Macmillan Cancer & Work Service


The Cancer & Work Service aims to provide a responsive, practical and accessible expert work service for cancer patients attending NHS Lothian for treatment (or from SCAN region health boards : NHS Fife, Borders, Dumfries & Galloway), to help them stay at work during treatment or return to work after treatment. The service will be undertaken by NHS Lothian Work Support Services. This is the name for NHS Lothian’s vocational rehabilitation service.


Patients may self refer to the Cancer &  Work Service at the Edinburgh Cancer Centre, open every day from 10am to 1pm, or by calling our hotline number: 0131 537 9579. If you prefer to use a referral form as a health professional, please contact Veronica Sanudo on ext. 49579 or e-mail

Background information

By 2030, some 330,000 people will be living with cancer in Scotland (Scottish Government, 2015). Increasing numbers of these people will be of working age and have jobs. Many will strive to remain in work throughout their cancer treatments. In addition, a significant number of patients absent from work because of cancer will attempt to return to work after cancer treatments.
It is known that cancer patients struggle to get vocational support from health services and experience significant delays in referral to formal occupational health services: (Macmillan: 
Work is now recognised as an important social determinant of health and early intervention for a person off sick is critical if they are to successfully return to their job or to purposeful occupation.
If you would like more information, please contact Gerard Mcfeely, Macmillan Consultant Occupational Therapist on 0779 134 401/ 0131 537 9579, or Veronica Sanudo, PA to Gerard Mcfeely, on 0131 537 9579.

Referral Criteria

  • Anyone affected by cancer (incl. carers,relatives) who has a work related issue.
  • Can be absent or in work and struggling
  • Needs case management support, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, mental    health support, employment rights advice and signposting to relevant services.
  • No timescale on intervention and able to re refer back into service as required.

How to Access

Walk in Clinic at Edinburgh Cancer Centre, Monday to Friday, 10am until 1pm or
you can refer yourself by calling 0131 537 9579

Last Reviewed: 05/09/2016