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  • Blog Post: Your chance to have your say in the new NHS landscape

    The recent reforms to the NHS in England are some of the biggest in history. You could hardly have missed the debate, but working out what it means for people using health services can be a little more difficult. That’s more than can be covered in one blog – but one of the biggest changes...
  • Blog Post: Two years until the General Election: What should Macmillan be asking the next Government to do?

    If you have a few moments, I would like to take you back in time to May of 2010. An austere voice announces another party political broadcast. Activists push leaflets through our doors and we watch the UK’s first televised election debates. There is a lingering smell of an expenses scandal...
  • Blog Post: Making the case for free social care at the end of life

    Today we’re launching our new report Making the case for free social care at the end of life . As the title suggests, this report lays out our evidence for why social care services are so vital for those in the last weeks of their life. Vikki, who helped care for her dad, Adrian, at the end of...
  • Forum Post: Carers Week 2013

    Join us for Carers Week 2013 Carers Week 2013 begins on Monday 10 June and we’re hoping it will be the biggest yet. If you look after someone with cancer, you may not think of yourself as a carer. You may say ‘I’m just being their partner, daughter or friend’. Yet, the support...
  • Blog Post: Another step forward for our campaign on free social care at the end of life

    Macmillan has been campaigning to make sure more people have access to free social care in the last weeks of life so that they are able to die at home if they so choose. We know that most people with cancer at the end of their life want to spend their last weeks and days at home, in a familiar place...
  • Forum Post: Want your thoughts - 10min online survey

    My name is Natalie Seebeck and I am a student at the Lo ndon Metropolitan University studying Psychology. As part of this course, I am conducting a research project on people’s beliefs towards their illness/health condition and related treatment. You have been invited to take part in this study...
  • Forum Post: Update unfortunate ...........

    Hi all, I hope everyone is keeping strong. Just thought i would update you and also thank the people that replied to my post when i was really needing support and advice. I only just got the guts to come back on here ................... My mum passed away 10th August 2012. I spent the last few weeks...
  • Forum Post: Cancer patients and the feeling of 'Otherness'

    My name is Alex Reitemeier, I'm a psychology student at Nottingham Trent University doing some research into cancer. I want to find out if other people's reactions to a person's cancer shapes and changes their self-perception. I have emailed and received permission form the Macmillan...
  • Forum Post: Re: Brand new volunteering system coming soon!

    Hi everyone, Just to let you know the good news - the new volunteering system is finally here!! Head over to www.macmillan.org.uk/volunteering and check it out! What do people think about the new search facility - can you find opportunities easily in your area? Is the system easy to use? Have you...
  • Forum Post: We’re looking for participants for a focus group on insurance claims for cancer patients

    After an open discussion with several reputable, UK based insurance companies, we are hosting focus group to help improve the way insurance companies deal with people affected by cancer, particularly on their questionnaire and claims documents. This is an opportunity for people who took out insurance...
  • Forum Post: Focus Group Nov. 28th - to inform and improve insurance claims against critical illness

    We’re looking for people to join a focus group to help improve the way insurance companies deal with people affected by cancer, particularly on their questionnaire and claims documents. This is an opportunity for people who took out insurance in response to a cancer diagnosis or prior to being...
  • Blog Post: Free social care at the end of life campaign goes to Parliament

    Earlier this week, I went along to a roundtable discussion event in Parliament organised by Macmillan to talk about free social care at the end of life. This event was part of our campaign, calling for all patients at the end of life to get the social care support they need to allow them to be cared...
  • Forum Post: Re: Spreading the message

    Aphra - how wonderful to be 'nearly 21'! And I love your attitude re chaos-causing answers to doltish questions. Health services need people like you who are not afraid to speak out - the culture is changing but there is still such a long way to go. And of course the work force is continually...
  • Blog Post: Social care reform - significant progress

    Yesterday, the government published the long-awaited social care white paper . And here at Macmillan we were really pleased that, in it, they recognised the importance of free social care for those at the end of life. We want all people with cancer to have the choice to die at home surrounded by...
  • Forum Post: Lung Cancer Research Survey

    Hi everyone! My name is Darren and I am currently a Rehabilitation Psychology MSc student at the Institute of Work Health & Organisations, at the University of Nottingham, UK. My supervisor, Dr Neil Coulson, and I are looking to investigate how the membership engagement in online support groups...
  • Blog Post: Join the Energy Bill Revolution to freeze out fuel poverty

    Nearly 60% of people with cancer find that their energy bills go up after diagnosis. This isn’t surprising, considering cancer patients often feel the cold more due to their condition and treatment. Plus, they are often spending more time at home, pushing up their fuel bills. These costs can simply...
  • Forum Post: Any audiobook users?

    The Macmillan Cancer Information Development team needs your help! We are looking for any audiobook users to help us improve our audio cancer information. Our team produce a range of cancer information audio CDs: http://be.macmillan.org.uk/be/s-186-cancer-type.aspx?ProductTypeFilterID=147 ...
  • Blog Post: The Supporting Patient Choice project – we need your help!

    Choosing the best hospital to begin your treatment can create all sorts of questions; which will offer the best care and support? Where has a better car parking area? What hospital has the highest level of cleanliness? How wonderful would it be if you could compare hospitals based on those questions...
  • Forum Post: Carers Week survey

    We understand that being a carer can be a tough job – both mentally and physically. However, there are so many of you who are looking after family members, friends or partners living with cancer who don’t see yourselves as carers, meaning you could be missing out on support. We want...
  • Blog Post: Want to get involved?

    Are you, like many of us, still looking back over last year thinking of things you want to change for 2012 – bodies, jobs, homes, outlook on life, etc? We are, and there’s only one thing we want to change, and that’s the lives of those living with cancer. We’re so eager...
  • Forum Post: Calling all Kindle users!

    We’re looking into how we might use Kindle e-readers as a way to get our free cancer information into the palm of your hand. To help us explore the potential of doing this, we’d really love to read your comments. If you use a Kindle, can spare five minutes and would like to help us...
  • Forum Post: Carers Week survey.

    Caring for someone who is living with cancer is an important role that deserves recognition. There are so many of you looking after loved ones, and that’s why Carers Week (18–24 June 2012) celebrates the amazing contribution made by you, and six million others like you in the UK. However...
  • Blog Post: Campaign blow as MPs vote against exempting cancer patients from ESA time limit.

    In every campaign there are highs and lows. Sadly, this week has been one of the low points in the Welfare Reform Campaign. On Wednesday, MPs threw out an amendment from the House of Lords which would have exempted cancer patients from the government’s proposal to time limit Employment and Support...
  • Blog Post: We're not campaigning on welfare reform alone!

    Good campaigning is all about good partnerships. It’s for this reason that we got together last week with 30 other charities, 60 cancer specialists as well as academics, welfare experts and patients. We sent a letter to the Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith MP, raising our concerns...
  • Blog Post: Put the fair into welfare - campaign update

    Hi everyone, I wanted to update you on our welfare reform campaign and thank you all for your efforts to help us in our work at the Liberal Democrat Party conference. As you may be aware the Liberal Democrat conference voted on whether their party should oppose the Government's plan to take away...
  • Blog Post: Put the fair into welfare: a campaign update

    I'm Alessandro, the Public Affairs intern at Macmillan. I’ve been here for just over a month and I’ve been working hard along the rest of the team on our ‘ Put the fair into welfare ’ campaign to make sure that people with cancer continue to get the critical financial...