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Last reminder: submit a nomination for Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards 2018

If you know colleagues who are going above and beyond to help people affected by cancer, and who have not yet been nominated for a Macmillan Excellence Award, you have until midnight on Saturday 31 March to complete your nomination.

A nominated team only needs to include one Macmillan professional.

The three categories are:

  • Service Improvement Excellence
  • Innovation Excellence
  • Integration Excellence.

The website has lots of information on how to choose the right category and how to nominate.

The winners will be announced at the Excellence Awards ceremony on Thursday 8 November at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel.

MISS: Taking cancer support to those who need it

The Mobile Information and Support Service (MISS) visits local communities and offers support and information about cancer.

Last year, the service supported over 181,000 people across the UK and is a great way to provide access to hard-to-reach communities. Cancer specialists are on hand to talk to people in confidence and support their emotional, financial and practical needs.

Find out if a bus is visiting your local area and let the people you support know about this free service.

For more information please email the team.

New business cards on be.Macmillan

We've listened to your feedback and changed the way you create Macmillan branded business cards to make the process work better and to provide more choice, such as adding and saving logos, or creating cards in Welsh.

Get started here and follow these steps:

  • Click on the green button ‘Macmillan professionals business cards’
  • Login to your be.Macmillan account
  • Follow the instructions to create your additional business card account.

Then you’ll be able to select your template, add your details and logo, and send for approval.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the new system. Please send us your feedback.

Royal Society of Medicine Conference on Work and Cancer – Wednesday 28 March

Don’t forget that the Royal Society of Medicine Conference on Work and Cancer is this month.

The event takes place on Wednesday 28 March and will consider how best to support people with cancer to remain in work and explore the workplace factors that may be associated with the development of cancer. 

Speakers include Dr Richard Simcock, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, and Professor Jane Maher, Chief Medical Officer, alongside others exploring the role of occupational therapy and the employer and employee perspectives of managing a return to work after cancer.

You can find out more and book your tickets on the website.

Looking ahead: Brand update

We’ve been reviewing our brand to ensure that people with cancer feel Macmillan is relevant to them, and understand the support we offer. This includes defining the unique role Macmillan plays for people living with cancer, and the guidelines we use to create consistently recognisable Macmillan experiences.

The way we look and talk will remain familiar and recognisably Macmillan, but with some changes as we make our brand even stronger.

We’ve thoroughly tested all the changes with people with cancer, Macmillan professionals and healthcare partners and have taken their feedback on board.

Look out for more information in the coming months.

Get involved

Work as a Health Outcome: PHE survey

Public Health England (PHE) is carrying out a survey to understand attitudes, knowledge and practice on health and work amongst healthcare professionals and to understand what you need and want.

This is part of a wider Government vision to help individuals achieve their work and health potential as set out in Improving Lives: the Future of Work, Health and Disability.

Macmillan has resources to support you if have work-related conversations with people living with cancer.

The survey is open access until Sunday 11 March and should take less than 15 minutes to complete.

New and updated resources

Order your free pass holder

If you don’t already have a Macmillan pass holder, order yours today

The passes are double-sided, so can hold both an identity card and door entry pass, and can be used with a standard or retractable lanyard.

They are free of charge for Macmillan professionals. Simply sign in to your be.Macmillan account and search for ‘pass holder’.

March is ovarian and prostate cancer awareness month

Dave was supported by Gill when his wife had ovarian cancer and he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

We have a range of patient resources for both ovarian and prostate cancer this awareness month, covering symptoms, tests and treatments, to help people understand and manage a diagnosis.

Resources are also available for you and your colleagues. For example, the popular ten top tips series, produced by the Macmillan primary care community, offers practical hints, tips and information on a variety of different primary care situations.

Ten top tips resources are available which focus on ovarian cancer and prostate cancer

The full range of top tips can be downloaded from

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.