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

Monday 9 October: Assessment of the cancer workforce in England and Wales

Macmillan is leading an assessment of the cancer workforce which we believe is vital to determine how the cancer workforce has changed since 2014. We will use this information to plan for the future and support a sustainable cancer workforce.

Directors of Nursing and Lead Cancer Nurses in England and Wales will have received a copy of our census request to assess the current size, location and composition of the adult cancer nursing and support workforce. Allied Health professionals are being surveyed individually later in October.

The research has the support of NHS England and Health Education England and has been endorsed by the Welsh Government’s Chief Nursing Officer.

The census day is today, Monday 9 October, and data collection will close on Monday 13 November.

We hope to undertake similar work in the future in Scotland as well as for the community nursing and hospice-based cancer workforce.

In the meantime, we’d value your support to ensure your workplace is included in this workforce assessment. For further information, please email us.

The digital DS1500 form is now live

The new digital DS1500 form to speed up benefits for end of life patients has been officially launched. The Digital DS1500 Service will enable healthcare professionals to complete and submit DS1500s online via this portal, using the NHS Smartcard.

Once submitted, the form reaches the DWP securely and immediately, which can help reduce waiting time for the patient. Paper DS1500 forms will continue to be available but make sure you are using the most up to date version issued September 2017 to avoid it being rejected.

Although the service will only be available in England for the moment, the DWP are looking at rolling it out to Scotland and Wales in the long term. Watch this video for more information.

New materials to support you to have money-related conversations

You may have seen our new adverts letting healthcare professionals know that anyone with cancer can experience financial difficulties relating to their diagnosis. We’re encouraging you and your colleagues to have conversations with people about the financial impact of cancer and tell them what support is available.

We know your time is stretched and that sometimes it can be difficult to know what to say or how to help with money worries, particularly when there are other things to discuss.

We’ve worked with a group of Macmillan professionals to develop new resources to help you and your colleagues start conversations about money and tell people about the support that’s available.

Download the new Ten Top Tips and Financial Support Guide today and share with your colleagues.

Support at work for people affected by cancer

People who have, or have had, cancer are protected by law from unfair treatment at work. Talking to their employer can be a first step to getting the support they need.

Juan was working when he was diagnosed with cancer. After talking to his boss, they agreed together what support he needed during his treatment. He says, ‘When I told my employer, they were very supportive’.

However, it can be difficult to know where to start, or what to say. We can help. Please signpost your patients to our step-by-step guide to help them find the words, and to our guide to rights at work.

Managing cancer in the workplace

Each year, almost 120,000 people of working age are diagnosed with cancer in the UK, a figure set to increase. With 82% of people wanting to return to work after treatment but 47% having had to give it up or change roles, it’s important to ensure that the right support is available.

Macmillan’s experience makes us ideally placed to help line managers support staff affected by cancer. Sign up to Macmillan at Work to receive a free toolkit and access to training and resources to help you support staff affected by cancer.

Success at the BMA Patient Information Awards

We're thrilled to announce that two of our cancer information resources received awards at the 2017 BMA Patient Information Awards, which were held last month. After someone dies – coping with bereavement and Move more – your guide to becoming more active both received accolades, winning first prize in the Information on Ethical Issues and Self-care categories respectively.

Congratulations to everyone involved in producing these resources.

Learning and development

Upcoming courses

9-10 November, Edinburgh

25 October, Dunsilly, Antrim

8 November, Manchester

9-10 November, Dunsilly Hotel, Antrim

22-23 November, Dunsilly, Antrim

29 November, Dunsilly Hotel Antrim

Places are allocated on a first come first served basis. To avoid disappointment, please book well in advance. Visit

Applying for Learning and Development grants – Top Tips

2017 has been the busiest year for Learning and Development grants, with 860 applications submitted between January – August alone.

However, we are declining more applications than last year. We want to help you submit successful applications, so please check out our new Top Tips to help you submit a great application.

Get involved

Are our booklets too ‘green’?

Do you like our photo style? What about our headline font?

You can answer these and other questions about the design of our information booklets in our short survey. We asking Macmillan professionals, volunteers, and people living with cancer to let us know their thoughts, so please pass it on to your colleagues or the people you support too.

The survey will help us to develop the design of our information booklets, and will take around 5 minutes to complete.

Cancer Awareness in October and November

This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and there are lots of free materials available on be.Macmillan to help you spread the word about symptoms, support services and treatment information.

Looking ahead, November is the awareness month for lung cancer and pancreatic cancer, and be.Macmillan has dedicated resources for these months too. This includes information booklets and a CD, which are all free to order or download.

Macmillan Volunteer Awards

Nominations for the Macmillan Volunteer Awards are now open. These regional and national awards offer the chance to say a huge thank you for the time, care, expertise and commitment that Macmillan volunteers so generously give.

This year we’ve introduced a new Service Team of the Year Award, recognising groups of volunteers who support Macmillan’s work in a particular geographic or subject area.

So if you have worked with a Macmillan volunteer, please help us say thank you by nominating someone you know for the 2018 Volunteer Award.

New and updated resources

New resource: Cancer and Dementia

If you treat someone with cancer and dementia, or identify someone as a carer, we can help.

As one of the people they may turn to, you’re vital in helping us identify and support their needs. We’ve produced free booklets in consultation with people affected by dementia. One for people with cancer and dementia, explaining what may happen after diagnosis, including practical advice about ways people can look after themselves, and one for carers. This talks about some of the worries people may have and ways to cope, as well as providing information about getting help and support.

Visit the Macmillan website for further information and to download free copies.

New Treatment Summary How-To Guide

We have developed a how-to guide for Treatment Summaries, adding to the suite of existing resources to support health professionals implementing the components of the Recovery Package.

The How-To Guide discusses the benefits of Treatment Summaries for both professionals and patients. It includes lots of tips from fellow professionals about implementation of treatments, and their suggestions on how to overcome certain barriers.  Two case studies, one from secondary care and another from a GP perspective, are also provided.

If you have any questions about the resource, please contact

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.