A review of a multiprofessional cancer course

Eur J Cancer Care (Engl). 2002 Jun;11(2):82-90. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2354.2002.00304.x.


The report of the Expert Advisory Group on Cancer (the Calman-Hine Report) (Department of Health 1995) set out a clear framework of services for people with cancer in England and Wales. Subsequent developments, such as The NHS Cancer Plan (Department of Health 2000a), have built on this framework. What emerges clearly from these documents is the importance of a skilled and knowledgeable workforce in delivering high-quality cancer services. Although appropriate educational courses exist for some professional groups, such as nurses, cancer care has traditionally received scant attention in curricula for the allied health professionals (AHPs), either before or after qualification. This article describes the development and successful implementation of a course in cancer care aimed specifically at AHPs. Using Skilbeck's (1984) curriculum model as a framework, the development and design of the course, and aspects of its delivery, are examined. Evaluation of the first 2 years of the course reveals that it is popular and perceived as interesting and relevant to AHPs involved with patients with cancer in general and specialist settings.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Curriculum
  • Education, Continuing / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms*
  • United Kingdom