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Professional and educational issues in cancer nursing

CN43 - Addressing the professional and educational issues for the cancer nursing and allied health professions workforce: A collaborative, strategic, UK-wide approach


12 Sep 2022


Professional and educational issues in cancer nursing


Multi-Disciplinary and Multi-Professional Cancer Care;  Career Development

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Mark Foulkes


Annals of Oncology (2022) 33 (suppl_7): S820-S826. 10.1016/annonc/annonc1045


J. Armoogum (On behalf of ACCEnD steering committee)1, D. Bell2, K. Bowles3, K. Campbell4, J. Davis5, M. Fores6, M.R. Foulkes7, R. Hammond8, V. Lavender9, S. Lilley10, L. Potter11, V. Taylor12

Author affiliations

  • 1 School Of Health And Social Wellbeing, University of the West of England, BS16 1DD - Bristol/GB
  • 2 Strategy Development, Macmillan Cancer Support, SE1 7UQ - London/GB
  • 3 Professional Engagement, Macmillan Cancer Support, SE1 7UQ - London/GB
  • 4 School Of Health And Social Care, Edinburgh Napier University, EH11 4BN - Edinburgh/GB
  • 5 Centre For Clinical Expertise, Macmillan Cancer Support, SE1 7UQ - London/GB
  • 6 Workforce Delivery, Health Education England, x/GB
  • 7 Berkshire Cancer Centre, Royal Berkshire Hospital - NHS Foundation Trust, RG1 5AN - Reading/GB
  • 8 Cancer Services, Circle Health Group, London/GB
  • 9 Head Of Academy, Guy's Cancer Academy - Guy’s Hospital, SE1 9RT - London/GB
  • 10 Workforce And Education, Greater Manchester Cancer, Manchester/GB
  • 11 National Teams, Health Education England, x/GB
  • 12 School Of Nursing, University of Central Lancashire, PR1 2HE - Preston/GB

Abstract CN43


Cancer will affect 1 in 2 of us during our lifetime. Never has the time to focus upon the cancer workforce been more critical. The importance of developing the cancer workforce has been emphasised globally, within Europe and the United Kingdom (UK). However, within the UK, there is no nationally defined career pathway or agreed overarching competency framework for cancer nurses and the allied health professionals across the spectrum of the cancer workforce.


A multi partnership collaboration within the UK, including Health Education England (HEE), Macmillan Cancer Support, UK Oncology Nursing Society (UKONS) and the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), has developed the Aspirant Cancer Career and Education Development programme (ACCEnD). ACCEnD provides guidance regarding the knowledge and capabilities required by the nursing and allied health professional workforce to care for people affected by cancer.


An overarching career pathway and education framework for nursing and the allied health professions has been developed. To support the implementation of the framework, four workstreams, ranging in focus from pre-registration to strategic leadership, provide guidance on the learning, development and educational needs and resources required to support the workforce throughout their cancer career. Finally, ACCEnD includes the development of a digital portfolio incorporating the framework to record practitioners’ development throughout their career pathway.


The ACCEnD programme seeks to address and provide solutions to key issues that challenge the cancer workforce both now and into the future promoting both recruitment and retention. We welcome the opportunity to present the programme to the European Oncology Nursing Society audience.

Clinical trial identification

Editorial acknowledgement

Legal entity responsible for the study

The authors.


Health Education England, Macmillan Cancer Support.


All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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