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Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards 2017: Finalists

After another exceptional round of nominations this year, we are pleased to announce the finalists for the Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards. The categories are:

  • Service Improvement Excellence
  • Innovation Excellence
  • Integration Excellence.

The work of Macmillan professionals really is transforming the lives of people affected by cancer, and these Awards celebrate the outstanding contributions that you are making to cancer services.

The winners will be announced at the Excellence Awards ceremony on Thursday 16 November at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow Hotel. Registration for the Conference and the Awards will open in September.

Men and Cancer: Just say the word and let’s break down walls

We know that many people find it hard to talk about cancer, let alone ask for support. That’s why, from 12-25 June, we’re joining forces with the building and construction community to break down walls and help men open up about cancer.

With their help, we’re raising awareness of cancer and telling people where they can get support. And we’re raising vital funds to help some of the millions of people in the UK affected by cancer today.

To find out more visit

Supporting LGBT people with cancer

The spring edition of Mac Voice featured a series of articles intended to support professionals in personalising care for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people with cancer. The topics covered include the process of ‘coming-out’ to healthcare professionals, increasing awareness of trans issues, and the importance of LGBT patients being able to define who their partners and carers are.

As well as containing links to useful resources, these articles aim to promote a greater understanding of the needs of LGBT patients, and provide practical advice where you may feel unsure or embarrassed about what to say without fear of causing offence.

Tom's Gift

If you support a child under 16 who is undergoing cancer treatment, you could brighten up their day with Tom’s Gift.

Tom’s Gift is a free mystery present and £30 Debenhams gift voucher for the child to spend in-store or online, on anything they would like. The pack also contains information for parents to let them know about other Macmillan support. Created by the Tom Grahame Trust and Macmillan, it’s a small way to celebrate the amazing courage and resilience of children with cancer.

Success for Macmillan professionals at the BMJ and RCNi Awards

We're proud to sponsor the BMJ and RCNi Awards and are delighted to announce that two teams of Macmillan professionals have been recognised for their outstanding work.

At the BMJ Awards, Tania Kalsi, Macmillan Consultant Geriatrician and the GOLD team at Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust won the Cancer Care Team Award for their work in helping older people with cancer and other comorbidities.

At the RCNi Awards, Sharon Foy and the Macmillan Secondary Breast Cancer Nursing Service at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust won the Cancer Nursing Award.

Read about their award-winning work. Congratulations to all the winners and those who were shortlisted.

Helping people talk about cancer at work

If someone has been diagnosed with cancer, it can be difficult for them to know what to say at work. However, talking to their employer about their diagnosis can be the first step towards getting the support they need in the workplace.

Under equalities law employers should try and support staff affected by cancer; this includes putting in place changes, known as reasonable adjustments, to help them stay in or return to work. Macmillan has developed a new step-by-step guide to help talk about cancer at work.

To download the resource, please signpost the people you support to

New clinical trial involving breast cancer survivors

Queen Mary University of London are running a clinical trial to investigate the prevention of late cancer recurrence in breast cancer survivors. Funded by Cancer Research UK (CRUK) and the Australia and New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group (ANZBCTG), the IBIS 3 Feasibility Study is recruiting participants who were diagnosed with breast cancer between 2006 and 2012 and who have received five years of hormone treatment.

If you or your patients would like to find out more about the trial, including what would be required and how to participate, you can read this summary sheet or visit the IBIS 3 trial website.

Learning and development

Upcoming courses

27 June, London

21 July, Bristol

29 June, Dunsilly Hotel, Antrim, Northern Ireland

4-5 July, Peterborough

6 July, Gatwick

14 September, Bristol

13 July, St Asaph

14 July, Bristol (new date added)

18-19 July, Cardiff

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

Supporting carers: a professionals’ toolkit


emptynew toolkit for health and social care professionals who have contact with family members and friends looking after loved ones with cancer, is now available on LearnZone. The toolkit brings together many of the existing carers resources which you may have seen, including the professional guidance, Macmillan Minute and Under Pressure report, to provide a concise overview that can be revisited.

The resource was developed following a survey of professionals last year to identify their existing levels of knowledge on cancer carers, their desired learning and development outcomes and their preferred learning tools.

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.