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Exclusive preview of the new Life with Cancer adverts

Next week, we’re launching two new TV adverts as part of our Life with Cancer campaign.

Our new adverts “Mum” and “Grandad” will be added to the suite of TV adverts that went live in May last year (Dad, Sisters, Lovers and Mates).

We are very grateful for the help that many of you have given us in developing the advertising. You can exclusively preview our new "Mum" TV advert and "Grandad" on our YouTube channel.

We hope you like them.

Nominations are open for Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards 2018

Do you know a Macmillan professional or team who’s gone above and beyond to help people living cancer?

Make sure you and your colleagues get the recognition you deserve by nominating or encouraging your manager to nominate for a Macmillan Professionals Excellence Award. A nominated team must include at least one Macmillan professional.

Up to four awards will be given in each category:

  • Service Improvement Excellence
  • Innovation Excellence
  • Integration Excellence

Finalists will be invited to a high-profile ceremony on Thursday 8 November and winners will be announced on the night.

The deadline for submissions is midnight on Saturday 31 March – but you’re encouraged to go online now and start your nominations early.

Supporting cancer patients with money worries

‘The financial fall-out from cancer was huge. Macmillan supported me and gave guidance.’

Christine was diagnosed with cancer in 2009. She had to give up work, downsize her home and was refused credit. She received support from Macmillan and was able to get her finances back on track. 

Four in five (83%) people with cancer are on average £570 a month worse off as a result of their diagnosis.

On our webpage, people affected by cancer can read about the financial information and support on offer, from help applying for benefits to help with bills.

Please let the people you support know that they can visit Or you can order our Money Worries leaflet for them.

The National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society (NCS) is committed to making sure people can receive information and help where needed. They hold an Accredited Register, a scheme set up by the Department of Health in 2012, to ensure high standards are maintained across the counselling sector.

If you or your colleagues support someone who may benefit from a registered counsellor, please let them know about this service.To find registered counsellors in the UK, visit the website and enter the relevant postcode.

The NCS also run a number of courses, from online counselling skills to specialist workshops, and are offering a discount to interested Macmillan professionals. To claim, visit and enter ‘macmillan’ in the discount code field.

Coming up in March: Royal Society of Medicine Conference on Work and Cancer

Macmillan is delighted to support the RSM conference on Work and Cancer on Wednesday 28 March. The event, jointly organised by the Occupational Medicine and Oncology sections, will explore the workplace factors that may be associated with the development of cancer and consider how best to support people with cancer at work.

The event will be of interest to occupational health or oncology professionals as well as allied health professionals who wish to know more about supporting patients with cancer at work. 

There is a discounted early bird rate for Macmillan professionals, which runs until Wednesday 28 February.

Learning and development

Get involved

Help develop Macmillan’s products and services

As a member of the professional review panel, you can help to shape Macmillan’s work – from TV adverts to new merchandise, guidance for professionals and information for people with cancer. We’ll email you every month or so to ask for your opinions, usually by completing a short online survey.

There’s no obligation to take part though; the panel is flexible so you can pick and choose which reviews you’re interested in.

We really value your thoughts and feedback so please join the review panel today. Email us to sign up.

Share your experience: RCN digital skills development survey

The RCN is launching a UK-wide consultation of nursing staff focussing on digital skills development. This is an opportunity for nursing staff across all settings to share experiences of working with digital technology, including challenges faced and opportunities to improve how care is delivered.

The results will help the RCN identify what support is needed to ensure that by 2020 every nurse is able to use technology and data to maximum effect for patients.

Nursing staff are invited to take part in an online workshop from Thursday 25 January to Wednesday 14 February. They can also attend one of five face-to-face workshops, which are being held in each UK country throughout February.

The RCN is delivering this consultation in partnership with Anne Cooper, Chief Nurse at NHS Digital and Clever Together, a company specialising in crowdsourcing who will collate all responses.

If you have any questions, please email Ross Scrivener, RCN Knowledge and Resources Manager.

New and updated resources

New Primary Care Update

We are launching an updated version of our quarterly newsletter Primary Care Update, producing more clinical content tailored to the primary care audience.

Working with Macmillan GPs, the newsletter will regularly include clinical articles, case studies, Macmillan resources and topical highlights.

Macmillan GPs will receive the new-look Primary Care Update next week so look out for it in your inbox. Anyone else interested in primary care who would also like to receive it, can sign up here.

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.

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 affected by cancer.