Macmillan Fellowship

A Macmillan Fellowship is a prestigious award given to exceptional Macmillan professionals in the year that they won one of the Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards.

How are fellows selected?

Individual award winners who have been a Macmillan professional for more than three years are eligible for a fellowship. We ask the Macmillan development managers of eligible winners to complete a fellowship application form. Winners will then be invited for a short fellowship interview. The decision to award the fellowship is based on the interview and the winner's plans for how to use the grant. Up to three Macmillan fellows can be selected per year.

Macmillan Fellows 2015

Individual award winners who have been a Macmillan professional for more than three years are eligible for a fellowship. We ask the Macmillan development managers of eligible winners to complete a fellowship application form. Winners will then be invited for a short fellowship interview. The decision to award the fellowship is based on the interview and the winner's plans for how to use the grant. Up to three Macmillan fellows can be selected per year.

Dr Gerry Millar MBE - Macmillan GP Facilitator, Southern Health and Social Care Trust

Gerry led a project designed to improve early detection of lung cancer through education of both professionals and the community, the first of its kind in Northern Ireland. He worked with numerous stakeholders to overcome the many challenges associated with early detection – all with the aim of ensuring that people affected by cancer can access the services they need.

As a result of extensive media coverage, an unprecedented 300 people went for x-rays over a three month period. From this, 17 required further investigation, and six people were diagnosed with early stage lung cancer – a potentially life-saving result. Gerry has gone on to deliver a further project to ensure that people with learning disabilities are better able to access screening services and are properly supported. This has been another huge success, with 95% of GP practices in his Health Trust area adopting this approach.

If you would like to find out more about Gerry’s work please email Macmillan Development Manager Ruth Thompson.


Professor Rosemary Richardson - Macmillan Nutrition Volunteer Project Lead, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

As a clinically-based professor of dietetics, Rosemary realised that there were simply not enough dietitians to look after people with head and neck cancer. She truly thought outside the box to conclude that the real experts in the complex nutritional issues facing those with head and neck cancer were the patients themselves.

She set about recruiting them, and now has 32 volunteers – all either patients or carers who have first-hand experience of the nutritional issues involved in head and neck cancer. The volunteers are directly matched with patients and attend the cancer centre to speak to people waiting for radiotherapy. The support they offer is both cost-effective and enormously appreciated. Through her academic connections Rosemary has worked tirelessly to achieve full university accreditation for all of them.

If you would like to find out more about Rosemary’s work please email Macmillan Development Manager Trisha Hatt.