Mac Mail

The quarterly newsletter for Macmillan professionals.

We hope you enjoy this issue of Mac Mail. It's filled with news about our latest projects and campaigns. You can also find our latest policy update, resources to support you in your role and dates of our upcoming learning and development courses.

If you have any feedback, or want to change your contact details, please get in touch.


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New physical activity campaign launches

A group of leading health charities, including Macmillan, have launched a new campaign, We Are Undefeatable, to help people with long-term health conditions become or stay physically active.

We want to make sure more people with cancer have regular conversations with healthcare professionals about their needs, including physical, to enable them to find the right support.

We offer free physical activity training for professionals on our website, to help you provide effective advice and support for people living with cancer.

Find out about training and resources >

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Mobile Information and Support Service

Macmillan's Mobile Information and Support Service buses have experts on board who can provide people with cancer with information and support. It’s a confidential service that is specially tailored to a person's individual needs.

Find out when a bus is in your area >

Amy Dugdale, winner of the Macmillan-sponsored Cancer Nursing category at the RCNi Nurse Awards 2019.

RCNi Cancer Nurse award winner

Amy Dugdale, Macmillan Gynaecology Clinical Nurse Specialist, was announced as the winner of the Macmillan-sponsored Cancer Nursing category at the RCNi Nurse Awards 2019. The awards attracted almost 700 entries this year, and winners celebrated at a glittering awards ceremony.

Amy, who works for Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, recognised that patients with ovarian cancer were missing out on a life-prolonging drug, as they had not undergone the genetic screening that would make them eligible to receive it.

Her small district general hospital did not have the resources to provide the counselling that genetic screening required, and referrals to genetic centres could be time-consuming, resulting in delays in treatment.

Ms Dugdale implemented her nurse-led BRCA testing service, ensuring that she was trained and able to inform and counsel patients appropriately, changing the disease course for a large number of women under the trust’s care.

Find out about the RCNi Awards >

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Free Will Service

Macmillan's new Free Will Service is available all year round, wherever you are in the UK. It’s easy to use, with a range of channels to complete the process. And for peace of mind, everything is double-checked by legal experts.

Wills are a lovely way to remember the people and causes close to a person’s heart, and gifts in wills help us be right there for people with cancer in the years ahead.

Please spread the word about this new service with your colleagues.

Sign up for a free will >

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New learning programme for nurses and AHPs

Macmillan Explore is a free, flexible learning programme. It is designed for nurses and AHPs who have recently specialised in cancer, or work in a different field. The programme attracts 26 CPD points.

Lindsay, a Macmillan Colorectal CNS, was one of the first professionals to complete the programme. She says 'As both a delegate and Mentor, I found the Macmillan Explore programme informative and beneficial to my CNS role. It’s great for those looking to improve their knowledge around caring for cancer patients, developing oneself into a CNS role or just improving knowledge around services and signposting within your local area'.

Register for the learning programme >

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Help us make a difference

We know how hard healthcare professionals work every day to help people living with cancer live life as fully as possible. Yet pressures such as staff shortages, or a lack of resources for training, make it difficult to deliver the care and support you want.

On 11 September, Macmillan nurses will be in Parliament to share their stories and explain why change must happen. Sometimes, facts and figures are not enough and people need to hear what is really happening.

You can support the campaign for change by sharing your experience with our Campaigns team. Help us speak out – our voices are more powerful together.

Email us to share your experiences >

Cakes and snacks for World's Biggest Coffee Morning.

Let’s raise some dough

Coffee Morning comes in different shapes, sizes and slices. And this year, every penny raised helps Macmillan be right there for people living with cancer. So say ‘I brew’, and sign up for your free fundraising kit today.

If you can’t host an event this year, there are still plenty of ways to get involved. You can use our online map to search for a Coffee Morning near you. Simply enter your postcode and search – it’s a piece of cake.

Find a Coffee Morning near you >

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Macmillan Volunteer Awards

Nominations for the 2020 Macmillan Volunteer Awards are now open.

Nominating a special volunteer, or a group of volunteers, for an award is a great way to recognise all the time and energy they dedicate to Macmillan. And who better to tell us all about how amazing our volunteers are than you?

This year, there are nine special recognition awards and a long service award, with opportunities for nominees to win at both regional and national levels.

Nominations close on 31 October, so don’t miss your chance to help us say thank you.

Start your nomination today >

Dr Anne Johnson, Macmillan Consultant Occupational Therapist.

Mac Voice Autumn edition

Have you received the latest copy of Mac Voice? In this issue, we meet Macmillan Consultant Occupational Therapist, Dr Anne Johnson, at the Bath Centre for Fatigue Services. She explains how the service empowers people with cancer-related fatigue to take back control of their lives.

Also in this issue, you can find out about the inspirational winners at the Macmillan Volunteer Awards 2019. We also focus on the role of technology in cancer care, including a new app for physiotherapy exercises after breast surgery.

In our magazine supplement, Sharing good practice, we examine the experiences of people with cancer who have a mental health condition and highlight best practice examples of psychological cancer care. You can also read past issues or contact our editor to suggest ideas for future articles.

Read the Autumn issue >

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Learning and development courses

Our 2019 National Learning and Development programme for Macmillan professionals is now live. We have many courses in the UK to support you in your role.

To find out what's available, please visit LearnZone. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis, so please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Coming up

Introduction to coaching (foundation level)

This practical workshop is designed to introduce you to some of the principles of coaching and offer tools to support you in self-management conversations with the cancer patients you work with. It is relevant to the wider cancer workforce and volunteers.

This workshop will:

  • enable you to consider what coaching is (and isn’t)
  • support your understanding and practice of some of the underlying skills of coaching
  • introduce you to using some coaching tools and models
  • enable you to see and experience coaching in action
  • invite you to reflect on how you might use some of the basic skills of coaching.

Location: Nottingham
Date and time: Wednesday 9 October 9.30am - 4.30pm

There plenty more courses to choose from ranging from Advance Care Planning to Cancer in the workplace.

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

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Help us to develop our products and services

Our professional review panel helps to shape Macmillan’s work – from input into policy reports, helping improve guidance for professionals and improving information for people with cancer. 

We’ll email you every month or so to ask for your opinions. There’s no obligation to take part; the panel is flexible, so you can choose which reviews you’re interested in.

We really value your thoughts and feedback – if you’re interested in joining, please sign up here.

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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.

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