MORE than 1,000 workers currently employed in an Allied Health Professional (AHP) role in Greater Manchester are set to benefit from Allies in Cancer Care training.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has awarded a £1.2 million contract to the University of Salford to launch the Allies in Cancer Care training programme, which is part of the three-year Skills for Growth programme and has been made possible through the European Social Fund.

The training programme will be delivered by the University of Salford, in collaboration with The Christie School of Oncology, and supported by the Greater Manchester Cancer Alliance with the aim of providing a greater understanding of what it means to support someone living with cancer and equip them with the skills needed to provide better patient care.

Greater Manchester Cancer Alliance collaborated with the North West Cancer Alliances to conduct a Northwest Allied Health Professionals survey in January 2021, which highlighted the need for additional cancer training, specifically for those in more generalist roles across the region. Allied Healthcare professionals make up the third largest professional workforce in the NHS spanning 14 disciplines. In Greater Manchester, there are over 5,000 Allied Healthcare professionals and almost 1,000 support staff. GMCA looked to address this gap in training and education by committing to invest in the training required, for the benefit of cancer care in the region.

The course will be run exclusively online and will be available from January 2023. There will be multiple enrolments up until September 2023, and each participant will gain a CPD certificate once they have completed their course.