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.
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.