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Opening soon: The Macmillan Professionals Conference and Excellence Awards

The Macmillan Professionals Conference is a chance to take time away to focus on your own wellbeing and learning.

There will be opportunities to network with colleagues from across the UK, hear about Macmillan’s new strategy, and gain new skills and useful resources to help you in your role.

If you’ve never attended before or if you’re new to Macmillan, there will also be a pre-conference networking session for you to get to know others.

The glittering Professionals Excellence Awards Ceremony offers inspiring examples of best practice, complete with a surprise celebrity guest.

The event takes place from 7-9 November 2018 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, and registration details will be announced in a future edition of Mac Mail.

Further information is also available on the website.


World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is back

Celebrating its 28th year, Coffee Morning has become Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event – raising £27.6 million in 2017 thanks to our dedicated hosts. 

This September, we’re coming together again to raise money to help everyone with cancer live life as fully as they can. 

Coffee Morning events are being held across the UK – if you’d like to attend a local event to raise awareness about your service and meet your community, please visit the Coffee Morning website to find your nearest event.


Macmillan professionals’ success at the RCNi Awards

Macmillan is proud to sponsor the RCNi Awards and would like to congratulate all the winners and those shortlisted.

We’re delighted to announce that Macmillan professional Gillian Knowles and the Metastatic Cancer of Unknown Origin Team at NHS Lothian won the Cancer Nursing Award. Read about their award-winning work.


Macmillan Free Wills Month

This August, Macmillan is running its second Free Wills Month which provides people with the opportunity to write their will for free.

To make use of this offer, simply sign up for a free will on our website during the month of August. Your will can be written in branch, at home, online, via post or via telephone. 

There’s no obligation to leave Macmillan a gift, and every gift we do receive helps to fund Macmillan’s services for generations to come.

You can also help us to spread the word this August, by letting colleagues and the people you support know about our free will service.


Learning and development

Upcoming courses 

Here are some of the courses coming up in the next few months.

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


Leadership skills

6 September, Stirling

9 October, Wrexham

We are Macmillan

7, 8 September and 17 October, Ect Venues, Victoria (London)

We are Macmillan

18 October, The Oriel Hotel, St Asaph (North Wales)

What we should know about head and neck cancer

11 September, Royal Marsden School

Developing resilience to burnout

11 September, Chelmsford

Collecting and analysing data

13 September, Clayton Hotel, Cardiff

Loss, grief and bereavement

25 September, Maidstone

11 October, Chelmsford

Mindfulness (two day course)

25-26 September, Bristol

4-5 October, Loughborough

9-10 October, Clayton Hotel, Cardiff

Introduction to evaluation

27 September, Edinburgh

Understanding the Recovery Package

28 September, Ipswich

19 October, Stevenage


Get involved

ERAS UK conference

Macmillan has partnered with the UK Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Society (ERAS) to deliver a conference focused on prehabilitation in oncology.

The conference will feature talks on prehabilitation and optimising treatment for oncology patients, pre and during recovery. It is open to all healthcare professionals with an interest in learning more about this area. Macmillan professionals will receive a 20% discount on the registration fee.

The event will be held on Friday 16 November at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Heathrow from 8.45am-5pm. Further information, including registration details and how to submit an abstract, is available on the ERAS website.


New and updated resources

Gardens and Health Week 2018

18-24 August is the National Garden Scheme’s Gardens and Health Week.

The benefits of being active following a cancer diagnosis are widely documented. Even light physical activity, such as gardening, can have positive effects such as reducing fatigue, strengthening muscles and joints and reducing anxiety and depression.

We have been in partnership with the National Garden Scheme, who invite garden owners to open their gardens across England and Wales for charity, since 1984. This Gardens and Health Week, the National Garden Scheme is raising awareness of the positive impact of gardening and garden visits on mental wellbeing.

Encourage your patients to go along, get outside and get inspired to start gardening or to find an open garden near them.

To explore the benefits of gardening during and after cancer treatment, order or download a copy of Gardening as a way to keep active.


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.


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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.