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Macmillan Professionals Conference 2017

Championing Care. Shaping the Future. Inspiring you.

‘I felt appreciated and inspired; I met people I plan to contact now and share some ideas for improving practice.’ 2016 delegate

We are delighted to announce that registration for this year’s Macmillan Professionals Conference and Excellence Awards has opened for professionals. The event takes place at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow Airport from Wednesday 15 to Friday 17 November.

The conference has been specifically designed with a group of Macmillan professionals to make the content more relevant and more impactful for delegates, by addressing topics that matter most.

We’ll also celebrate their remarkable achievements at the annual Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards, on the evening of Thursday 16 November.

Staff places for exhibitors and workshop contributors have been allocated, so please check your e-mails if you are involved in this year’s Conference.

Coming soon – New report on workforce challenges

We will be publishing a new report: ‘From the Frontline: Workforce Pressures in the NHS’ this month. Based partly on surveys of Macmillan professionals and Macmillan GPs, the report highlights the impact of pressures on staff and patients. We aim to use the report to influence governments and NHS bodies across the UK to take a strategic, long-term approach to workforce challenges. Thank you to everyone who shared their views and experiences.

The report will be available from Thursday 7 September.

Access multi-specialist advice for patients with ongoing symptoms after treatment (vMDT)

Around 625,000 people experience long term consequences following cancer treatment, and as you know these ongoing symptoms can be complex and debilitating, with a significant impact on day to day quality of life.

Macmillan, in partnership with The Christie, have developed the Macmillan virtual Multi-Disciplinary Team (vMDT); an online network which provides cancer professionals with access to a range of expert opinion from across the UK, regardless of where they are based or what support is available locally.

The vMDT now accepts referrals for patients who have had any treatment for any cancer, however long ago active treatment ended, as long as they are at least 6 months post-diagnosis.

Assessment of the cancer workforce in England and Wales

In response to key policy drivers in England and Wales that offer Macmillan workforce influencing opportunities, we're about to commission new research to assess the current size, location and composition of the cancer workforce in England and Wales. This new insight is vital if Macmillan and partner organisations are to assess any changes in the cancer workforce since the last CNS Census in 2014 that might help to inform future workforce planning.

The research will take place on Monday 9 October, and will include adult cancer and palliative care nurses, healthcare assistants, and allied health professionals, with work planned for the community and hospice based palliative care cancer workforce at a later date.

Lead cancer nurses based in the NHS will be asked to complete information on behalf of their teams with allied health professionals surveyed individually.

We hope you agree this is an important piece of work and will be keen to participate if asked.

Shaping your digital experience – thank you

Thanks to all of you who took part in the recent survey about your digital experience of Macmillan. We’re analysing the responses now and will use your insight to inform our plans. The winner of the prize draw was Sarah Gorton, who will receive a Boots hamper.

Thanks also to the members of the Macmillan professionals review panel who took part in more in-depth interviews and surveys on the same subject. The winner of that prize draw, who will receive a voucher from M&S, was Natalie Potter.

Congratulations Sarah and Natalie, and thanks to our partners who provided the prizes.

To join the Macmillan professionals review panel, email Denise Etherington.

Learning and development

Upcoming courses

              27 September, Dunsilly, Antrim

               27 September, Edinburgh

               2 October, Bristol

               3 October, Dunsilly, Antrim

               10 October, Exeter

               10 October, London

               11–12 October, Dunsilly, Antrim

Places are allocated on a first come first served basis. To avoid disappointment, please book well in advance. Visit

Get involved

Working at Christmas – media survey

This December, Macmillan’s media team want to highlight the dedication and hard work that Macmillan professionals continue to provide over the festive period. We are keen to hear how you have helped people with cancer in the past at Christmas, as well as what you are expecting to do this year.

Your answers to this online survey, which should take no more than 10 minutes to complete, may be used anonymously in media work. We’d also very much like to contact those who have helped people with cancer in remarkable ways for further information.

World’s Biggest Coffee Morning – Friday 29 September

Don’t forget that World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is on Friday 29 September.

There is still time to host your own coffee morning. If you, your colleagues or the people you support would like to host an event, you can sign-up and order your free fundraising kit. Or you could meet the people in your local community by attending a Coffee Morning near you. To find your nearest event, search by town or postcode on our website.

New and updated resources

Your support and follow up care – order the new booklet

As you know, cancer can affect many areas of a person’s life, from physical and emotional health to financial concerns.

This booklet is about how people can take an active role in their care during, and after, cancer treatment. It looks at some of the support they can ask for after a cancer diagnosis, what options may be available to them as part of the Recovery Package, and additional ways that they can look after themselves.

Order or download free copies and let your colleagues know that this resource is now available.

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.