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National Garden Scheme’s Gardens and Health Week, 11-19 May

Over 85% of visitors report that spending time in a National Garden Scheme garden has a calming and positive effect on well-being.

The National Garden Scheme transforms lives in England and Wales by opening gardens to the public. This Gardens and Health Week, they are raising awareness of the impact of garden visiting on well-being.

Luke, diagnosed with bowel cancer, explains how being in his garden impacted his wellbeing: ‘My side effects are ongoing. I absolutely love gardening, growing fruit and vegetables – it relaxes me.’

Please encourage your patients to get outside, start gardening or find an open garden near them.

Award-winning project improves cancer services in Northern Ireland

Clinicians in North Wales have been on a fact-finding mission to Northern Ireland to learn more about an award-winning project to improve cancer services.

The group travelled to Belfast to hear about Transforming Cancer Follow-Up, a programme funded by Macmillan Cancer Support, which challenges the traditional ‘one size fits all’ approach to routine hospital follow-up.

The trip was organised by colleagues on Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s Transforming Cancer Services Together programme, which was funded by Macmillan and set up to improve cancer services in North Wales.

Visit the NHS Wales website to read the full story.

Communications will now be sent by DocuSign

Communications regarding Macmillan appointments, professionals’ welcome letters, schedules of payment letters and contracting documents will now be sent by DocuSign from our Service Operations Support Team.

The emails will appear as from ‘Service Operations Support via DocuSign’ and the subject will usually contain the text ‘Please DocuSign’.

If you click on the link in the email to ‘View documents’, you can review the attachments and complete and sign as appropriate.

Please note:

Learning and development

Our 2019 National Learning and Development programme for Macmillan professionals is now live.

There is a wide range of courses available in the UK to support you in your role. To find out what is available, please check below or visit LearnZone.

Places are allocated on a first come first served basis, so please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Managing volunteers 
22 May, Belfast

Developing resilience to burnout  
25 June, Nottingham

Collecting and analysing data 
11 July, Wrexham

Cancer and dementia
25 September, Llandrindod Wells

To view the full range of available courses, please visit LearnZone.

Get involved

Advancing Healthcare Awards

Phillip Bremner, Macmillan Welfare and Benefits Adviser at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, has won the Macmillan Award for Leadership and Innovation in Cancer Care at the Advancing Healthcare Awards.

The welfare and benefit support service, which Phillip won the award for setting up, is having a huge impact for people living with cancer according to service evaluation and user feedback. Over £6 million of annualised benefits has been successfully claimed as well as over £500,000 of backdated arrears.

Since the service started, around £70,000 in charitable grants have been awarded for things as diverse as white goods, experience and memory days, travel costs to attend treatment and charitable holidays for people living with treatable but not curable cancer.

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists, which included many of our own Macmillan professionals. To find out more, visit the awards website.

Tell us how we can support you in your role

We want you to take part in our short online survey. It's your chance to tell us how we can best support you in your role.

What do you need from us to deliver high quality cancer care? How can we help you develop, personally and professionally? We want to know what you think.

To take part in the survey, watch out for an email in your inbox. We’re really looking forward to hearing from you.

New and updated resources

New expenses claim form

There is a new professionals’ expense claim form, which replaces all other forms and accompanies recent changes to the Macmillan Professionals’ Expenses Policy.

You can find the new policy on our website, along with many other resources to support you in your role.

If you have any questions, please contact

Sun Awareness Week 2019

Sun awareness week was from 6-12 May. Macmillan provides a range of free information and resources for people living with skin cancer, available to order or download from

We have information booklets about skin cancer, and booklets that provide more detail about malignant melanoma.


Malignant melanoma

You can also find information about skin cancer on our website.

Money worries flashcards

Living with cancer can be tough on people's finances. We can help. We have created a handy set of flashcards to help you to make sure patients are aware of what they're entitled to. They will tell you how to signpost your patients to support if they have questions about cancer and their finances.

Visit the be.Macmillan website to order flashcards.

Areas of interest

Help develop Macmillan’s products and services

Our professional review panel helps to shape Macmillan’s work – inputting into policy reports, helping improve guidance for professionals and improving information for people with cancer.

We’ll email you every month or so to ask for your opinions. There’s no obligation to take part; the panel is flexible, so you can choose which reviews you’re interested in.

We really value your thoughts and feedback – if you’re interested in joining, please sign up.

Macmillan Policy Update - keeping you informed of our policy work

Download your copy of the latest policy update.

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.

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

Share with your colleagues

If you think 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.