Did you know there are a number of free learning resources, online courses and professional development tools available for project leads to access? Macmillan Cancer Support Learn Zone provides a variety of resources available for Macmillan Professionals, members of the public and volunteers. We recommend the following modules for project leads and delivery staff to complete:
- Introduction to cancer – increase your basic understanding of cancer and how it can affect people’s lives.
- Survivorship – learn about survivorship and how to sign-post cancer patients to sources of help and support.
- Evaluation – increase your knowledge of evaluation and develop the skills and confidence to evaluate your work
You can access these and more modules here. The Physical Activity team also has an online learning subscription with BMJ learning. Project delivery staff can discover more than 1,000 evidence-based, peer-reviewed learning modules, stay up to date with the latest practice-changing developments, use pre- and post-module assessments to gauge your learning, Choose from audio, video, and interactive case-based formats and record your learning in BMJ Portfolio. We recommend project delivery staff complete ‘The health benefits of physical activity: cancer module’ you can access the module here additional modules we recommend include the ‘Importance of Physical Activity’ module here and ‘How does Physical Activity produce health benefits module here
Furthering your learning is not only beneficial for you as personal development but also the people affected by cancer you assist everyday!
For support in accessing any of the above modules please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
On 2nd December 2014, Macmillan facilitated a Physical Activity Workshop at the Dunsilly Hotel in Antrim, Northern Ireland. The purpose of the workshop was to highlight progress to date in Northern Ireland in relation to Cancer and Physical Activity, to outline Macmillan’s strategic direction in relation to Cancer and Physical Activity, and to ascertain the views and opinions of key stakeholders. It is important to spread the physical activity and cancer message throughout the UK and Northern Ireland has so much positive activity in the coming year to look out for. Feedback from the workshop includes:
“Very good workshop. Needs to be run every year”
“Well presented, good opportunity for networking, and vital links with Macmillan staff”
“It’s great to get everyone together and to contribute on how we can evolve the work in partnership”
Further information about physical activity and cancer can be found here: www.macmillan.org.uk/physicalactivity and you can email the team at email@example.com
Some of our available resources in action.
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The physical activity team has resources to provide those affected by cancer and healthcare professionals with practical advice and tools on how to safely become more physically active during and after treatment. Here’s what Helen Birch, 43 who was diagnosed in 2010 had to say about one of our resources:
“The most beneficial bit was the activity diary that I was given, because I found it really really good to track what you were doing. But by actually writing it down each day, it just helped me stay on track. And it pushed me; it gave me that incentive to get on.”
By using our available tools and information, more people can benefit from physical activity as Helen has done. To hear more about her story click here.
For anyone providing services for people affected by cancer, we recommend our basic cancer awareness course which can be found on the Macmillan Learn Zone alongside many other learning resources. It’s a course that all members of our team have taken and we think you can benefit too.
These resources are available here, simply register and order away!
Keep a look out for more posts introducing specific resources and how best to use them. Happy ordering!