Resources, information and support to help Macmillan professionals in their role.

UK-wide L&D offer

You know that cancer affects people in every way, from their health and their relationships, right through to their finances and their work. Their needs are ever changing and, as a result, so are the demands placed on you.

Before you book

Once you know the courses you need, you can attend any of them anywhere in the UK - it doesn't matter where you live or where you are based.

Please ask your employer to cover the costs of transport and overnight accommodation in the first instance, but if they can't, more help is available:

We've also launched a new Coaching Programme. Comprising six two-hour sessions with a fully qualified coach, the programme is ideal for Macmillan Professionals in need of bespoke support as it's designed to help you face the challenges of your role head on.

Choose the right level

Whatever the stage of your career, you're guaranteed to find opportunities that suit you.

The levels of courses available are:

  • Foundation
    Focusing on core knowledge and skills, and looking at how to apply some of the learning in your workplace.
  • Intermediate
    Providing you with more detailed knowledge and skills, and exploring how to apply these within the remit of your role.
  • Advanced
    Offering a higher-level provision of knowledge and skills, and focusing on how to apply them at a more advanced or strategic level.

To help equip you to meet these needs and demands, we've designed a clear modular framework that divides the courses into six specific themes.

We Are Macmillan

Macmillan believes that no one should face cancer alone. To find out more about our aims and our strategies - and the crucial role you play in helping us to achieve them - these are the courses for you.

Living with the impact of cancer

Equip yourself with the vital skills you need to strengthen your relationships with people living with or beyond cancer and help them to self-manage more effectively.

Palliative and end-of-life care

When your role involves supporting people towards the end of their lives and their families, it's crucial that you receive the support you need too - and our palliative care courses can help.

Well-being and emotional resilience

From practicing mindfulness to developing strategies that combat stress and support wellbeing, these courses will enable you to look after yourself and others.

The changing cancer environment

We offer an array of fundamental courses that will help you negotiate difficult situations and improve your understanding of cancer care's ever-changing landscape.

Leadership and change

Whether you need to deliver memorable presentations, manage projects or lead teams, these courses will provide you with the knowledge and the confidence you need to shine.

UK-wide & Online Courses

Book your place early to avoid disappointment!

52 courses

Acute Oncology

  • Professionals
  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
E-Learning
Level
Foundation
Programme
The changing cancer environment

An introduction to adult acute oncology services, covering key principles, recognising conditions and initiating appropriate action to ensure safe and timely high-quality care.

Advance Care Planning

  • Professionals
  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
E-Learning
Level
Foundation
Programme
Palliative and end-of-life care

Explore when and how to start conversations; how you can help someone discuss what's important to them and help them plan ahead for their future care.

Be Mindful

  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
Booked E-Learning
Level
Foundation
Programme
Well-being and emotional resilience

This course explores the theory and practice of mindfulness.

Bowel screening kit

  • Public
  • Professionals
  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
E-Learning
Level
Foundation
Programme
The changing cancer environment

How to use a bowel screening kit.

Breast screening

  • Public
  • Professionals
  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
E-Learning
Level
Foundation
Programme
The changing cancer environment

No-nonsense information about breast screening (mammogram).

Buddying and befriending

  • Staff
  • Professionals
  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
E-Learning
Level
Foundation
Programme
Living with the impact of cancer

Extend support to people affected by cancer with a befriending scheme within your service or support group.

Can we talk about work?

  • Professionals
  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
E-Learning
Level
Foundation
Programme
Living with the impact of cancer

Helps you answer questions about employment and cancer with confidence.

Cancer in primary care

  • Professionals
  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
E-Learning
Level
Foundation
Programme
Living with the impact of cancer

Diagnosis and support of patients with cancer for general practitioners (GPs).

Cancer in the workplace: Managers

  • Public
  • Staff
  • Professionals
  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
E-Learning
Level
Foundation
Programme
Living with the impact of cancer

Helping line managers support people affected by cancer in the workplace.

Cancer in the workplace: Union Reps

  • Public
  • Professionals
  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
E-Learning
Level
Foundation
Programme
Living with the impact of cancer

Help for union reps when an employee is diagnosed with cancer.

Changing children's attitudes to death

  • Public
  • Professionals
  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
E-Learning
Level
Foundation
Programme
Palliative and end-of-life care

Using the Acorn Approach with hospices and schools to change children and young people's attitudes to death and dying.

Collecting and analysing data

  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
Face-to-Face
Level
Intermediate
Programme
Leadership and change

This course is designed to give you the knowledge and practical understanding to collect the best possible outcome and impact data from those you work with

Communicating with patients

  • Professionals
  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
E-Learning
Level
Foundation
Programme
Living with the impact of cancer

Guidance on good and bad practice around communication on clinical settings, based on the video series 'The Clinic - Not Good Enough'.

Communication skills (advanced)

  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
Face-to-Face
Level
Advanced
Programme
The changing cancer environment

Learn an evidence-based approach which is designed to enhance your skills of communicating effectively with people affected by cancer.

Communication Skills (foundation)

  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
Face-to-Face
Level
Foundation
Programme
The changing cancer environment

Learn an evidence-based approach which is designed to enhance your skills of communicating effectively with people affected by cancer.

Communication skills (intermediate)

  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
Face-to-Face
Level
Intermediate
Programme
The changing cancer environment

Learn an evidence-based approach which is designed to enhance your skills of communicating effectively with people affected by cancer.

Communication skills for advance/anticipatory care planning

  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
Face-to-Face
Level
Intermediate
Programme
The changing cancer environment

This half-day session will boost your confidence and skills in initiating and managing conversations around advance care planning, helping you to promote patient-centred care.

Consequences of treatment

  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
Face-to-Face
Level
Foundation
Programme
Living with the impact of cancer

An overview of the potential consequences of different types of treatment.

Developing and implementing service improvement projects

  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
Face-to-Face
Level
Intermediate
Programme
Leadership and change

Achieve the best outcomes for your service by helping you to identify improvement potential and then lead successful improvement work.

Developing personal impact

  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
Face-to-Face
Level
Intermediate
Programme
Leadership and change

This session will equip you with tried and- trusted tools to help you to develop and enhance your communication skills

Developing resilience to burnout

  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
Face-to-Face
Level
Intermediate
Programme
Well-being and emotional resilience

Practice a range of compassion mind training techniques and skills. You will measure your self-compassion levels and identify specific behavioural patterns that perpetuate stress and are resistant to self-compassion

Emotional wellbeing

  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
Face-to-Face
Level
Foundation
Programme
Well-being and emotional resilience

Learn about stress and the ability to develop resilience to burnout and compassion fatigue.

Head & Neck cancer from a patient perspective

  • Public
  • Professionals
  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
E-Learning
Level
Foundation
Programme
Living with the impact of cancer

Patients explain the treatment pathway for head and neck cancer in a series of What Happens Next videos.

Impact Evaluation

  • Professionals
  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
E-Learning
Level
Foundation
Programme
Leadership and change

Increase your knowledge of evaluation and develop the skills and confidence to evaluate your work.

Improving care for LGBT people with cancer

  • Public
  • Professionals
  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
E-Learning
Level
Foundation
Programme
Living with the impact of cancer

Achieving quality in end of live care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

Influencing and negotiation skills

  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
Face-to-Face
Level
Intermediate
Programme
Leadership and change

Develop the confidence and practical skills you need to make a positive impact in the work you do.

Introduction to evaluation

  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
Face-to-Face
Level
Foundation
Programme
Leadership and change

How to most effectively tell the story of your work and demonstrate the impact of your service.

Introduction to social media

  • Staff
  • Volunteers
  • Professionals
  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
E-Learning
Level
Foundation
Programme
Leadership and change

This resource helps you use social media tools professionally and effectively when supporting Macmillan.

Laryngectomy

  • Public
  • Professionals
  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
E-Learning
Level
Foundation
Programme
The changing cancer environment

Two films that explain the impact of living with a laryngectomy, including the communication issues that can result.

Late effects

  • Professionals
  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
E-Learning
Level
Foundation
Programme
Living with the impact of cancer

Look at some of the late effects of cancer treatment and help signpost to useful sources of information and support.

Leadership skills

  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
Face-to-Face
Level
Foundation
Programme
Leadership and change

Develop awareness of your values and behaviours, and the impact these have on those around you.

Legal issues, families and cancer

  • Professionals
  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
E-Learning
Level
Foundation
Programme
Living with the impact of cancer

Gain awareness of the legal and family matters that may arise when a relative is affected by cancer.

Loss, grief and bereavement

  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
Face-to-Face
Level
Foundation
Programme
Palliative and end-of-life care

Explore the effect loss, grief and bereavement can have on any individual

Macmillan Durham Cachexia Pack

  • Professionals
  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
E-Learning
Level
Foundation
Programme
Living with the impact of cancer

Assessment and management of problems with eating and weight loss in cancer patients with ACS (cachexia).

Malignant spinal cord compression

  • Professionals
  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
E-Learning
Level
Intermediate
Programme
The changing cancer environment

Identifying early signs and symptoms of malignant spinal cord compression (MSCC), enabling rapid referral and treatment to improve patient outcomes.

Managing volunteers

  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
Face-to-Face
Level
Foundation
Programme
The changing cancer environment

Based on Macmillan's Volunteering Quality Standards (MVQS) this course introduces you to the key principles of effective volunteer management practice.

Mindfulness

  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
Face-to-Face
Level
Intermediate
Programme
Well-being and emotional resilience

This course teaches the practice, applications and the science of mindful compassion.

Motivational interviewing

  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
Face-to-Face
Level
Intermediate
Programme
Living with the impact of cancer

Explore how to use motivational interviewing techniques to support people affected by cancer.

MQuISS® support and guidance

  • Staff
  • Professionals
  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
E-Learning
Level
Intermediate
Programme
The changing cancer environment

Supporting you with the Macmillan Quality in Information and Support Services (MQuISS®) standards. A one-stop-shop of information, guidance and other resources.

Neutropenic sepsis

  • Professionals
  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
E-Learning
Level
Foundation
Programme
Living with the impact of cancer

A dramatic reconstruction that examines the issue of neutropenic sepsis.

Nutritional care

  • Professionals
  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
E-Learning
Level
Foundation
Programme
Living with the impact of cancer

Understand why nutritional care is a vital element of cancer care and how to manage and support patients' dietary needs.

Presentation Skills

  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
Face-to-Face
Level
Intermediate
Programme
Leadership and change

Practical help in preparing effective, interesting and memorable presentations using a range of different techniques.

Promoting your service

  • Staff
  • Professionals
  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
E-Learning
Level
Foundation
Programme
The changing cancer environment

Good practice in promoting the information and support that Macmillan provides.

Prostate cancer journey

  • Public
  • Professionals
  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
E-Learning
Level
Foundation
Programme
Living with the impact of cancer

An audio recording by Hamish Marett-Crosby, of BBC Radio Jersey, recounting an experience of prostate cancer.

Resources Toolkit for Macmillan GPs

  • Professionals
  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
E-Learning
Level
Foundation
Programme
The changing cancer environment

This complements the induction information Macmillan GPs receive from their local Macmillan office and supports them in their role.

Running a Practice Nurse Cancer Course

  • Professionals
  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
E-Learning
Level
Foundation
Programme
The changing cancer environment

Supporting material to accompany the Guide to content, planning and delivery for a Macmillan Cancer Course for Practice Nurses.

Service improvement using Lean methodology

  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
Face-to-Face
Level
Advanced
Programme
Leadership and change

Learn how to use the Lean methodology at an in-depth level to develop and improve services.

Sexual relationships and cancer

  • Professionals
  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
E-Learning
Level
Foundation
Programme
Living with the impact of cancer

The insights into how to talk to patients about the issues surrounding sexuality and cancer.

Supporting your service

  • Staff
  • Professionals
  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
E-Learning
Level
Foundation
Programme
The changing cancer environment

Good practice in recruiting, training and supporting volunteers.

Understanding cancer and its treatments

  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
Face-to-Face
Level
Foundation
Programme
The changing cancer environment

Explore the fundamentals of cancer prevention, early detection, investigation, staging and treatment options.

Understanding the Recovery Package

  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
Face-to-Face
Level
Foundation
Programme
Living with the impact of cancer

Explore all the elements of survivorship and the Recovery Package.

Working with cancer

  • Public
  • Staff
  • Professionals
  • Macmillan Professionals
Format
E-Learning
Level
Foundation
Programme
Living with the impact of cancer

Refresh existing knowledge and gain new information on the occupational health impact of a cancer diagnosis on working age adults.

Learning and Development Grants

Macmillan provides individual and group grants to support the learning and career development of both Macmillan professionals and the wider cancer workforce.

Visit the L&D Grants website to find out if you qualify.

More information for professionals

More general information and resources for professionals can be found on Macmillan's main website, including:

  • Expenses forms
  • Policy documents
  • Newsletter archives