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Project: Learning and development scoping project: end-of-life

Please note that this project finished in October 2014 and is no longer active.

What did we do?

In order to meet expected standards of care for people affected by cancer (PABC), it was identified that education and training needed to be improved for clinical and non-clinical members of the workforce across Manchester. To address this problem we were commissioned to conduct a cancer-specific learning and development needs scoping project for the entire workforce caring for PABC across Manchester.

Why was it important?

Cancer, palliative and end-of-life care are national priorities as over two million people in the UK are living with or in remission from cancer, of which around 6,500 will die as a direct result of the disease each year in Greater Manchester alone. The various elements of cancer care are provided by a range of clinical and non-clinical staff working as a part of many multi-disciplinary teams, each with the aim to provide the highest level of care possible to every patient.

How did we do it?

Between May and October 2014 we worked to achieve the following objectives:

  • Conduct a workforce analysis for primary, community, and palliative care work streams across Manchester
  • Develop a greater understanding of the roles within various workforces in the delivery of cancer care
  • Develop a cancer-specific learning needs analysis for the clinical and non-clinical workforce
  • Perform a gap analysis to identify potential areas for the implementation of new learning and development within the workforce in line with national recommendations
  • Identify key stakeholders for care delivery in Manchester
  • Identify potential resources for learning and development of cancer care from external organisations.

Who did we work with?

We worked alongside the Macmillan Cancer Improvement Partnership, The University of Manchester’s School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work (SNMSW) and St Ann’s Hospice, with funding coming from Macmillan Cancer Support.


Read the full project report (pdf).

Read the summary project report (pdf).

More information

For more information please contact Michael Spence, Programme Manager, or Prof Gunn Grande, academic lead.