Cancer Nursing Careers - elearning for healthcare
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This programme is in partnership with...
  • RM Partners, West London Cancer Alliance
  • University of Stirling
  • University of Huddersfield
  • Health Education England_New logo 2021

Available on the Learning Hub

This programme is available on the NHS Learning Hub. We recommend you read the information on this webpage to find out more about the programme before you access the learning (

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About the Cancer Nursing Careers programme

This programme has been developed to provide cancer-specific learning opportunities for registered nurses who provide care to people affected by cancer (PABC) in non-specialist cancer settings including primary, secondary and community services. All nurses, regardless of practice setting, are likely to have contact with PABC and, to enhance their practice, should have an understanding of cancer and its treatment, education in the basic principles and practice of cancer care, skills in assessing the cancer care needs of patients and families, and training in communication skills.

The eight elearning sessions align to the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Cancer Nursing Career and Education Framework eight outcomes and are:

  1. The context of cancer nursing
  2. Basic science and treatment of cancer
  3. Nursing assessment and interventions in the management of people affected by cancer
  4. Cancer as a chronic illness/supportive and palliative care
  5. Understanding impact of cancer on the individual, families and health care professionals
  6. Information and communication in cancer care
  7. Clinical leadership and resource management of cancer nursing
  8. Evidence-based and applied research in cancer care

Using the sessions for professional development and revalidation

The cancer specific learning outcomes identified within the sessions aim to ensure induction, consolidation and on-going development of knowledge and skills in cancer care.

The learning from the sessions in this programme can be used:

  • To develop and enhance aspects of care and services for PABC in the area of practice
  • As evidence of continuing professional development for professional revalidation
  • To meet personal and professional development needs
  • To plan a career pathway in cancer nursing to achieve career aspirations

In each of the elearning sessions, you will find:

  • Background information aimed at developing your knowledge and understanding of cancer and caring for PABC
  • Links to literature and web resources
  • Activities to help test your learning and help you to apply your knowledge to your clinical practice
  • Case studies, focused on the four common cancers, to illustrate key learning points

RCN Career and Education Framework for Cancer Nursing (2017)

The RCN ‘Framework’ aims to enhance the delivery of care for PABC in general/non-specialist and specialist cancer services by staff groups including:

  • Pre-registration nursing students at the point of registration
  • Support (unregistered) workers
  • Nursing Associates
  • Registered nurses providing cancer care in general/non-specialist services/roles
  • Registered, senior and advanced level nurses providing cancer care in specialist cancer services/roles

The RCN (2017) Career and Education Framework for Cancer Nursing is available at:

  • elfh-staff-Neha-Baj-learning-profile

    Neha Baj

    Content Development Lead, HEE elfh Programme
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    Andi Blackmore

    Project Manager, HEE elfh Programme
  • Susanne Cruickshank

    Dr Susanne Cruickshank

    Associate Professor in Cancer Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport, University of Stirling (Project lead)
  • elfh-staff-Alex-Drinkall-learning-profile

    Alex Drinkall

    Stakeholder Manager, HEE elfh Programme
  • Professor Jayne Donaldson

    Professor of Nursing and Dean Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport, University of Stirling
  • Vicki Finch

    Vicki Finch

    Workforce Development Project Manager, RM Partners
  • Vanessa Taylor

    Dr Vanessa Taylor

    Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Huddersfield
  • Karen Walker - ID

    Karen Walker

    Learning Designer, HEE elfh Programme


  • Dr Sarah Ashelford – Lecturer in Biological Sciences, University of York
  • Sandra Campbell – Macmillan Nurse Consultant for Cancer & Palliative Care, NHS Forth Valley
  • Monica De Oliveira – Staff Nurse, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

How to access

To access this elfh programme, you will require a Learning Hub account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below. Note that if you hold a full elfh account, you can sign into the Learning Hub using your existing login credentials.


To view the Cancer Nursing Careers programme, select the View button below. If you already have a Learning Hub account, you will also be able to login and access the resources within the programme.


NHS healthcare staff in England – ESR

The Cancer Nursing Careers programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this e-learning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.

Further details are available here.

Not an NHS organisation?

If you are not an NHS health or care organisation and therefore do not qualify for free access to the Learning Hub, you may be able to access the service if you have an existing OpenAthens account. Please go to Learning Hub and sign in with your existing credentials.

If you do not have an existing OpenAthens account, please contact elfh directly to check whether you may be eligible for access.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the Cancer Nursing Careers programme, please contact elfh directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact elfh directly to express interest.

More information

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