Continual Professional Development

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Keep up to date in this fast changing clinical area with accredited educational resources designed to test your knowledge and support the early diagnosis of cancer.

These resources have been developed by Cancer Research UK in partnership with relevant clinical experts and organisations including Doctors.net.uk, RCGP, BMJ and the Department of Health.

Colorectal risk factors, screening and investigations and clinical management of smoking cessation

e-learning modules and quizzes let you test your knowledge on diagnosing cancer.

Colorectal cancer risk factors, screening and investigations

​​Clinical management of smoking cessation

 

Managing patients at risk of prostate cancer

After completing this module, you should know:

  • How to advise men who are worried about prostate cancer
  • What information you should give them
  • The treatment options available to men diagnosed with clinically localised cancer.

​​​Managing patients at risk of prostate cancer

 

Screening for cervical cancer

After completing this module you should know:

  • How to advise women who are worried about cervical cancer
  • What information you should give them
  • How to advise women who have questions about the NHS cervical screening programme.

Screening for cervical cancer

Oral and skin cancer toolkits

Resources to improve knowledge and confidence in making referral decisions.

Each of these toolkit features:

  • Referral decision aid - highlighting the red flags that prompt urgent referral
  • A comprehensive image library
  • Case studies
  • CPD accredited quizzes

Oral cancer toolkit for GPs

Oral cancer toolkit for dental professionals

Skin cancer toolkit

 

Lung cancer

This module should help you to:

  • Be familiar with the typical presenting features of lung cancer
  • Identify unusual presentations of lung cancer
  • Know when to refer patients with suspected lung cancer to a specialist team.

Suspected lung cancer: when you should refer

 

Lower GI cancer

This module should help you to:

  • Be familiar with the typical presenting features of lower gastrointestinal tract cancer
  • Identify unusual presentations of lower gastrointestinal tract cancer
  • Know when to refer patients with suspected lower gastrointestinal tract cancer to a specialist team
  • Know which patients you should refer urgently and which patients you should refer routinely.

Suspected lower gastrointestinal tract cancer: when you should refer

 

NICE (2015) guideline summary

On completion of this module you should know:

  • How and why the NICE guideline for suspected cancer referral has changed
  • The most important changes in referral criteria for adults
  • The important groups of patients who warrant direct access testing in primary care
  • When to refer a child for suspected cancer.

Referral for suspected cancer - your summary of the 2015 NICE guideline

Gynaecological, urological, lung and bowel, skin and upper GI cancers

e-learning modules and quizzes let you test your knowledge on diagnosing cancer.

Early detection of gynaecological cancer in primary care​​

Early detection of urological cancer in primary care​

Early diagnosis of lung and bowel cancer

Skin cancer in primary care

Upper GI cancers in primary care

 

Ovarian Cancer

A module developed in association with Target Ovarian Cancer based on the NICE Clinical Guideline CG122 and is an opportunity to think in greater detail about presenting symptoms and consider which factors might distinguish ovarian cancer from common conditions.

Bloating and Other Abdominal Symptoms: Could it be Ovarian Cancer?

 

Late diagnosis

After completing this module you should:

  • Understand why tackling late diagnosis will impact on cancer survival, and why increasing public awareness of key cancer symptoms is important
  • Understand the role of the GP in assessing patients presenting as a result of the Department of Health cancer awareness campaigns
  • Know how to access self assessment data on suspected cancer referral and diagnosis via the Practice Profiles.

Tackling late diagnosis of cancer

Case studies

Review real-life clinical case studies to increase your awareness of cancer symptoms. After reviewing each case you can participate in the discussion with other clinicians, and add reflective notes to your Learning Record to earn CPD credits.

See clinical case studies
(Doctors.net.uk members only)

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