helps thousands of people with the physical, emotional, practical and financial impact of cancer on their lives. But millions more need support. That’s why we have a new strategy. It outlines our priorities for the next five years so that we can have the biggest impact on helping everyone with cancer live life as fully as they can. So, whatever cancer throws your way, we're right there with you.


2018 winners and finalists

Lifetime Achievement Award 2018

This prestigious award recognises one individual’s tireless and inventive contribution to the development of cancer care over the course of their career.

Macmillan Fellowship 2018

Macmillan fellowships are awarded to professionals who have set the highest standards in their area of work. Fellows gain access to increased learning and development opportunities and also contribute strategically to Macmillan’s work.

Innovation Excellence Award 2018

The Innovation Excellence Award is awarded to individuals and teams who have shown forward thinking in developing a new product or service.

Service Improvement Excellence Award 2018

This category celebrates the people and teams whose vision and commitment have led to tangible, lasting improvements in the quality of services offered to people affected by cancer.

Excellence Awards finalists 2018

Choosing our winners from such an amazing and inspiring selection of people wasn’t easy. We'd like to congratulate all of our finalists for the fantastic work they do to support people living with cancer.