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January is Free Wills Month

This January, Macmillan is providing people with the opportunity to write a free will. 95% of the UK adult population does not have an up-to-date will. By having one, they can make sure their family, friends and the causes they care about, receive what they want to give them.

Please let the people you support, and your colleagues, know that this service is available. There’s no obligation to leave Macmillan a gift, but Gifts in Wills make up over 1/3 of Macmillan’s income and will help to fund our services for generations to come.

The closing date for registration is 31 January 2019 and wills must be completed by 30 April 2019.

To find out more, call 0800 804 8498 or visit

Nursing Times Awards 2018 winners

The Nursing Times Awards took place in October 2018.

We're delighted to announce that Helen Harris and Julie Wood, from the Macmillan specialist palliative care team at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, won an award in the 'Managing long-term conditions' category.

Congratulations to all who were shortlisted and the winners.

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The National Cancer Diagnosis Audit

Have you ever wondered how cancers are diagnosed at a GP practice? The National Cancer Diagnosis Audit (NCDA), a partnership project supported by Macmillan, Cancer Research UK, Public Health England, NHS England and the RCGP, collects data on pathways to cancer diagnosis through primary care.

The audit helps GP practices evidence good practice and identify diagnostic challenges for targeted quality improvement. The NCDA enters its second round this year, and registration for practices in England opens in February 2019, with Scotland and Wales following later in the year.

For more information about the National Cancer Diagnosis Audit, please visit Cancer Research UK.

Macmillan Professionals communications survey

If you missed it last month, there’s still time to take part in our communications survey – and enter our prize draw to win a £50 M&S voucher or Boots No.7 gift hamper.

We want to know what you think about the way we communicate with Macmillan Professionals. Please tell us what you like and don’t like about Mac Voice magazine, or our e-newsletters Mac Mail and Inside Information.

We really value your opinions – so please complete our survey to help us shape and develop our communications to better support you in your role.

Please note, this survey closes at the end of February 2019.

New and updated resources

New easy read booklets

We have recently added lung cancer, the first site-specific cancer, to our range of 58 easy read booklets.

Our popular easy read booklets use simple words and pictures and are useful for anyone who finds it hard to read.

People with a learning disability review the first draft of all the booklets. This process – led by CHANGE, a leading learning disability organisation – helps us to focus on the most important issues and express ourselves clearly.

We also have two new easy read booklets on finance:

If you work with people who may benefit from the easy read format, you can order our booklets free of charge. Find out more at

We’ll be launching more site-specific easy read booklets in 2019, so please look out for them.

New translations fact sheets

This year, we’ve launched two new fact sheets about claiming benefits and help with costs when you have cancer. These fact sheets join our broad range of translations in 11 languages: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Urdu and Welsh. See the full range at

You can also find translations on our online publications directory. This includes all cancer information in other languages produced in the UK. Simply enter the language you need in the search box.

If you have any questions or feedback about our translations, please contact us.

Areas of interest

Macmillan Policy Update – keeping you informed of our policy work

Download the January 2019 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.

Contact your regional teams

Information about getting in touch with regional support teams in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales is available on our website.

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 living with cancer.