Development of online cancer resources to support pre-registration nurses and allied health professionals
Cancer rates are increasing, and more people are living with cancer and its consequences. Healthcare students will be caring for people affected by cancer in all clinical contexts. However, pre-registration programmes can include limited cancer education and not all students will have the opportunity for a clinical placement in a cancer setting. This can result in healthcare students feeling unprepared to care for people affected by cancer. To address this need, nine e-learning modules, collectively called The Foundations of Cancer Care, have been developed to support students' knowledge, understanding and confidence about cancer. This article outlines the development and peer review of The Foundations of Cancer Care. The resultant modules are freely available to all those with an Open Athens account or NHS or UK university email address via the NHS Learning Hub (https://learninghub.nhs.uk).
One in two people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime (Cancer Research UK, 2018) and it is predicted there will be over five million cancer survivors in the UK in 2040 (Maddams et al, 2012). To sustain and secure the cancer care workforce, it is vital that pre-registration programmes prepare healthcare students to care for people affected by cancer (Armoogum, 2023). However, provision of cancer and end of life care education can be limited in nursing and allied health professionals' programmes (Flood and Shepherd, 2021; Nilsson et al, 2022).
In the UK, the Aspirant Cancer Career and Education Development programme (ACCEND) Framework outlines nationally agreed cancer-focused learning outcomes and core cancer capabilities in practice (CiPs) for pre-registration healthcare students (Potter and Taylor, 2022; Health Education England (HEE), 2023). To increase access to cancer education for pre-registration healthcare students, and support implementation of the ACCEND framework, nine e-learning modules, collectively called ‘The Foundations of Cancer Care’, have been developed. This article outlines the development and peer review evaluation of the modules.
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