Macmillan resources for employers

Does a member of your staff have cancer? Or are they caring for someone with cancer? Supporting employees so they can remain in or return to work benefits your business, as well as your staff. We have resources that can help you make this happen.

Macmillan at Work

Macmillan at Work is a programme which provides:

  • expert training
  • consultancy
  • information and support
  • resources – including our e-newsletter and the essential work and cancer toolkit.

By joining Macmillan at Work, you’ll have the opportunity to book our specialist work and cancer training sessions for your line managers and HR professionals. You’ll also receive our The essential Work and cancer toolkit, which includes information resources for you and your employees. Find out more by emailing us at

Buddying guidelines

Guidelines developed with employers and people affected by cancer to help organisations implement a buddying system in the workplace.

Cancer in the workplace videos

These videos show different scenarios of people who are affected by cancer, and the issues it raises for them in the workplace.

Cancer policy template

A template to help HR teams develop a company policy for handling cancer in the workplace. 

Carers’ policy template

A template for HR teams to develop a company policy for supporting staff who are caring for someone with a long-term condition. Download the carers' policy template.

E-learning module

Cancer in the workplace: managers is an online module that aims to give line managers the confidence and knowledge needed to deal with cancer at work. It covers key areas such as talking about cancer, confidentiality, rights and responsibilities, and supporting carers. You can complete it in one session, or over time.

Further resources

Work and cancer top tips for line managers

Download these tips for line managers designed to guide you and support your employee through the cancer journey, from diagnosis through treatment and living with cancer.

Managing cancer in the workplace: An employer's guide to supporting staff affected by cancer

This guide contains practical advice about how you can support employees affected by cancer, including your responsibilities as an employer and your employees' rights.

Read the guide online or order as a booklet from our be.macmillan site.

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Managing cancer in the workplace

In the UK, over 700,000 people of working age are living with cancer. Managers play a fundamental role in supporting employees affected by cancer.

How cancer affects people

Your employee’s ability to work may change after a cancer diagnosis. To support them, it’s helpful to understand how treatment may affect them.

How to talk about cancer at work

Although it may be difficult for your employee to discuss their cancer diagnosis, open communication may enable you to support them.

Time off for your employee

Some people with cancer will be able to continue to work, others will need time off. There are different options to manage absences.

Occupational health advice

Occupational health advisers can help employers assess whether a role needs to be adjusted in light of an employee’s health.

Supporting carers

Carers who need to look after a dependant are allowed to take emergency time off. They may also wish to request flexible working.

Legal rights about work and cancer

In the UK, there are laws that protect employees with cancer from being treated unfairly in the workplace. This includes discrimination, harassment and victimisation.


Although many people survive cancer, your employee or the person they are caring for may die from their illness.