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Aspirant Cancer Career and Education Development programme


The North West Cancer Alliances and Health Education England (HEE) commissioned Skills for Health to support the update of a Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) capability framework. More recently HEE launched a new programme of work to support Allied Health Professionals alongside the Nursing workforce. Following a review, it has been agreed Skills for Health will become a key partner in the Aspirant Cancer Career and Education Development programme.


The Aspirant Cancer Career and Education Development programme (ACCEnD) will provide transformational reform in the education, training and career pathways for nurses and AHP’s supporting people affected by cancer.

The ACCEnD programme provides guidance on the knowledge, skills and capabilities required by all nurses and Allied Health Professionals who care for people living with cancer in generalist and specialist cancer services, and roles as part of multi-professional teams across the four UK nations.

The ACCEnD programme is a cancer career and education development programme that supports aspirant cancer nurses and Allied Health Professionals in increasing their knowledge, skills and capability. This will increase and improve the supply of the cancer health care professional workforce in the future. It also provides the existing cancer workforce with access to the education and training needed to match the competencies required for their role.

Using a range of learning opportunities, ACCEnD provides a definitive career and development pathway for those aspiring to work in cancer care. ACCEnD is underpinned by learning related to the four pillars of professional practice – clinical practice; leadership and management; research/evidence-based practice and quality improvement; and specialist cancer-focused education.

For further information please visit the ACCEnD website here.

Previous work

Prior to ACCEnD, Skills for Health undertook research to understand the landscape for the specialist cancer care nursing workforce. The reports are located here:

Click here to download a summary of key findings and recommendations

Click here to download the full research report

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