Latest news for health and social care professionals

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

Latest news

Nursing Times Awards 2018 – Macmillan professionals’ success

Macmillan sponsored the Nursing Times Awards 2018, which took place on Wednesday 31 October 2018.

We’re pleased to announce the Cancer Nursing award went to Macmillan professional Vicki Stevenson-Hornby, based at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh FT. You can read about the team's work on our website.

The following teams, which included Macmillan professionals, were shortlisted for this award category:

  • Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust: Palliative care in disguise
  • Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust: Health and wellbeing event (Empower) for people with cancer

Congratulations to all the winners and those who were shortlisted. Find out more about Macmillan-sponsored awards on our website.

The Virtual Multidisciplinary Team (vMDT) programme

Since November 2016, the Virtual Multidisciplinary Team (vMDT) programme has provided online expert advice to clinical teams in primary and secondary care on the management of consequences of treatment.

However, after careful consideration we would like to announce the service will close in January 2019. We will no longer be accepting referrals as we commence a comprehensive evaluation of the programme.

Macmillan recognise the many benefits of this programme, including engagement of over 90 experts, and will ensure learnings are embedded into other work programmes going forward.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved with the programme.

Learning and development

Get involved

'Tis the season to nominate

AHA UK Awards

The Advancing Healthcare Awards recognise projects and professionals that lead innovative healthcare practice and make a real difference to patients’ lives. The awards are open to allied health professionals, healthcare scientists and those who work alongside them in support roles.

Nominations close on 14 January 2019.

British Medical Journal Awards

Now celebrating 11 years, the BMJ awards recognise the incredible work that healthcare teams in the UK do every day, promoting excellence in healthcare and showcasing knowledge and experience that inspires others.

Nominations close on 18 January 2019.

Student Nursing Time Awards

Highlighting excellence in all specialities of student nursing, the Student Nursing Time Awards recognises students and mentors who go the extra mile, and universities that puts students’ experience first.

Nominations close on 14 December 2018.

RCNi Nurse Awards

The annual RCNi Nurse Awards recognise and reward the achievements of nurses in all specialities from the UK.

Nominations close on 1 February 2019.

Share your views in our Macmillan Professionals communications survey

We want to know what you think about the way we communicate with Macmillan Professionals. Please tell us what you like and don’t like about Mac Voice magazine, or our e-newsletters Mac Mail and Inside Information. By completing our 10-minute survey, you can enter our prize draw for the chance to win one of two fantastic prizes:

  • a Boots No. 7 gift hamper
  • a £50 M&S voucher.

We value your opinions – please take our survey and help us shape and develop our communications to better support you in your role.

The survey closes at the end of February 2019.

New and updated resources

Mac Voice – Winter 2018 edition

Have you received the latest copy of Mac Voice? In this issue, we hear from Macmillan Palliative Care Service Improvement Pharmacist Peter Armstrong about his work to improve access to palliative medicines for people with cancer at the end of life.

You can also find out more about the new Macmillan strategy, and how Macmillan professionals are supporting teenagers and young adults living with cancer in a holistic way.

This edition of Sharing Good Practice is all about primary care and provides an update on the work Macmillan is doing to support professionals to improve cancer care in the community.

You can also download previous issues of Mac Voice, from the past two years, on our website.

To update your contact details or if you haven’t received your copy, please get in touch. Or if you’ve got an idea for an article, please email our editor.

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.

Contact your regional teams

Information about getting in touch with regional support teams in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales is available on our website.

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.