The Changing Story of Cancer - elearning for healthcare
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This programme is in partnership with...
  • Surrey Heartlands Integrated Care System (ICS)
  • Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Cancer Research UK

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About the Changing Story of Cancer programme

In 2019 Macmillan Cancer Support funded a 2 year programme in Surrey Heartlands Integrated Care System (ICS) to improve relationships between primary, secondary and community care. The programme aims to support patients and their carers whilst living with and beyond cancer.

As part of the programme, an elearning module about cancer as a long-term condition was developed. The module aims to support health and care professionals in understanding that the outcomes for people living with, and beyond cancer, have changed and the relevance of this to their roles.

About the elearning

This elearning module was developed to provide health and care professionals with an introduction to cancer and to support them in feeling confident when talking to patients about cancer as a long-term condition.

Topics include:

• the high-level facts and figures about cancer
• how outcomes for people diagnosed with cancer have improved
• why cancer can be considered a long-term condition
• where to access further training, if required

The module takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and forms part of the continuing professional (CPD) for the NHS workforce.

More information

As part of the 2 year programme in Surrey Heartlands Integrated Care System (ICS), research and literature reviews highlighted:

• 1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime (CRUK, 2015)
• Kearney et al (2003) highlighted that some healthcare professionals had negative attitudes towards cancer, although there had been positive developments in screening and cancer treatments
• public and healthcare professionals’ perceptions of cancer are similar, with an initial negative response (Wood and Ward, 2000; Robb et al, 2014)

  •        local training needs analysis, undertaken across Surrey Heartlands, showed local professionals understanding of their role in supporting people with cancer is variable, providing further evidence of the need to provide educational resources on the topic

Additional Resources

For further information please visit the following websites


Meet the team

  • Alex Greenway

    Alex Greenway

    Macmillan Cancer Pathway Interface Programme Manager, NHS Surrey Heartlands ICS
  • Jane Giles

    Jane Giles

    Macmillan Primary Care Cancer Education Facilitator, NHS Surrey Heartlands ICS
  • Terri Jezeph Patient Representative, NHS Surrey and Sussex Cancer Alliance

    Terri Jezeph

    Patient Representative, NHS Surrey and Sussex Cancer Alliance
  • Jo Harris

    Jo Harris

    Macmillan Practice Educator, NHS Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust
  • Rachel Hinxman

    Rachel Hinxman

    Health professional Facilitator, Surrey Sussex, Cancer Research UK
  • Jonathan Guy

    Jonathan Guy

    Programme Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Dave Beardmore

    Dave Beardmore

    Project Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Sonali Gupta

    Sonali Gupta

    Learning Designer, HEE elearning for Healthcare
  • Rashmi Chavda

    Rashmi Chavda

    Graphic Designer, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Rachel Gowland

    Rachel Gowland

    Communications and Stakeholder Officer, HEE elearning for healthcare, Technology Enhanced Learning

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.

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To view the The Changing Story of Cancer 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.

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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 an HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the The Changing Story of Cancer programme, please contact elfh directly.

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