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Pan London Training Needs Analysis

7th October 2021

The Pan London Training Needs Analysis (TNA) for Primary, Community and Social Care Staff ran for 8 weeks with 591 responses.
The aim of the TNA is to identify training needs for a number of key professionals in primary and community care, with the understanding that increasing numbers of different professionals are working in the area of primary care, including for example social care workers.

The aim of the TNA was to identify training needs for a number of key professionals in primary and community care, with the understanding that increasing numbers of different professionals are working in the area of primary care, including for example social care workers.

The TNA was divided into 5 sections:

1)           Demographics

2)           Quiz on cancer (including prevention, screening, ED and PCC)

3)           Awareness and uptake of cancer initiatives in primary care

4)           Information and preference on education and training models

5)           Confidence and experience in managing cancer patients

Key findings:

·       Significantly more respondents of Asian background (40.31%) responded to the TNA compared to the general NHS workforce (10.7% Asian) Figure A compared the percentage of NHS staff in 2020 with the working age population in 2011 by ethnicity. We can see that there is a similar trend between NHS workforce and working age workforce.

·       Gender profiles for the TNA (70% female and 29% male) was comparable to the latest NHS gender profiles (77% female and 23% male) (NHS Employers, 2019)

·       The quiz results achieved by respondents were relatively low (53% on average)

·       Significant number of respondents answered ‘not applicable to my role’ to many of the questions in the awareness and utilisation of the cancer initiatives in primary care section of the TNA (ranging from 31% to 50%)

·       Confidence and experience of our respondents in supporting people at risk of cancer and people living with cancer were generally quite low.

Recommendations:

·       Priority should be given to more regular appraisals. The TNA highlighted concerns about the lack of regular appraisals to identify training and education needs in our health and social care colleagues, this is also relevant for registered and non-registered professionals.

·       More training and education is required to support professionals to deal with sensitive and complex Cancer issues such as relationship, sexuality, infertility and the late effects of Cancer treatment.

Further cohort analysis will be conducted to provide insight into the training needs of social prescribing link workers and non-clinical practice staff.

Primary Care Education Toolkit

TCST’s online primary care education toolkit contains information regarding:

Current cancer training and past webinars
Evaluating training & education framework and training needs assessments
Calendar of London based cancer educational events
Resources and publications: Improving the quality of cancer care in primary care

Please contact England.TCSTLondon@nhs.net if you are aware of any resources that could be added or any local events you would like included in the calendar.

You can access the tookit here

 

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