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

The NHS at 70: Thank you from Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive

As we mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS I want to say a huge thank you for all the amazing work you do.

I am so proud to be leading an organisation with such passionate, expert and hard-working individuals. Meeting with you, hearing your stories, experiences and opinions truly inspires me. I know Macmillan needs to be there for you too, to ensure you can help support people with cancer when they need it, in the best way for them.

We will continue to influence and work with key decision makers, partners and service providers on vital issues such as workforce capacity, end-of-life care, system integration, and understanding the changing needs of people with cancer. I want Macmillan to play its role to help ensure the NHS is protected and fit for the future so that everyone diagnosed with cancer gets the care and support they need.

Lynda Thomas

Our 2017 Annual Report

2017 proved to be a record year for Macmillan with our incredible supporters raising £247.7 million.

Thanks to the support we received we’ve been able to increase our number of Macmillan professional posts by over 800. We now have a total of over 7,700 Macmillan professionals UK wide, which is nearly 12% more than the previous year (6,900 in 2016).

Last year we continued to invest in Macmillan professionals by awarding 952 grants worth £747,000 to individuals and groups for continuing professional development.

To learn more about our achievements in 2017, highlights from Macmillan professionals and personal stories from people living with cancer, download the full report [PDF] or overview [PDF].

Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards 2018: Finalists

After another exceptional round of nominations this year, we are pleased to announce the finalists for the Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards.

The categories are:

  • Service Improvement Excellence
  • Innovation Excellence
  • Integration Excellence.

The work of Macmillan professionals is transforming the lives of people living with cancer, and these awards celebrate the outstanding contributions that you are making to cancer services.

The winners will be announced at the Excellence Awards ceremony on Thursday 8 November 2018 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel.

Look out for more details in next month’s Mac Mail.

Refresh of the Cancer Rehabilitation Pathways

In 2013 the National Cancer Action Team worked to establish the evidence base for cancer rehabilitation and the subsequent interventions which take place at each stage. This pathway is the culmination of that work. The pathways are provided as a guide to the types of rehabilitation interventions patients may need at different stages.

From July 2018, the pathways will be reviewed and will aim to ensure they link to current national policy and evidence.  

Copies are available to order through be.macmillan and can also be downloaded.

Learning and development

Upcoming courses 

Here are some of the courses coming up in the next few months.

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

We Are Macmillan

18 July, London

Developing Personal Impact

13 September, Antrim Civic Centre

Influencing and Negotiating Skills

18 September, Antrim Civic Centre


18-19 September, London

13 November, London

Emotional Wellbeing

25 September, Antrim Civic Centre

Understanding the Recovery Package

7 November, London

Be Mindful (e-learning)

Due to a technical fault, bookings for this course have not been received. If you have booked a place and have not been sent further details, please rebook.

Get involved

Brand new posters to promote your service

The Make section on be.macmillan provides you with the resources to customise materials, including posters and flyers.

If you’re promoting a Macmillan information service, our brand new posters, found within the ‘service promotion’ section, are now available for you to customise.

New and updated resources

Travel and cancer

When someone living with cancer is planning to travel, there are some things that they should think about before their trip.

The Travel and Cancer booklet provides information to support them – it also includes information for carers, family members and friends.

The booklet advises on a range of issues – from travel insurance, vaccinations and healthcare around the world, to avoiding health problems and taking medicines abroad. Further information is also available on the website.

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.