RM Partners has supported the development of an innovative new e-learning programme, Cancer Nursing Careers, which will educate and empower nurses to improve cancer care.

The educational programme will provide learning opportunities for nurses who provide care to people affected by the disease in non-specialist cancer settings – including in primary, secondary, and community care.

The project was developed by Dr Susanne Cruickshank and Professor Jayne Donaldson at the University of Stirling, and Dr Vanessa Taylor, of the University of Huddersfield.

Dr Cruickshank, who has recently taken up the post of Strategic Lead for Applied Health Research at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, said: ‘The current situation with COVID-19 has directly impacted cancer services and it is important that they return to normal as quickly and as safely as possible. Nurses can prepare by undertaking cancer-specific learning, such as the Cancer Nursing Careers programme. This will help to ensure that, regardless of the setting in which they work, nurses have the necessary knowledge and skills to provide appropriate care to those affected by cancer.’

The e-learning resource – funded by a grant from Health Education England – is available on Health Education England’s e-Learning for Healthcare Hub and is available free of charge to nurses, and other health and care professionals, across the UK.