Cancer and diagnostics
Clinical endoscopist training programme
Radiology Academies Review
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 plan, and promoting the role of AHPs in multidisciplinary teams.
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 UK, Macmillan and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust.
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 .
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.