Practical tools for healthcare professionals

Macmillan produces a number of tools which you may find useful in your role. Many of them can be downloaded directly from Learn Zone or be.Macmillan.

Cancer rehabilitation pathways

The Macmillan cancer rehabilitation pathways [PDF] document illustrates the role of Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) in cancer rehabilitation for people living with and beyond cancer.

The pathways are a guide to the types of rehabilitation interventions that patients may need at different stages of their treatment. They support the recommendations laid down by the Cancer Taskforce in Achieving world class cancer outcomes: A strategy for England 2015–2020.

The pathways are aimed at professionals working with adults affected by cancer and have been designed by:

  • AHPs
  • other healthcare professionals in cancer and palliative care
  • provider and commissioning organisations.

Download the Macmillan cancer rehabilitation pathways [PDF]


Cancer rehabilitation pathways – service improvement tools

We have funded and developed service improvement tools for cancer rehabilitation, working with Transforming Cancer Services Team (part of Healthy London Partnership).

Both tools were developed through extensive stakeholder engagement, with the service users' voices at the heart of the work. The tools are designed to be used alongside each other, and together, to outline a clear framework for effective cancer rehabilitation.

The tools, which are being evaluated extensively, were piloted in London and can be used to support service improvement activities, raise the profile of cancer rehabilitation and engage with commissioners.

The Service improvement tools for cancer rehabilitation report [PDF] explains how the tools were developed and piloted. It also highlights the key benefits of the tools for service providers, patients and service users and commissioners.


Tools for service providers

The Cancer rehabilitation service improvement tool: Service provider version [PDF] is designed to be completed by providers of cancer rehabilitation services, to help evaluate the care they provide. We recommend using the form in a team setting. It should take no longer than 30 minutes to complete. Once completed, an action plan should be generated. We recommend using the tool every 3-6 months to review progress and celebrate successes. Full details of how to use the form are included in the tool.


Tools for your service users

The Cancer rehabilitation service improvement tool: Service user version [PDF] is designed to be completed by users of cancer rehabilitation services and should be used alongside the provider tool. We recommend the tool is given to a selection of patients (to be decided locally) and feedback then compiled and discussed by the team.


Feedback

We've created an online survey and a printable evaluation form [PDF] to capture your thoughts and feedback on our service improvement tools. We would be grateful if you could evaluate the tools after each use, and we will use your comments to improvement and refine the tools.

Download the Cancer rehabilitation service improvement tool: Evaluation form [PDF]


Competence Framework for Nurses

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Learn about the CCaT Competence Framework

Learn about the CCaT Competence Framework


Macmillan Allied Health Professions Competence Framework

The Macmillan Allied Health Professions Competence Framework [PDF] is the first competence framework for UK allied health professionals (AHPs) working with people affected by cancer.

The framework is designed to support managers, teams and individuals by identifying competences that apply to the majority of AHPs working with people affected by cancer. It will assist individuals and organisations to use competence to support recruitment, workforce planning and development, career progression and role design.

We’ve also developed a table [PDF] to help AHPs to:

  • Highlight the competences they wish to focus on
  • Record how these link to appraisals/personal development reviews
  • Describe evidence to demonstrate achievement of the competences chosen
  • Record how the activities link to the Health and Care Professions CPD standards 4 and 5.

Download the Macmillan Allied Health Professionals Competence Framework [PDF]

Download the framework table [PDF]


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Supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people with cancer

While lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people report many good experiences of care, there are some areas that still need attention. These case examples of practice are intended to support professionals to personalise care for LGBT people with cancer. The guidance aims to give practical advice where cancer professionals may feel unsure or embarrassed about what to say without fear of causing offence. Download the guidance [PDF].


Let's talk about it: Improving information and support for people affected by cancer

This report contains ideas to improve information and support for people affected by cancer including better information, more local services and improved communication. We want people living with and beyond cancer to have better access to personalised information and support, variations in provision to be tackled, and shared decision-making to become a reality. Download the report [PDF].


Tom's Gift

If you’re involved in caring for a child under 16 who is undergoing or requires cancer treatment, you could bring them a moment of joy with Tom’s Gift. Fill out the application form with the child’s parent or carer, send it in and the child will receive a special package in the post – including a £30 gift voucher for them to spend on whatever makes them smile. 


7 steps to equal healthcare

Matt, diagnosed with autism, sitting on a hospital bed with his mother.

Matt's story

Hospitals can be difficult places for autistic people – find out how we're helping.

Matt's story

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