Rolling out our updated brand
Working in health care, you’ll know the impact a cancer diagnosis can have. People can be anxious, afraid and often don’t know where to turn. With the increasing number of people living with cancer, it’s more important than ever that Macmillan is there to help people live life as fully as they can.
Over the next few months, we’re making some changes to help make sure more people with cancer feel we’re relevant to them and understand the support we offer.
You may have already noticed some changes to the way we look, as we update our logo and refresh our website and be.Macmillan. We’ll also be updating our campaigns, merchandise, information booklets, cancer environments and training material on Learn Zone.
But our brand is more than our logo – it’s our reputation; who we are, what people expect from us and, the experiences they have of Macmillan. We want everyone to know that we are there from diagnosis and beyond - to guide them through treatment and provide help and support on different aspects of life including health, money, work and family.
There will be a gradual transition to our updated brand throughout 2018 and into 2019, when we’ll be launching a new advertising campaign. Look out for more information in the coming months.
Information about the new NHS national data opt-out
On Friday 25 May, NHS Digital launched a new national data-opt out. It enables patients to make an informed choice about whether their identifiable health and care information is used for reasons other than their individual care and treatment, for example for research and planning.
The new system enables patients and the public to set their national data opt-out choice themselves online, by visiting www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters or by calling 0300 330 9412.
Although it’s unlikely you’ll be actively involved in your patients’ opt-out yourselves, we want to make you aware of the new system so that you can advise patients and direct them towards further information if required.
At Macmillan we support the better use and sharing of data. If the right safeguards are in place and if people are supported, they can make an informed choice about sharing their data.
Support for patients with questions about working with cancer
Joanne was diagnosed with mucinous breast cancer in 2017. She visited her local Macmillan service in Northern Ireland to talk through her work and cancer questions at a Work Support Conversation with an Information & Support Manager.
“I found the service really useful, as it let me talk to someone outside my usual contacts about work. I definitely would recommend it – so much of our identity and sense of worth comes from our jobs.”
The Work Support Conversation service is only available in Northern Ireland, however across the UK your patients can still receive additional support for work and cancer at their local Macmillan Information and Support Service and online at macmillan.org.uk/rightsatwork.
Physical Activity for people with Metastatic Bone Disease: Guidance
Recently we launched the Physical Activity for people with Metastatic Bone Disease: Guidance for healthcare professionals. It aims to give clear information on the types and amounts of physical activity that can safely be recommended to patients with metastatic bone disease.
Establishing general principles and addressing specific patients groups, the document can be used with existing guidance, including the Recovery Package. The guidance has been designed for anyone who has contact with people living with cancer.
Mac Voice Summer edition
Have you received the latest copy of Mac Voice?
Inside, we meet Melanie Thomas, National Clinical Lead for Lymphoedema in Wales and find out more about how Macmillan professionals are sharing their knowledge abroad. This issue of Sharing Good Practice focuses on the role of support workers in cancer care.
You can also view and download issues from the past two years of Mac Voice online.
If you’d like to update your contact details or if you haven’t received the latest copy, please send us an email.