Workshop 5 – Workforce – Current Challenges and Changing Needs

Speakers:  Camilla Pallesen, Policy Advisor, Cancer Research UK
                  Dr Ralph Marsh, Consultant Radiologist, City Hospitals Sunderland
                  Jacqui Christie, Cancer Imaging Co-ordinator, City Hospitals Sunderland
                  Carol Taylor, Macmillan Integration of Cancer Programme Manager, South Tees NHS FT


Achieving world-class cancer outcomes – a strategy for England 2015-2020 states that Health Education England should work with partners to develop a strategic vision for the future cancer workforce. This workshop has been designed to highlight the national prospective and local initiative to showcase workforce redesign to improve the patient experience and pathway.

Camilla Pallesen, CRUK provide the Cancer Research UK perspective of national progress and highlight challenges and opportunities for delivery.   CRUK published reports on diagnostic capacity, including workforce requirements:

Horizon scanning – An evaluation of imaging capacity across the NHS in England

Scoping the Future – An evaluation of endoscopy capacity across the NHS in England

Testing times to come? – An evaluation of pathology capacity across the UK

Dr Ralph Marsh and Jacqui Christie from City Hospitals Sunderland showcased the first local initiative of the role of the radiology cancer pathway coordinator. This role has revolutionised the administrative ‘hive’ into a central point of contact with strong communication links with all the relevant people.   The role oversees and manages the pathway enabling patients to be tracked and provides the safety netting system.

Carol Taylor shared the methodology used to design the role of the Macmillan Cancer Care Co-ordinators within South Tees Foundation Trust. The co-ordinators work as full members of the cancer team. They support the CNS, providing coordination of care and support for cancer patients, carers and families. The role ensures timely and efficient progress of patient care to avoid breaching of the cancer targets.

Delegates shared examples of practice from across the region; these included examples of ‘one stop shop’ and fast track clinics and examples of role development for radiographers (diagnostic and therapeutic) and acute oncology nurses based within A&E. Discussions include the recognised need for training and the protection and sustainability of new roles.


Workshop Presentations

National Perspective and Challenges – Camilla Pallesen

Cancer Imaging – Ralph Marsh & Jacqui Christie

Macmillan Cancer Care Coordinator – Carol Taylor



The comments and reponses to the evaluation of this workshop are highlighted below.

A selection of the comments in relation to the workshop:

  • Very interested in teh care coordinator role and how it compliments the CNS role
  • Great presentations of diverse innovations and CRUK work
  • Good delivery of challenges faced going forward
  • Excellent, Motivational and Informative
  • Jacqui’s talk most interesting,  More time for discussion would have been goog