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Free meal courtesy of Chef and Brewer

To celebrate your around-the-clock hard work, Macmillan’s partner Chef and Brewer is inviting all Macmillan professionals to enjoy a free meal in one of their restaurants from 2–31 January.

You can choose any meal from the mains section of the menu. To find a venue near you visit and print off the voucher to redeem your meal. Full terms and conditions are available at the link.

Working Through Cancer programme wins Business Disability Forum Award

We are thrilled to announce that Macmillan’s Working through Cancer programme won the Business Disability Forum’s Disability Smart Award for Influential Business of the Year 2017.

The programme won the Award for raising the profile of the needs of people with cancer through activities such as promoting awareness of people’s Rights at Work, and helping them talk to and obtain support from their employer via resources such as Finding the Words. The Award also recognised its initiatives to change workplace attitudes, challenge misconceptions, and influence disability-related government policy to help employees affected by cancer. The programme supports employers through Macmillan at Work, equipping them to support staff with cancer through expertise in workplace training, guidance and resources.

Congratulations to everyone involved in this work.

If anyone you support has concerns about talking to their employer or their rights at work, visit the website. Or if you want to find out more about the support we offer professionals to have conversations about work, visit or

Look out for the new-look 2018 resources booklet

You should have received a copy of the 2018 version of the resources booklet in the post recently. Following your feedback, we’ve simplified the format this year, so rather than detail all products, we’ve focused on what’s new and the range of financial resources available. Although it’s not a exhaustive catalogue, it does still include a complete listing in the form of an index. We’ve done this to remind you about the types of resources that are on hand for both you and the people you support.

Changing the format has also allowed us to send out more copies, but please do tell your colleagues about the wealth of free resources available from If you would like to order more copies of the resources booklet, please visit the website.

Macmillan’s Online Community is here to help over Christmas

The Online Community is a secure, moderated website where people can share their experiences of cancer with others. It allows the people you support to get both emotional and practical help from others who are in a similar situation in between their appointments.

People of all ages, with all levels of online experience, use the community to talk about a wide range of topics related to cancer. Moderated by Macmillan staff, it’s a place where everyone supports each other.

The Online Community is available 24 hours a day throughout the festive period - providing extra support for people affected by cancer whenever they need it, to complement the care you provide.

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emptyMacmillan professional winners at the Advancing Healthcare Awards Northern Ireland Awards

Macmillan was proud to sponsor the Leadership and innovation in cancer rehabilitation award category at the 2017 AHA NI Awards, which took place in October. Tharma Ayton, Macmillan clinical lead physiotherapist and Alison Robinson, Macmillan clinical specialist physiotherapist at Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, won for their work in supporting men with prostate cancer to maximise their health and wellbeing. You can read about their award-winning work here.

Alison Craig, Macmillan Specialist OT Palliative Care, Northern Health & Social Care Trust was also shortlisted for the award.

Moving to pastures new?

If you or someone you know will be retiring or changing role soon, go online to find out about the exclusive Macmillan professionals Alumni. With over 200 members, the Alumni is a great opportunity to network and share experiences with other former Macmillan professionals from across the UK. Whether you get involved with improving cancer services locally, talking to businesses and schools about Macmillan’s work, fundraising or attending networking events, the Alumni has something for everyone.

‘I still feel I’ve got an awful lot to give’, says Sarah Cost, a former Macmillan Head and Neck Cancer Nurse Specialist and Alumni member. ‘It means I can still have that involvement with Macmillan. I can help others in the sense that there are so many different opportunities, like mentoring newly qualified staff’.

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'Tis the season to nominate

AHA UK Awards

The Allied Healthcare Awards recognise projects and professionals that lead innovative healthcare practice and make a real difference to patients’ lives. The awards are open to allied health professionals, healthcare scientists and those who work alongside them in support roles. Nominations close on 13 January 2018.

British Medical Journal Awards

Nominations for the British Medical Journal Awards are open until 26 January 2018.

Patient Safety Awards

The Patient Safety Awards aim is to transform the UK’s approach to delivering high quality care. It champions patient safety as the organising principle of a healthcare ecosystem which is truly efficient, effective and able to offer the best experience to patients and carers. Nominations close on 26 January 2018.

RCNi Awards

The annual RCNi Nurse Awards recognise and reward the achievements of nurses within all specialties from across the UK. The nomination deadline is 9 February 2018.

New and updated resources

You can help us reach people experiencing cancer and fatigue

For people with cancer and fatigue, listening to information can be easier than reading it. We have over 60 free audiobooks covering cancer symptoms, cancer types, treatments and living well with cancer.

Encourage your patients to listen online, download or order a CD 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.