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We understand it's a challenging time for healthcare professionals. That's why we're doing whatever it takes to support you with the latest information, training and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can also access our emotional health and well-being hub to learn about all the ways we're here for you.

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Competency framework for nurses

We have created a competency framework for nurses who support people living with or affected by cancer. It can be used in any adult care setting and alongside other established frameworks to improve care for patients.

The competency framework focuses on:

  • professional skills
  • knowledge
  • behavioural skills
  • experience and qualifications.

The framework also contains benchmarking and self-assessment tools to help you develop in your role.

Quality improvement resources for primary care

We have developed modules to support primary care teams to improve the quality of care they provide to people with cancer. The modules will also enable practices and primary care networks to deliver the requirements of the Primary Care Network Specifications and QoF Quality Improvement Projects (in England).

England

  • Early diagnosis and cancer screening

    The early diagnosis and screening modules will help you:

    • identify patients at risk of cancer
    • increase uptake of cancer screening
    • improve referral practice.

    Download our modules for early diagnosis and cancer screening.

  • End of life care

    The end of life care module will help you:

    • identify and support patients at end of life
    • plan and coordinate care based on their needs
    • support their family and caregivers.

    Download our end of life care guide or access the end of life care module.

  • Personalised cancer care

    The personalised cancer care module will help you:

    • identify and address a patient's needs and concerns
    • provide a person-centred and holistic approach to care
    • access and perform Cancer Care Reviews.

    Download our personalised cancer care module.

Scotland

With the removal of the QoF from the GP contract in Scotland, we have developed a specific QI toolkit and guidance for primary care teams in Scotland.

Cancer Care Review templates

A Cancer Care Review (CCR) is a conversation between a patient and their GP or Practice Nurse about their cancer journey. A CCR can help patients to:

  • talk about their cancer experience and concerns
  • understand what support is available in their community
  • receive the information they need to begin supported self-management.

The NHS's Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) requires primary care professionals to carry out a CCR within six months of a patient's cancer diagnosis. We have developed electronic CCR templates to support you.

You can also read our 10 top tips for effective Cancer Care Reviews.

How to access the CCR templates

You can find the electronic CCR templates on all major GP IT systems:

  • INPS Vision

    To access the CCR template in the Vision+ Consultation Manager:

    • Select the arrow on the right-hand side of the + icon and select ‘clinical templates’.
  • TPP SystmOne

    To access the CCR template in the TPP SystmOne, follow this pathway:

    • System > Resource Library > type 'macmillan' as the key search term and look for 'Macmillan Cancer Care Review Template 2019'.
  • EMIS

    To access the CCR template in EMIS, follow this pathway:

    • EMIS Library > EMIS Protocols > Third Sector Partnerships > Macmillan/Cancer Support > Macmillan Cancer templates.

If you would like more information on how to access the CCR template within your system, please email macdocs@macmillan.org.uk.

Oncology and haematology risk assessment tool

We have developed a risk assessment tool to help primary care professionals recognise and manage the side effects of treatment in oncology and haematology patients.

It will help you to support patients who are:

  • at risk of immunosuppresion
  • receiving systemic anti-cancer therapies
  • undergoing radiotherapy.

The tool uses a Red, Amber, Green (RAG) system to grade symptoms and advises action accordingly.

Top tips for primary care professionals

We've created our 10 top tips series to help primary care professionals support patients at every stage of the cancer pathway. The tips are designed to showcase best practice and offer practical advice for your role.

We have tips to support primary care professionals with:

  • early diagnosis of cancer
  • management of treatment side effects
  • prehabilitation and rehabilitation
  • palliative and end of life care
  • social prescribing.

View all top tips

Clinical updates for practice nurses

Stay up to date with the latest developments in cancer care, with expert news, opinion and analysis. You'll also find blogs about our professionals and the fantastic work they do.

Read our latest blogs for healthcare professionals.

Subscribe to our newsletters

We publish a range of newsletters for professionals who support people living with cancer. Whatever your role, we'll support you with clinical updates, tools and resources.

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Innovation in cancer care resources

We invest in programmes and services to help professionals adopt new and innovative ways to deliver cancer care in the UK. Working in communities and with the NHS, we fund pilots to improve experiences and outcomes for people with cancer. With this knowledge, we have created tools and resources to help you deliver:

Find out more about our work

Research and evidence

We're at the forefront of understanding the needs and experiences of people living with cancer. Get the evidence and insight you need to develop or deliver best practice in cancer care, delivered by our team of experts. 

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