Skills for Health, in collaboration with Health Education England (HEE) South East, have been growing the understanding of new and emerging routes into the Cancer and Diagnostics workforce, via ‘new roles’ or existing professions working in different ways. The overall aim of the work has been to ensure a flexible and sustainable Cancer and Diagnostics workforce.
Purpose and scope of the work
The work has focussed on education and training, career pathways and supply pipelines of the Cancer and Diagnostics workforce, including the extent of the patient pathway in primary, secondary and community care.
The research has informed a set of new resources, including 12 Case Studies and a Resource Guide. These are practical examples of what NHS trusts, Cancer Alliances and related cancer organisations in the HEE South East region have developed and implemented to assist the recruitment, retention and development of the Cancer and Diagnostic workforce to support the related patient pathway.
The Case Studies include the use of apprenticeships, ‘new’ and revised roles and different approaches to workforce planning. These will provide helpful information, demonstrate good practice and are practical examples to assist employers, Cancer Alliances, education leads, Integrated Care Systems, commissioners and those working with, or in Cancer and Diagnostic services.