Engagement and co-design

Macmillan has expertise in engaging and involving people affected by cancer, carers and health and social care professionals to develop and improve services and drive change. We work in partnership across networks to support service improvement and transformation.

Bespoke local support

Macmillan Involvement Coordinators (MICs) work locally and regionally and support a person-centred approach to our work. They specialise in involving people affected by cancer and in engaging with different communities to improve cancer services, to deliver improved outcomes and experiences of care. Many MICs work closely with local cancer support groups. Our local service teams have well-established local networks of professionals, cancer voices and cancer support groups.

In Scotland, the Scottish Involvement Group (SIG) was established in 2014 to gather and channel the views of people affected by cancer, ensuring these influence service and policy development in Scotland. The group comprises volunteers from across all parts of Scotland, with experience in supporting or advocating for people affected by cancer. Scotland’s Macmillan Involvement Co-ordinators support the SIG.

Email us if you are interested in meeting your local team.

Network of cancer voices

Macmillan supports a network of Cancer Voices. Through this network you can advertise opportunities for people affected by cancer to get involved in your local service planning and design and any other local projects.

Reducing inequalities in cancer care

Macmillan helps to identify how cancer care and support can be made more relevant to the needs of a greater diversity of people. Our inclusion projects help shape a system where everyone living with and beyond cancer has equal access to the best-quality cancer care services. Read about our projects to tackle cancer inequalities.

Featured articles

Atlas of Variation - Cancer patient experience

The Macmillan Atlas of Variation in Patient Experience [PDF] identifies variation between NHS commissioners across a range of thematic areas in England. Our research shows some groups of people are more likely to have a poor experience of cancer care, including younger people and those from ethnic minorities. Experiences can also vary by the type of cancer a patient has and where they are treated.


Schwarz Rounds

Macmillan, working in partnership with the Point of Care Foundation, has established a programme of Schwartz Rounds at 24 health and social care sites across the UK. This forum for clinical and non-clinical staff from all backgrounds and levels of an organisation enables them to come together and explore the impact that their job has on their feelings and emotions. The focus is on staff health and well-being and improving staff experience.


Values Based Standard – Improving patient and staff experience

Macmillan’s Value Based Standard [PDF] is an innovative framework and methodology for improving patient and staff experience in cancer care services. The Standard is a co-produced approach, led by staff, patients and carers and with a focus on what matters to patients.


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