Cancer care is one of the NHS Long Term Plan’s key priorities – focussing on prevention, earlier diagnosis, better treatment and living with cancer. Having access to more skilled staff in the right areas is key to delivering on that strategy. The Cancer Workforce plan was developed in partnership with NHS England and partners setting a delivery plan that ensures the NHS in England has the right numbers of skilled staff to provide high quality care and services to cancer patients at each stage in their care – from accurate early diagnosis and treatment to living with cancer and end of life care.

Work to support these ambitions is in place regionally, working with Cancer Alliances, NHS England and Improvement Cancer Programme, and providers and systems. Initiatives include:

  • Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist training grants
  • Chemotherapy nursing training grants
  • Focused funded projects to support the development of the workforce. These include developing first contact practitioner roles for those working within cancer care, supporting enhanced and advanced communication skills for those working within cancer services, and personalised care supportive initiatives.
  • A region wide Cancer Alliance Workforce Leads network, providing a regular forum to share best practice, challenges and explore the potential for cross Alliance and region wide opportunities.

Useful documents and links:

Cancer Workforce Plan

NHS Long Term Plan

South East Cancer Alliances

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