CLIC Sargent welcomes focus on cancer workforce of the future

CLIC Sargent has welcomed the publication of a report by Health Education England which focuses on what the NHS needs to do to make sure that England has enough of the right staff with the right skills to tackle cancer.

Health Education England consulted with CLIC Sargent and a number of other charities for the Cancer Workforce Plan which was published on Tuesday, 5 December.

In response to the publication of the Cancer Workforce Plan by Health Education England today CLIC Sargent Kate Lee said: “It is great to see the publication of a workforce plan to support the Cancer Strategy – it’s something we and other charities have been calling for.

"We welcome the engagement that Health Education England did with charities and professionals bodies up to the date of publication and are pleased to see this clear plan set out today. 

“We welcome the recognition in Health Education England’s plan that there are many professionals that provide care and support to children and young people with cancer and their families. 

“We also welcome the focus on histopathology in the cancer workforce plan – though would like to see ways of increasing the number of histopathologists who specialise in reviewing paediatric tumours which isn’t specifically mentioned. 

“We do also have concerns around areas of nursing that could impact on the patient experience of children and young people with cancer. We are particularly worried about gaps in paediatric nursing and succession planning as increasing numbers of nurses move towards retirement in the next five to 10 years. We look forward to working with Health Education England over the next few months to ensure these are addressed in the next phase of workforce planning to ensure that children and young people with cancer get the support and services they need.”

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