The skills and capacity of the UK's non-surgical oncology workforce

Cancer Research UK would like to commission research on the UK’s non-surgical oncology treatments workforce. The closing date for submissions is 1st September 2016.

We know that delivering world-class cancer outcomes relies on a vast array of health professionals. They are crucial at all stages of an individual’s journey, ranging from GPs offering smoking-cessation advice to the therapeutic radiographers and clinical nurse specialists involved in cancer treatment.

We are seeking to commission a new study to focus on current and future capacity and demand as well as providing potential solutions such as new models of care and changes to education and training programmes. The findings will input into our current policy development on workforce in all four nations and be used to inform our evidence and recommendations to Health Education England’s review of the cancer workforce in early 2017.

We would like the research to start by October 2016 with the view to complete by end of March 2017, for publication at the end of May 2017.

Please respond with expressions of interest by 22nd August 2016 and your full proposal for this work by 5pm on 1st September 2016.

All enquiries should be sent to Helen Beck, Policy Research Manager,

A shared vision for a strategic review of the cancer workforce

The cancer strategy for England states: ‘Health Education England should work with NHS England, charities, and others to develop a vision for the future shape and skills mix of the workforce required to deliver a modern, holistic patient-centred cancer service. This review should consider training needs for both new and existing NHS staff and should report by the end of 2016.

NHS England and Government have committed to taking forward the recommendations of the cancer strategy. The implementation plan published by the National Cancer Transformation Board states that ‘we will develop a vision by March 2017 for the future shape and skills mix of the workforce required to deliver a modern, holistic patient-centred cancer service, in particular focussing on the workforce needs highlighted in the review.'

In May 2016, Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support hosted an engagement event to build consensus across the cancer community on how the review should be taken forward. This consensus document is the result of this event and wider discussions amongst the cancer community.

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