Learning and development

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update

Following government guidance, Macmillan is postponing all planned professional development courses and workshops for people with cancer until at least June 2020, at which point we will review whether and when we are able to continue.

As a charity dedicated to supporting people affected by cancer and the professional workforce who support them, we take seriously our responsibility to health and social care professionals and their patients and our priority is to support them and the NHS in these extraordinary circumstances.


To help equip you to meet the needs and demands of your role, we’ve designed a learning and development framework that divides our courses into six specific themes:

  • Wellbeing and emotional resilience
  • Leadership and change
  • Living with the impact of cancer
  • The changing cancer environment
  • Palliative and end of life care
  • We are Macmillan

We offer face-to-face courses and a variety of e-learning, as well as conferences for all Macmillan professionals.

To find out more about the free learning and development offer for Macmillan professionals, download our 2020 Spring/Summer Learning and Development prospectus or visit LearnZone.


Every Macmillan professional can apply for two individual grants within a calendar year. These can be used to fund learning and development courses, attend conferences or study for a Master’s degree.

A group or team of professionals can apply for a grant to purchase or develop bespoke training. Only one member of the team needs to be a Macmillan professional.

To submit an application, visit Learn Zone.

Courses for people affected by cancer

We offer a wide range of face-to-face courses for people affected by cancer, including:

  • Supported self-management – helping people to develop skills such as relaxation techniques to improve their quality of life
  • Supporting others – helping people to develop skills such as listening and responding techniques so they can support others affected by cancer
  • User involvement – showing people how they can use their cancer experience to improve cancer services on a local and national scale.