Background to the Understanding Cancer E-learning Project

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The Multi Disciplinary Team (MDT) Meeting is considered to be the gold standard for the diagnosis, treatment and management of all NHS cancer patients within the UK. It is the aim of the project that all MDT meetings are supported by experienced and trained MDT Co-ordinators and associated data staff. Currently, it depends on the local organisational arrangements whether this group of staff receive any training and the quality of such training varies.

Likewise, the cancer registries under the auspices of the UK Association of Cancer Registries (UKACR) are considered to be the national experts for the collection and management for all cancer registration data within the UK.

Although staff within the UKACR organisations receive training based on the UKACR Training Manual and guidance, it has also been recognised that the type and format of training that such staff receive is very similar to that required by the MDT Co-ordinator group. Therefore, a single accredited UK-wide training programme should be explored.

A project was therefore set up, led by Di Riley of the National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN) with representatives from the National Cancer Action Team (NCAT), United Kingdom Association of Cancer Registries (UKACR), Cancer Networks and National Cancer Multi-disciplinary Team Co-ordinators Forum (NCMDTC), to develop such a training programme. The project approach was to develop training in an e-learning format to enable the most flexibility for the large number of staff who could benefit from the course.

Module content

The content for each module has been put together by people who have in-depth knowledge in the subject area. It is reviewed by a clinical expert in the field to ensure the content is factually correct and up-to-date. The agreed content is then transferred into a visually attractive display format designed by the East Midlands Cancer Network, including interactive elements and quizzes. All modules will be subject to an annual review.


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