RM Partners is working closely with our partner Trusts, in particular with our host organisation The Royal Marsden, to address workforce pressures identified in the National Cancer Strategy by the Independent Cancer Taskforce. It identified a need to develop a shared vision and strategy for the cancer workforce, so that sustainable ways to fill current gaps and adopt a skill mixed approach to care can be developed. It suggested this strategy should:

  • address immediate workforce gaps
  • identify ways to break down barriers in how care is provided to improve coordination of care
  • ensure the workforce has the rights skills, training and behaviours
  • have the right support to confidently deliver high quality and compassionate care.

Health Education England (HEE) produced and published Cancer Workforce Plan Phase 1: Delivering the cancer strategy to 2021 in December 2017, as the first step in delivering this vision. This document, developed in collaboration with Cancer Alliances, identified seven professions of the most immediate concern to delivery of the cancer strategy – clinical nurse specialists, histopathologists, gastroenterologists, clinical radiologists, diagnostic radiographers, therapeutic radiographers, and oncologists (clinical and medical).

Our workforce programme will focus primarily on building capacity, increasing and mixing skillsets, providing training, education and career development for these clinical professions.

We continue to work collaboratively with HEE on a portfolio of projects seeking to deliver the ambitions of the National Cancer Workforce Plan. Examples of this work include:

  • developing a programme of e-learning aligned to the RCN Cancer Nursing Career and Education Framework.
  • developing a preceptorship pathway for diagnostic radiographers with the team at e-Learning for Healthcare.
  • working with the Royal College of Pathologists to recruit histopathology doctors through the medical training initiative (MTI) scheme.

For further information please contact Nate Hill.