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Winners of the 2017 Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards announced

Last Thursday evening, the winners of the Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards were announced in front of 350 Macmillan professionals. 12 awards were presented to four exceptional individuals and seven outstanding teams. One distinguished individual was also honoured with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.

The night was hosted by world-cup winning former rugby union player and Dancing on Ice Champion Kyran Bracken. You can read about all the finalists and winners, and watch videos by their colleagues and people they supported, by visiting the website.

The annual awards ceremony allows Macmillan to recognise and celebrate your outstanding achievements, and you to nominate colleagues and share best practice. Congratulations to all this year’s winners.

Remember to nominate your colleagues for the 2018 Excellence Awards. Nominations open on Friday 2 February 2018.

Banking on change

Banks don’t currently have a legal duty of care to their customers. This means people with cancer don’t know what reaction they might get if they tell their bank about their diagnosis. As such, most people don’t tell their bank, and don’t get the support they need.

A legal duty of care would give customers with cancer the confidence to seek help from their bank, knowing they’ll get tailored support. It would also give banks guidance on what support to provide, and help ensure consistency.

Miranda Benney, Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist, has written an open letter to UK Finance calling for banks to have a legal duty of care to their customers. Add your signature.

You can also email your MP and ask them to support the campaign when the Financial Guidance and Claims Bill is debated in the House of Commons.

Turnover a new leaf and encourage people to get active

We’re working with our partner the National Garden Scheme to inspire people living with cancer to turnover a new leaf this winter and become more active through gardening.

Our webpage contains top tips with how to get started, the benefits of physical activity and information about Sal, who is affected by cancer. Encouraging people to become more active can be difficult, especially with limited time and a number of priorities to discuss, but we would appreciate your help in spreading the word.

'It’s hard to be jolly at Christmas when your son is very ill.’

Angus and Corisande’s son, Tom, was diagnosed with a medulloblastoma brain tumour in the summer of 2009, aged five. By Christmas he was in a radiotherapy routine. The treatment took its toll and Tom lost his hair, his appetite, and his energy – watching him become so poorly was heart breaking for his parents.

But as Christmas approached Tom wouldn’t allow treatment to get in the way of his excitement. Tom and his sisters delighted in picking up presents by the tree and imagining what was inside them; and it was Tom’s love of presents that inspired Angus and Corisande to work with Macmillan to set up Tom’s Gift in his memory.

Tom’s Gift is a free, mystery present and a £30 Debenhams gift voucher for children aged 0–16 living with cancer to spend in-store or online, on anything they would like.

To apply on behalf of a child you support, or to find out more information please visit the website.

Helping with the visible effects of cancer

Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisors are specially trained by both Macmillan and Boots to help people get the most out of life with cancer. They provide free face-to-face advice on the visible side effects of some cancer treatments. Available in selected Boots stores across the UK, they’re able to advise on issues such as dry or sensitive skin, brittle nails, or the loss of eyebrows and eyelashes.

Please tell the people you support about where they can find their nearest Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisor using our referral cards which are available to order on be.Macmillan.

New blog: commissioning the Recovery Package

Emma, a Macmillan Living Well With and Beyond Cancer Project Manager working at Bristol CCG, will be blogging regularly on her experiences of implementing their Living Well with and Beyond Cancer Strategy.

Emma writes, ‘As a way of sharing (and as a form of therapy), I’ll be blogging once a month to reflect on our learning in Bristol and to share ideas, reading suggestions and documents as we develop them. I’m hoping it will be a platform for a conversation for those of us who are trying to get our heads around how we can better deliver support for people to live well with and beyond cancer.’

Learning and development

Upcoming courses

22-23 November, Dunsilly, Antrim

29 November, Dunsilly Hotel Antrim

5 December, Edinburgh

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

Applying for Learning and Development grants – Top Tips

2017 has been the busiest year for Learning and Development grants, with 860 applications submitted between January – August alone.

However, we are declining more applications than last year. We want to help you submit successful applications, so please check out our new Top Tips to help you submit a great application.

Get involved

Help us spread person-centred cancer care in Scotland

On Monday 27 November we’re launching a social media campaign to highlight the importance of person-centred care for people with cancer in Scotland. Since 2013, the Transforming Care After Treatment (TCAT) programme has been funding 25 projects across Scotland, and we want to share their successes and learnings.

We’re also planning social media posts throughout the week, so look out for them using #tcat.

Helping carers to access support

There are over 1.4 million people in the UK caring for a loved one with cancer. However, less than half of them are accessing support.

As many people don’t recognise themselves as carers, they don’t know what rights they have. By identifying them, you can help them access the support they desperately need.

From rights at work to financial support, help cancer carers access support on Carers Rights Day (Friday 24 November) by telling them how Macmillan can help.

Many people living with cancer wouldn’t be able to manage if their carer fell ill with flu. Help cancer carers stay well this winter. Tell them about the free flu vaccination from their GP or pharmacist. It’s another thing that carers are entitled to and many are not aware of.

New and updated resources

Free resources, toolkit and an online forum to help people suffering from consequences of treatment

Cancer treatment is often invasive and can have both short- and long-term consequences, some of which may arise years after treatment was administered. Approximately 625,000 people (25% of people living with cancer) experience long-term consequences following their cancer treatment. This can be debilitating in nature, having a huge impact on a person’s quality of life.

We’ve worked in partnership with specialist health professionals and other organisations to develop practical guidance, toolkits and an online forum to help you support patients who are experiencing consequences of their cancer and its treatment. We have resources for both secondary and primary care professionals and are all available to you for free.

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.