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Workforce and education are critical to the delivery of the Greater Manchester Cancer (GM Cancer) strategy to improve cancer outcomes for people affected by cancer.

The Workforce and Education team have worked with stakeholders across Greater Manchester and East Cheshire (GMEC) to develop a 5 year cancer workforce strategy to support recommendations in the NHS Long Term Plan (LTP), NHS People Plan, the GM People Plan, and National Cancer workforce plan to grow our cancer workforce.

Our vision

To develop and grow the cancer workforce in Greater Manchester and East Cheshire so that they can respond to the needs of people affected by cancer, adapt to new, improved ways of working, continue to modernise the way they work and embrace technology in order to deliver world class cancer care.

The full strategy and implementation plan, along with information on key projects, can be found on this page.

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The workforce and education team

Suzanne Lilley
Suzanne Lilley
Workforce and Education Programme Director
Jess Docksey
Jess Docksey
Workforce and Education Project Manager
Molly Pipping
Molly Pipping
Workforce and Education Project Manager
Libby Mills
Libby Mills
Workforce and Education Project Manager
Tara Schaaffe
Tara Schaaffe
Assistant Project Manager, Workforce and Education
Louise Retout
Louise Retout
Assistant Project Manager, Workforce and Education
Siobhan Doherty
Siobhan Doherty
Workforce and Education Project Support Officer

Workforce and Education Highlights

Piloting New Roles in the Cancer Workforce

Physician Associates – Greater Manchester cancer was the first cancer alliance to pilot a preceptorship in cancer services for Physician Associates.  This was piloted to support workforce shortages in the urology workforce, specifically CNS and consultants. The PAs proved to be a valuable addition to the cancer workforce bringing complementary skills to the mix.  This project has gained interest nationally and as result of its success there are now a number of cancer pathways who have also adopted the role including lung, acute oncology, haematology, colorectal, and OG.  We have recently received funding from Health Education England to pilot the role to support the skin and head and neck pathways and look forward to reviewing the progress made.  For further information see evaluation below.

National Cancer CNS Day

One of the strategic activities in the Greater Manchester Cancer Workforce strategy is to raise the profile of the Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist workforce to improve recruitment and retention.  We initially intended to achieve this through a local social media campaign, however, we have now gained commitment from all 21 cancer alliances to coordinate activity to showcase the role of the CNS to take place on 15th March with support from HEE, UKONs, RCN and Macmillan.  Find out more (link through to personalised care page)

Upskilling the GM AHP Workforce

We have been fortunate to secure funding to achieve one of the key recommendations above to develop training and education to upskill the generalist AHP workforce. Find out more (link to personalised care page)

Bridging the Gap between Primary and Secondary Care.

We have recently been successful in securing funding from the GM workforce collaborative, HEE and Macmillan to pilot the role of the Cancer support worker in primary care networks to support delivery of personalised care interventions and early diagnosis.  Find out more (links to the personalised care workforce page)

Workforce and education documents and resources

We are the NHS People Plan 2020-2021

We are the NHS: People Plan 2020-2021

Cancer workforce plan: delivering the strategy to 2021

Cancer workforce plan phase 1: delivering the cancer strategy to 2021

Our people plan for Greater Manchester- a workforce strategy from 2020-22

Our people plan for Greater Manchester: a workforce strategy from 2020-2022

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