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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 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

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.

Learning and development

Upcoming courses 

Skin Cancer in Scotland (study day) Limited spaces available

  • 18 June Edinburgh

Developing personal impact

  • 2 July Exeter

Loss, grief and bereavement

  • 3 July Ipswich
  • 4 July Stevenage

Advanced communication skills

  • 4 - 5 July Cardiff

Influencing and negotiation skills

  • 10 July Aylesbury

Understanding the Recovery Package

  • 10 July Birmingham

Emotional wellbeing

  • 10 July Chelmsford
  • 17 July Bristol

Managing volunteers

  • 18 July Guilford

Leadership skills

  • 18 July Bristol

Places are allocated on a first come first served basis. Please book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Get involved

This June, help carers get the support they need

We’re supporting Carers’ Week (11-17 June) to recognise the contribution made by the 1.4 million people in the UK supporting a loved one with cancer.

Help identify and signpost cancer carers to the support they need. Guidance is available to support you which can be ordered from be.Macmillan and there is also an e-learning module for healthcare professionals. Both contain tips on identifying carers, overcoming barriers and where to direct carers for support.

Events for carers are taking place across Carers’ Week. To find events in your area, please visit the Carers’ Week website.

National Men’s Health Week: 11-17 June

This National Men’s Health Week (11-17 June) make sure you stock up on enough information to support men who may have questions about cancer.

On be.Macmillan you’ll find a range of free resources and booklets that you can download. Titles include Are you worried about prostate cancer? and Having tests for prostate cancer. You can also create bespoke posters to put up in your service to encourage men to seek support and promote local men’s health activities.

New and updated resources

New branded merchandise at the Macmillan Shop

The new Daily Essentials range is now live on the online shop.

Stay hydrated with the stainless steel water bottle and reusable coffee cup, whilst helping the environment. Take note of all your reminders using the pen and notebook, all of which can be carried in the green tote bag.

The Macmillan Shop is offering Macmillan professionals free post and packaging (worth £3.95) by using code BRAND3 at the checkout.

New easy read booklets for Learning Disability Awareness Week

18–24 June is Learning Disability Awareness Week. This year’s theme is about helping people with a learning disability get better healthcare.

We’ve launched four new easy read booklets:

  • Talking about cancer
  • How Macmillan Cancer Support can help you
  • 7 steps to equal healthcare (produced with Enable Scotland)
  • Things that are important to me (produced with Enable Scotland)

Easy read uses simple words and images. Although it is written for people with learning disabilities, we know that many other people use it too. Please share these booklets with anyone you support who may find them helpful.

You can download PDFs at If you have any questions, please e-mail our cancer information team.

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.