Latest news for health and social care professionals

Latest news and updates for health and social care professionals including GP's, oncologists, Macmillan Nurse Specialists and occupational health workers. Also, read the latest Macmillan policy updates.

Latest news

Patients with money worries? Specialist support is available

‘We took a real hit financially. Macmillan were the only people that felt like they were trying to help.’ Anthony, diagnosed with cancer.

When Anthony was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2014, it significantly impacted his finances. His household costs such as bills increased, he had to pay for travel to and from hospital appointments, and buy new clothes when he lost weight due to treatment. Macmillan’s specialist financial guides helped him apply for benefits that he wouldn’t have accessed otherwise.

Please let your patients know about our financial support information, and you can also order our free Money Worries leaflet which offers further advice and support.

Get set, garden, grow! – gardening as a way to keep active

Research suggests that keeping active during and after cancer treatment can be good to help manage and reduce the side effects of recovery.

Gardening is a great way to keep active, and in partnership with the National Gardening Scheme (NGS) Macmillan want to encourage people to get outside and get gardening. It can be done at an individual’s own pace, and with manageable steps it can gradually build fitness levels and physical strength. The NGS currently have gardens across England and Wales, and a sister scheme for Scotland.

Please let the people you support know about this initiative. You can also visit the website to find lots of useful information and download the Gardening as a way to keep active booklet and the Top tips for gardening fact sheet for your patients.

e-learning module to support cancer carers

11-17 June is Carers’ Week. Looking after someone with cancer can impact a person’s health, mental well-being, working life and relationships. Nearly 1.5 million people in the UK support a loved one with cancer. Half don’t get any support and many don’t recognise themselves as carers.

An e-learning module for healthcare professionals is available which contains learning modules on the number and experiences of cancer carers in the UK, tips on identifying carers, overcoming barriers and where to direct carers for support.

The Macmillan Research Grants Scheme 2018 is open

Applications for the 2018 Macmillan Research Grant Scheme are now open. At Macmillan, we want to invest in research that has clear potential to benefit people living with cancer.

We are therefore inviting online applications for projects in the following areas:

  • The impact of new developments in cancer treatment on people’s lives
  • How to most effectively get information about diagnosis and prognosis to people living with cancer
  • Inequalities in experience and outcomes following a cancer diagnosis.

The deadline for applications is Monday 4 June. Visit the webpage for more information about the available funding, application, and review process.

You can also read the new Research Impact Framework which provides guidance for those who successfully receive funding.

International Nurses Day – thank you

On Saturday 12 May, it is International Nurses Day, and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank every Macmillan professional across the UK. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to people living with cancer.

Alongside thousands of other professionals, you are helping people with cancer live their lives to the full. You are also supporting their families, friends, and loved ones as they face the challenge of cancer. Without you by their side, this challenge would be even tougher.

From everyone at Macmillan, thank you for transforming the lives of people living with cancer.

Learning and development

Upcoming courses

Understanding Cancer and its Treatments

  • 17 May, Llandrindod Wells

Cancer Awareness

  • 21 May, Well Met Conferencing, Leeds
  • 24 May, DoubleTree Hotel, Leeds

Presentation Skills

  • 23 May, Edinburgh

Motivational Interviewing

  • 30-31 May, Glasgow
  • 5-6 June, Wrexham


  • 12-13 June, Exeter

Loss, Grief and Bereavement

  • 18 June, Cambridge

Developing Resilience to Burnout

  • 19 June, Bristol

Places are allocated on a first come first served basis. Please book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Browse and book courses >

Get involved

Help us to celebrate 70 years of the NHS

Thursday 5 July will mark the 70th birthday of the NHS, and Macmillan is joining in with the celebrations.

We want to recognise and thank the extraordinary professionals who work tirelessly in the NHS to care for people day in, day out. To do this, we’d like you to send us your best stories from working in the NHS, or share how you’ll be celebrating.

These can be in the form of photographs, life-changing moments, or heart-warming memories. We’d like to create a montage of your stories to showcase during the anniversary. Please send us your stories if you’d like to be involved.

Please note: by sending in an image and/or story, you agree to your content being used as part of the campaign, which may include newsletters, the Macmillan website, social media and/or print. Consent can be withdrawn at any time, however this won’t be possible once the campaign has started. We will ensure that any content that is sent to us will be deleted once the campaign is over but cannot return photographs or make any guarantee that all photographs and stories will be used. All images must be your own.

New and updated resources

Are you ready for Sun Awareness Week?

This month, between 14-20 May, it’s Sun Cancer Awareness Week, and Macmillan has a variety of resources to help you raise awareness of skin cancers.

You can access the full range on be.macmillan for free, and order booklets such as Understanding skin cancer and Understanding melanoma - lymph node assessment and treatment.

You can also use our editable posters to promote your service or raise awareness about how people can stay safe in the sun.

Areas of interest

Macmillan Policy Update – keeping you informed of our policy work

Download your copy of the latest Policy Update [PDF].

Job opportunities at Macmillan

Do you feel like it’s time for a new challenge, or just a change? One of these openings at Macmillan’s offices around the country might appeal to you.

Have your details changed?

If you’d like to update your contact details or if you haven’t received Mac Voice, please send us an email.

Share with your colleagues

If your colleagues would be interested in the updates in this issue of Mac Mail, please share it with them. As well as keeping them informed, you’ll be helping to raise awareness of our services for people affected by cancer.