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The benefits of being a Macmillan nurse

From leadership and mindfulness to career coaching, Macmillan Cancer Support offers nurses a wealth of learning and development opportunities, writes Lynne Pearce.
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From leadership and mindfulness to career coaching, Macmillan Cancer Support offers nurses a wealth of learning and development opportunities, writes Lynne Pearce

For Macmillan nurses, opportunities to learn and develop are among the key attractions of being part of the charity.

‘We heavily promote our access to learning and development,’ says learning and development manager for Macmillan professionals Tony Banach. ‘It’s a big selling point.’

Just over half of the charity’s 8,000 health and social care professionals are nurses, who work in a variety of different roles. This includes information and support professionals, practice nurses and clinical nurse specialists, whose focus may be on a population, such as young people, a type of cancer or a type of care being delivered, such as palliative.

Most nursing staff are not directly employed

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