Cheshire and Merseyside have one of the largest numbers of CSWs working in a variety of roles. Building on the success of our Cancer Development Programme, we have created a virtual ‘Principles of Cancer Care Programme’ (PCCP), a 4-day programme designed for the supportive and assistive workforce. The programme is aligned to NHSE’s ACCEND framework which can be accessed here.
Did you know there are over 30 titles for support workers in cancer services? Cancer Support Worker, Cancer Navigator, Cancer Care Coordinator – whatever the job title, support workers in cancer care are one of the fastest growing workforces within the NHS. From supporting patients with a suspected or confirmed cancer diagnosis in primary or secondary care to prehabilitation and rehabilitation programmes, they are pivotal in helping to deliver quality, safe care to patients and their families.
Since it’s conception the role remains unregistered and unregulated. To address this, NHS’s ACCEND programme aims to standardise titles, job descriptions and education to help individuals, patients and the wider healthcare worker force have confidence in the role in cancer services.
Cheshire and Merseyside introduced the first Cancer Support Worker in 2012. The workforce continues to increase and grow in a variety of areas. Click the buttons below for an insight into the role as described by the assistive and supportive workforce in Cheshire and Merseyside.