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

Keep Warm Without the Worry – working in partnership with npower

We’re working with npower to help those struggling with energy bills. They support Macmillan’s Energy Advice Team who offer guidance and help source funding for people living with cancer who are struggling to keep warm, regardless of who supplies their energy[1].

Nearly a third of people living with cancer say they feel the cold more for reasons related to their cancer diagnosis and treatment. Consequently, at least one in seven of them suffer with depression (15%) or anxiety (14%) and nearly a quarter (23%) say they have sleepless nights or difficulty sleeping.[2]

Please tell the people you support that they can access information and may be eligible for assistance with energy bills at macmillan.org.uk/keepwarm. Or they can call the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm).

1. Eligibility criteria apply

Let people know about Macmillan Free Wills Month

Throughout January, Macmillan is offering people the opportunity to write their will for free. We’re working with four will writing partners and wills can be written online, at home, in branch with a solicitor, by post or by phone.

There’s no obligation to leave Macmillan a gift, but any legacies left to Macmillan will help to fund our services for generations to come.

Please let your colleagues and the people you support know that this service is available. Visit macmillan.org.uk/freewillsmonth during January to find out more.

Working with high street banks to give bespoke financial support

As well as offering financial support directly, we’re working with Lloyds Bank, Bank of Scotland and Halifax to offer practical help to more people with cancer.

Macmillan has trained dedicated Cancer Support Teams to help customers of these banks manage their money through support tailored to their individual needs. This includes practical guidance on personal banking, savings, loans, mortgages and credit cards. Macmillan Financial Guides can also make sure people get the help they need by directly referring customers who call the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 800 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm) to their banks’ Cancer Support Team.

If the people you support are customers with any of these banks, please let them know about the support that’s available. Find out more at macmillan.org.uk/bankingsupport

The Source has moved

We are relocating content and support from The Source to other parts of our website. If you, or someone you know, is looking for addition information about how to support someone affected by cancer, you’ll now find some on our Online Community. You’ll be able to read ‘Tip of the Week’ blog posts there, and share your own tips in the comments section too.

Reminder: Don’t miss out on your free meal courtesy of Chef and Brewer this January

During January, Macmillan’s partner Chef and Brewer is inviting Macmillan professionals to enjoy a free meal in one of their restaurants.

You can choose any meal from the mains section of the menu. This offer will run until Wednesday 31 January.

To redeem your meal and to find a venue near you visit the website and print off the voucher. Full terms and conditions are available at the link.


Learning and development

Upcoming courses

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

Our online courses are also available to complete. Visit the LearnZone website to see the full range of online courses.


Get involved

Let people know how we can help this World Cancer Day

On and around Sunday 4 February, people are more likely to ask questions about cancer as the media focuses on World Cancer Day. Please help spread the word about how Macmillan’s services can help.

Join the Mac Voice editorial board

You may have read the most recent edition of Mac Voice, our quarterly magazine for Macmillan professionals. As the experts, we want to hear your views to help us shape our publications.

If you’d be interested in joining the editorial board for Mac Voice, please get in touch for more information. 

Participation involves attending quarterly board meetings, advising on the strategic direction of Mac Voice and reviewing articles for Mac Voice and Sharing Good Practice ahead of publication.


New and updated resources

Updated guide for young carers

Thursday 25 January is Young Carers’ Awareness Day. There are over 700,000 young carers in the UK, including those who are helping to look after a loved one with cancer.

Being a young carer can affect their education, relationships and future prospects. Macmillan’s Guide for young people looking after someone with cancer is newly updated for 2018.

Order or download free copies today to share with the families and young people you work with and support young carers to have their best possible future.


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.