Mac Mail

The monthly newsletter for Macmillan professionals.

We hope you enjoy this month's 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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Macmillan Professionals Conference

Applications for the flagship Macmillan Professionals Conference, which will be held from 7-8 November, will open to all Macmillan professionals in September.

This year, instead of being first come first served, there will be an application process for places to ensure everyone has a chance to attend. Applicants will also have the opportunity to submit a poster abstract. If your application for a place at the conference is successful, your poster abstract will be reviewed for a spot in the poster space at the conference.

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to showcase best practice to fellow attendees in the UK. Don’t miss your chance to attend – keep an eye on your inbox for future updates.

Sign up to the conference >

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Research Grants Scheme

We have announced the Funding Awards from the second round of the Macmillan Research Grants Scheme, an open competition grant funding scheme for UK-based researchers.

The scheme invests in research to help us understand the number of people affected by cancer and their needs and experiences – so we can help everyone with cancer to live life as fully as they can. We are pleased to share this year's funded projects with you.

Find out about our funded projects >

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Learning grants update

We are reviewing our learning and development offer to make sure we provide the right services, meet our strategic priorities and support your development.

We are currently working on new programmes, which will be announced in the coming months. To achieve this, we have decided to suspend our coaching programme and access to group grants after the July round closes. We will review these programmes in the coming months, and advise you of the outcome this autumn.

Find out more on the grants programme >

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Your be.Macmillan account

The be.Macmillan website allows you to create your own business cards, make promotional posters or flyers, use our Macmillan Headline Maker and order cancer information and Macmillan branded merchandise. 

It’s easy to create your own account. When asked what your relationship is to Macmillan, simply select the ‘Macmillan professional’ option. You’ll gain instant access to create and order what you need.

We’ve recently updated our online Help section to help you get set up. It will answer some frequently asked questions about Macmillan professional registrations, please take a look on our FAQs page. We really hope you enjoy using be.Macmillan.

Browse be.Macmillan >

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Top tips to support patients at work

Not everyone living with cancer will be able, or want to, work but 87% of people employed when diagnosed say continuing to work is important. For many, work helps with a sense of normality, positivity and self-esteem.

Our new resource, 10 top tips for supporting patients with work, helps you to have conversations with patients about work and cancer. It also signposts to further support, such as Macmillan’s Work Support Service.

The Work Support Service provides information and guidance on talking to employers, negotiating adjustments at work, sick pay and taking time off after a cancer diagnosis. It can also refer people with more complex needs to one-off legal advice. It is available Monday-Friday, 8am – 6pm on 0808 808 0000.

Find out more about rights at work >

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Macmillan's online community

The Online Community is there for anyone affected by cancer looking for real life experiences and peer to peer support from others that truly understand.

The Community is available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year and is kept safe by a team of moderators and volunteers. There are over 70 groups, covering a wide range of cancer experiences. There are cancer specific groups, treatment groups and non-cancer groups where members express themselves through arts, music, exercise and much more.  

Please signpost your patients to the Online Community if they are looking for peer support. They can share their experiences with others, ask questions or vent their emotions.

Visit our Online Community >

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Translated cancer resources

We have a handy guide which lists cancer resources that have been translated into other languages. It also includes resources in English, which have been written specifically for people from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities.

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

You can also have a look on our resources page for other languages and formats of communication for patients.

Download the guide >

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Learning and development courses

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

CBT for palliative care 
10 and 11 September, Antrim

Cancer and dementia
25 September, Llandrindod Wells

Developing and implementing service improvement projects
25 September, Media Resource Centre, Llandrindod Wells

CBT for palliative care
29 and 30 October, Clayton Hotel, Cardiff

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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