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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:

Cancer care is one of the Five Year Forward View’s key priorities - focusing on prevention, earlier diagnosis, better treatment and living with cancer. Having access to more skilled staff in the right areas will be key to delivering on that strategy. Take a look at our work related to the cancer workforce planand promoting the role of AHPs in multidisciplinary teams.

Other resources:

We are leading on a range of initiatives and as part of our work we commissioned Skills for Health to develop a Communications Interactive Resource which:

- Identifies existing good practice in communication skills and bring it together in one place

- Provides a resource to enable services, teams and individuals to build on existing good practice

- Ensures the most up to date information is available to all in an interactive guide, free to access and available online with live links to information and resources

You can access the interactive resource here.



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

Clinical Endoscopist Training Programme

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 contacts 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

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.

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.

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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