27th June 2019

Image: New free Cancer Communications Interactive Resource launched.We are pleased to announce the release of a new free Communications Interactive Resource on Cancer Services. Commissioned by Health Education England (HEE), Skills for Health have developed this as part of a range of initiatives HEE are leading on to support the recommendations made by The National Cancer Strategy: Achieving World-Class Cancer Outcomes 2015-2020.

The strategy sets out a compelling vision for future cancer services, aimed at achieving improved long-term outcomes for people affected by cancer by 2020. Highlighted within the plan is the importance of the communication skills of the workforce. All staff, no matter what their role or profession, need to be able to communicate sensitively and compassionately with patients and their families and carers.

The Cancer Communications Interactive Resource sets out to:

  • Identify existing good practice in communication skills and bring it together in one place
  • Provide a resource to enable services, teams and individuals to build on existing good practice and experiential learning
  • Ensure 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

Whilst the resource focuses on Cancer Services, the examples of good practice and experiential learning links found within it are applicable to all of those who work in a healthcare setting. Empathetic listening skills, shared decision-making, empowering individuals to self-manage and delivering difficult news are skills that are required across a range of service areas.

The Communications Interactive Resource builds upon and is linked to the following which were also commissioned by Health Education England and developed by Skills for Health:

Download our Person Centred Approaches Capabilities Framework and related information here

Access our Person Centred Approaches e-learning here