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Cancer and diagnostics

The Cancer and Diagnostics programme exists to support the implementation of national cancer strategies and HEE’s Cancer Workforce Plan.

We capture, monitor and develop projects which aim to deliver cancer workforce improvements. Within the diagnostic workforce, we support the development of the primarily non-medical, diagnostics workforces to reduce waiting times and increase the likelihood of early diagnosis leading to better care and outcomes for patients nationally. 


Find out more about our workstreams below:

HEE is proud to have worked with the Joint Advisory Committee on Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (JAG) to develop a Clinical Endoscopist Training Programme to support workforce capacity and capability in response to increasing demand for endoscopy services. All academic modules are delivered online with minimal contact days away from your trust. We accept new applicants and those from clinical endoscopists with previous experience.

GI endoscopic procedures, traditionally carried out by doctors, are being performed increasingly by nurses and other non-medical registered practitioners – known as clinical endoscopists (CEs) or previously known as non-medical endoscopists (NMEs). To address the increasing demand for endoscopy services, HEE works with senior medical and clinical endoscopists, the Joint Advisory Group in GI Endoscopy (JAG), Liverpool John Moores University and Birmingham City University to deliver this comprehensive programme. Working with major national endoscopy stakeholders* we have also developed the Competence Assessment Portfolio .

Find out more about our programme

The National Breast Imaging Academy programme is a collaborative, national, multidisciplinary initiative which encompasses a range of solutions to address the severe workforce issues faced in the delivery of breast imaging services across the country. Proposals include the establishment of a national centre of excellence for training, the development of high-quality training programmes for all staff and an innovative, online, technology-enhanced learning hub.

The programme is funded by Health Education England, hosted by Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and working in collaboration with Public Health England, the Royal College of Radiologists, the Society and College of Radiographers, the Association of Breast Clinicians, the British Society of Breast Radiology, Breast Cancer Now, and Prevent Breast Cancer.

Mammography Associate Apprenticeship

Breast Clinician Credential

NBIA Radiology Fellowship

GatewayC is a free online cancer education platform developed for primary care professionals across England, aiming to improve cancer outcomes by facilitating earlier diagnosis and improving patient experience. The platform is funded by Health Education England and assists users to confidently identify, refer and support patients with symptoms on a suspected cancer pathway.

Based at The Christie Hospital in Manchester, the GatewayC Steering Group includes a GP lead, patient representatives and representatives from Cancer Research UKMacmillan and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust.

GatewayC website

Pathology is the study of disease and described as the bridge between science and medicine, which underpins every aspect of patient care. Pathologists work in hospitals and laboratories on different areas of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment for diseases such as cancer and play a critical role in the cancer and diagnostic workforce.

Healthcare Science

Healthcare Scientists play a major role in Pathology. The National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS) supports all aspects of their development. 

See the Pathology webpage for more information on our role in developing the workforce. 

Understanding how our genome – our complete genetic code – influences our health can mean better diagnoses, leading to new and targeted treatments, and even predicting and preventing disease. Our genomics education page tells you all you need to know about our work in this field. 

You can also watch a video on how genomics is used in cancer care.

Sonographers, also known as ultrasound practitioners, use high frequency sound-waves to assess organs and structures within the body to assist in the screening and diagnosis of a wide range of conditions. we have been working with partners on a number of initiatives.

In 2005 the Department of Health and the Royal College of Radiologists collaborated to set up three Radiology Academies – Leeds & West Yorkshire, Norwich and Peninsula (Plymouth). Take a look at our work in this area.

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