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How do you solve a problem like the cancer workforce?

Published: 13 December 2023

What does the workforce of the future need to look like and how will Macmillan’s role evolve to support professionals.

Written by: Niks Kent, Partnership Manager and Adrienne Betteley, Strategic Advisor at Macmillan Cancer Support

Working together to support people with cancer

For over 100 years, Macmillan has existed to do whatever it takes for people with cancer. And we’ve worked side by side with partners in health and social care to make this happen. But it’s tough.

There are 3 million people living with cancer today and that is set to rise to 4 million by 2030. Too many people are facing dangerously long waits for cancer tests and treatment, turning their worlds upside down with stress and worry.

Staff across the system are doing the very best they can but are stretched to breaking point.

Cancer waiting times were the worst on record in 2022 across the UK in all four UK nations1. 100,000 people across the UK have seen their cancer get worse because of delays2.

People with cancer are living longer because of breakthroughs in cancer treatments. All of this means more people are living with cancer than ever before – but will we be able to harness these developments to cure cancer as we know it? And what do we mean by a cure for cancer?

Right now, we’re calling for governments across the UK to take urgent action. You can join our campaign to ask politicians directly: What are you waiting for? 

What are our long-term plans?

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What knowledge, skills and support do you think everyone supporting people with cancer will need in the future? Share your thoughts by completing this short survey.

What's next?

In early 2024, Macmillan will be taking the recommendations presented by Niks, Adrienne and their team to inform the decisions we are making about how Macmillan should evolve to ensure we are providing the best support for people with cancer now and in the future. 

Visit Transforming Macmillan Together for the latest updates. 


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