The Cancer in the Community course is funded by Health Education England and designed for registered nurses working in community settings. It aims to develop their knowledge of cancer prevention, screening, early diagnosis, treatment and treatment toxicities, as well as an understanding of the needs of people living with cancer as a long-term condition. The Transforming Cancer Services Team, (TCST) are collaborating with Central London Community Health to develop the content and support their delivery of the course, following a very successful pilot in South West London.
The course content is carefully tailored to meet the needs of Community nurses, as we recognise they are seeing this group of patients at different stages in their cancer journey. The course covers the following key topics:
• Screening and early diagnosis
• Treatment toxicity and acute oncological emergencies
• Living beyond cancer and personalised care (including case scenarios)
It also involves an innovative virtual placement day where learning is built around patient case studies and supported by peer learning. A small group of patient partners shared their patient stories and contribute to an interactive Q and A session on the final day. Additionally, these patient partners will be invited to review course material and contribute to the evaluation process.
The course participants are invited to complete a work-based learning exercise to earn academic credits through London South Bank University.
The modules will be followed up by a face-to-face event later in the year where nurses from all participants will be invited to attend in order to support embedding the learning into clinical practice.
The first cohort will commence in March 2022. In total four cohorts will run with nurses across London invited to take part.