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

Our new advertising campaign

We have launched a new advertising campaign to let everyone know, ‘Whatever cancer throws your way, we're right there with you'.

We’re excited to share our new advert with you. The new advert is set in the everyday, but uses hyper-reality twists to bring to life the active disruption that cancer can bring, and the difference Macmillan makes by supporting people physically, financially and emotionally.

This support means we’re right there in person through our Support Line, volunteers or professionals. It also means we’re right there indirectly, in spirit or remotely – such as championing voices through influencing and campaigning, or giving support on the Online Community.

Alongside the TV advert, the campaign will run across video on-demand services, cinema, radio, outdoor, PR and social media. You will start to see the brand idea ‘Whatever cancer throws your way, we're right there with you', across all of our marketing and communications in 2019.

To find out how we're right there for people with cancer, please visit our website.

Q&A with Peter Armstrong: the role of pharmacists in palliative care

In Mac Voice: Winter 2018 [PDF], we spoke to Peter Armstrong, Macmillan Palliative Care Service Improvement Pharmacist. He discusses his work in Northern Ireland to strengthen and promote the pharmacist’s role in caring for people with cancer at the end of life.

Greater numbers of people with increasingly complex palliative care needs are now being treated in their own homes. Macmillan is funding a Pharmacy Service Improvement project in Northern Ireland. The project aims to improve access to palliative medicines to ensure people with cancer get the best possible end of life care at home.

To find out more about Mac Voice, or download the latest issue, please visit

Macmillan’s London Buddy scheme

People living with cancer tell us how isolating it can feel, especially without family or friends nearby. They fear asking too much of those close to them.

Macmillan's London Buddies are Macmillan-trained volunteers in Camden, Enfield, Greenwich, Haringey, Islington, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark. They offer a listening ear, help with light housework or getting outside, and can signpost to Macmillan services, as well as other community-based organisations and projects.

A person who recently had support from the scheme told us, ‘I really appreciate it, I was very alone. My Buddy provides the support I need to go out. To talk about cancer in confidence, it’s so important. My family worry, but I need to talk about what’s in my head.’

If you would like to refer someone for a Buddy within London, please email

Learning and development

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

There are 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.

Communication skills
27 February, Edinburgh

Understanding cancer and its treatments
5 March, Glasgow

Developing personal impact
5 March, Leeds
11 March, Birmingham
3 April, Carmarthen

Loss, Grief and Bereavement
6 March, Edinburgh
6 March, Antrim

Understanding the Recovery Package
14 March, Nottingham
20 March, Antrim

Developing your role as a Macmillan professional
27 March, St Asaph, North Wales

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

Get involved

Nominations are open for the Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards 2019

Do you know a Macmillan professional or team who has gone above and beyond expectations to support people living with cancer?

Encourage your manager or team to submit an Excellence Award nomination to get you and your colleagues the recognition you deserve.

Some of the benefits for nominees include:

  • industry-level recognition among the professional community, peers and the public
  • highlighting best practice in their chosen field, which exceeds the high standards expected of Macmillan professionals and teams.

Nominations close at midnight on Monday 8 April 2019.

To find out more about the awards, please visit

New and updated resources

Guide to cancer resources in other languages

We have developed a guide, which lists cancer resources that have been translated into other languages.

The guide also contains resources in English that have been written specifically for people from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities.

The guide includes details of 67 resources with links to the translated and English language versions. It also has an index to languages and a subject index.

Areas of interest

Macmillan Policy Update – keeping you informed of our policy work

Download the February 2019 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 living with cancer.