Frontline first

Every day across the UK, we see how hard NHS and care professionals work to help people living with cancer live life as fully as they can. But there aren’t enough frontline staff, or the resources for training for them to deliver the best care and support for people with cancer. That’s why we’re campaigning for politicians to put the frontline first.

In the UK today, around one in every two people born after 1960 can expect to be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetime.

Improvements in diagnosis and treatment mean that more people are surviving or living longer with cancer. But there is a problem. Our health and care workforce is in crisis, and people affected by cancer cannot get the care and support they need.

Our new report, Voices from the Frontline, finds that there is a severe lack of protected time, funding and locally available training for Cancer Nurse Specialists (CNSs).

These pressures mean that many health and care professionals do not feel valued, or able to deliver the high quality, personalised patient care that they wish to. Over three quarters of respondents said that having more time for training would help them improve care for people living with cancer.

We need the right number of NHS and care professionals with the right skills to ensure people with cancer get the vital care and support they need.

With a possible snap General Election on the horizon, politicians need to know that they have to put the frontline first. Without a fully funded, detailed action plan to address the crisis, people will struggle to get the care and support they need.

Let’s support the NHS and care workforce so that people living with cancer get the world-class care and support they deserve. Let’s put the frontline first.

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England

A huge thank you if you invited your MP to our World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in Parliament. 96% of all MPs in England were contacted and a whopping 115 said they'd come.

Unfortunately, given the decision to adjourn Parliament, we've had to postpone the event. We've let your MP know.

The need for MPs to hear first-hand about the pressures facing our NHS and care workforce remains urgent.

With a possible snap General Election on the horizon, we need as many campaigners as possible to make sure the voices of people living with cancer are heard.

For this, we need your help.

We'd love it if you can help us grow our movement. You can:

A few minutes of your time can make all the difference.

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Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland, our cancer workforce is struggling. It needs adequate investment in the right places so that our health service can retain, develop and employ enough health care professionals with the right skill mix. This will ensure that as demand continues to increase, people living with cancer receive quality, person-centred care now and in the future. 

The Department of Health should:

  • Identify workforce as an immediate and long-term priority within the transformation agenda –
    • A planned, sustainable approach to workforce provides positive outcomes for patients. Vacancy levels and retention challenges are incurring exceptional costs which better workforce planning and more effectively targeted funding would negate. 
  • Ensure that a costed cancer workforce plan is at the heart of the NI cancer strategy –
    • This should be based on realistic estimates of the workforce numbers required to meet the needs of people living with cancer, clear and supported professional development pathways for cancer workforce, and a person-centred, skill-mix approach to workforce planning. 

We'd love it if you can help us grow our movement. You can:

A few minutes of your time can make all the difference.

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Scotland

Health and social care staff tell us they are overstretched, that the system is not sustainable, that morale is low, and we that have an ageing workforce.

Macmillan believes that the NHS and social care system in Scotland simply does not have enough of a workforce to cope with the growing numbers and needs of people with cancer. We need: 

  • The Government to publish a fully-funded national health and social care workforce plan, including projections based on patient numbers, needs and complexity.
  • A national approach to workforce development and deployment. We need to increase the available capacity to respond to people's needs and deploy differently, adding value to the workforce through volunteering and the third sector.
  • Better data collection and integrated data, with analysis of the social care market and partnership working with the third sector.
  • A fully-funded national approach to accelerate recruitment and retention strategies, including in remote areas.

Macmillan will be asking supporters to contact their MSPs in the Scottish Parliament to help drive forward improvements to the cancer workforce across Scotland – watch this space for future campaign actions.

We'd love it if you can help us grow our movement. You can:

A few minutes of your time can make all the difference.

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Wales

Every day, we see how hard NHS and care professionals in Wales work to help people living with cancer live life as fully as they can.

Yet, right now, our health and care workforce is under pressure. There aren’t enough staff to deliver the best care and support for people with cancer.

If the Welsh Government doesn’t make changes to support the workforce now, people will struggle to get the care and support they need.

Macmillan professionals will be in the Senedd on Wednesday 18 September to raise awareness at our World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. Will you ask your AM to join us, and call on Assembly Members to tackle this crisis?

Ask your AM to start putting things right by joining Macmillan Professionals in the Senedd for World's Biggest Coffee Morning on the 18 September.

 

Bob dydd, rydym yn gweld gwaith caled y GIG a gweithwyr gofal proffesiynol yng Nghymru i helpu pobl sy'n byw gyda chanser i fyw bywydau mor llawn â phosib. 

Er hyn, mae ein gweithlu iechyd a gofal dan bwysau ar hyn o bryd. Does dim digon o staff i gyflwyno'r gofal a chefnogaeth orau i bobl sydd â chanser. 

Os nad yw Llywodraeth Cymru'n gwneud newidiadau i gefnogi'r gweithlu nawr, bydd pobl yn trafferthu i gael y gofal a'r gefnogaeth sydd ei hangen arnynt. 

Bydd gweithwyr proffesiynol Macmillan yn y Senedd ar 18 Medi i godi ymwybyddiaeth yn ein Bore Coffi Mwyaf y Byd. Gofynnir ichi ofyn i'ch AC ymuno â ni a galw ar eich Aelodau Cynulliad i fynd i'r afael â'r argyfwng hwn. 

Gofynnwch i'ch AC ddechrau unioni'r sefyllfa trwy ymuno â gweithwyr proffesiynol Macmillan yn y Senedd ar gyfer Bore Coffi Mwyaf y Byd ar 18 Medi.

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