Developing the Cancer Workforce
Cancer survival rates are set to double between 2010 and 2020; and to reach four million people living with cancer as a long-term condition by 2030. This has huge implications for the NHS workforce as they will often be treating patients presenting with other conditions and co-morbid cancer. If we are to care holistically for such people, then the specialist cancer workforce will need to work effectively with the rest of the NHS to ensure seamless care along the multiple pathways.
The Knowledge Team worked with Macmillan Cancer Support to pioneer a more strategic response to this challenge in the Thames Valley region. Discussions were brokered with local universities, Health Education Thames Valley and the Strategic Clinical Network for cancer about a co-ordinated local response to the care needs of cancer survivors.
For a presentation of the Macmillan agenda for engagement and learning; Macmillan agenda for survivorship