University of Edinburgh | May 2019 | £6M boost to train doctors in cancer research
Cancer Research UK has awarded more than £6 million to its research centres in Edinburgh and Glasgow to train early-career doctors to conduct medical research, known as clinician scientists.
Clinical Academic Training Programme will introduce new measures, including more flexible training options and improved mentorship and networking opportunities, It will better support women clinicians who want to get involved and stay in cancer research.
In particular, the programme will offer a new type of qualification – known as an MB-PhD – which allows doctors to study for a PhD earlier in their medical training.
Traditionally, becoming a clinician scientist involves doctors taking time out of training to undertake a PhD before returning to complete their medical specialism.
Many doctors – particularly women – do not return to research after qualifying as consultants. As a result, the number of clinician scientists in Scotland is in decline, particularly in senior posts.
Now the joint Clinical Academic Training Programme will introduce new measures, including more flexible training options and improved mentorship and networking opportunities, It will better support women clinicians who want to get involved and stay in cancer research.
In particular, the programme will offer a new type of qualification – known as an MB-PhD – which allows doctors to study for a PhD earlier in their medical training (Source: University of Edinburgh).
Royal College of Radiologists workforce report highlights continuing struggle to staff UK cancer centres
This report from the Royal College of Radiologists provides information on the number, distribution and working patterns of consultant-grade oncologists employed in NHS cancer centres. It also forecasts workforce numbers and working patterns and estimates the extent to which future workforce supply and demand for cancer treatments are aligned. The report is intended to inform local and national oncology workforce training, planning and policy.
Based on data from every UK cancer hospital, the report reveals:
One-in-six UK cancer centres now operates with fewer clinical oncology consultants than five years ago
Vacancies for clinical oncology posts are now double what they were in 2013 – with more than half of vacant posts empty for a year or more
The UK’s clinical oncology workforce is currently 18 per cent understaffed – without investment the shortfall is predicted to grow to at least 22 per cent by 2023
To close the gap between supply and demand for cancer doctors, oncology trainee numbers need to at least double. Even with that investment, the gap would not be closed until 2029.
Early diagnosis and the cancer workforce in the NHS long-term plan | House of Commons Library
This debate pack provides some background information on early diagnosis and the cancer workforce in the NHS long-term plan, and brings together related news articles, press releases and parliamentary material.
Cancer Research UK|November 2018 |Securing a cancer workforce for the best outcomes: the future demand for cancer workforce in England
Cancer Research UK (CRUK) has published Securing a cancer workforce for the best outcomes: the future demand for cancer workforce in England, this document comes in response
To successfully anticipate workforce needs in cancer, it is essential to consider both how many patients are expected to be diagnosed and treated in the future, and the likely areas in which cancer services will change. As such CRUK wanted to explore the future demand for staff in more depth, to demonstrate how this approach could be taken in a long-term plan for the workforce. CRUK wanted this to highlight the scale of increase required to meet the future needs of cancer patients, as well as consider what impact potential changes in services could have on staffing requirements in the NHS. CRUK commissioned 2020 Delivery to develop the model that we used to generate these estimates (Source: CRUK).
Clinical oncology UK workforce census 2017 report| The Royal College of Radiologists
The clinical oncology UK workforce census report provides a unique profile of the clinical oncology workforce in the UK. This years’ figures highlight the ongoing workforce shortages putting consultants and department under intense pressure. The key findings show that:
Demand for cancer services continues to outstrip the workforce supply
Increased pressure on services mean that time allocated to supporting professional activities is being erroded, potentially impacting on the quality of services
Training numbers are insufficient to replenish the current shortages in the workforce
Experienced oncologists are being lost from the workforce through retirements.
Full team ahead: understanding the UK non-surgical cancer treatments workforce. Cancer Research UK
This report from Cancer Research UK investigates the current and future needs, capacity, and skills of the non-surgical oncology workforce to provide optimal treatment to the UK population. This is the first time UK-wide data has been collected on the non-surgical oncology workforce as a whole and it identifies gaps in the data. Interviews with workforce groups were carried out to confirm the accuracy of data collection done by health services and professional bodies.
The report ‘Full team ahead’ outlines the findings and recommendations from this research.
New specialists will speed up cancer diagnoses and improve access to treatment
The UK is facing increased demand for cancer treatments based on the growing number of cases of cancer diagnosed each year and the fact that people are living for longer with cancer. Around 357,000 people in the UK were diagnosed with cancer in 2014. In the year 2022, it has been projected that there will be around 422,000 new cases.
The NHS is to employ more cancer specialists, to speed up cancer diagnoses and get more people into treatment more quickly. The specialists will be trained in areas where there are shortages. It is part of Health Education England’s new Cancer Workforce Plan.
Announcements of extra provision include:
200 clinical endoscopists – to investigate suspected cancers internally
300 reporting radiographers – to identify cancers using x-rays and ultrasound
support for clinical nurse specialists – to lead services and provide quality care
The plan is part of a campaign to make sure patients are diagnosed quickly and get better access to innovative treatments that can improve survival rates.
More than half of GPs and nurses fear that soaring workload means the NHS workforce is no longer able to provide adequate care to cancer patients, according to polling by charity Macmillan Cancer Support. | story via GP Online
A total of 52% of 250 GPs and nurses polled by the cancer charity said they were not confident that cancer patients could be offered the care they needed given current pressures on the NHS.
More than a third warned that some cancer patients are going to A&E because treatment is not available in the community. Some 44% of GPs and nurses said cancer was not being picked up as early as it should be and 31% said paitents were not receiving the care they needed after cancer treatment because of pressures on the NHS workforce.
Respondents to the poll cited growing numbers of patients, more complex workloads and growing problems with gaps or vacancies as their top concerns about the healthcare workforce.