A new project endorsed by Cancer Research UK is seeking radiographers to take part in a survey to evaluate current and future shortages in the non-surgical oncology treatment workforce.
Supported by the SCoR, as well as the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine and the Royal College of Radiologists, the study aims to understand how new models of care can be used to mitigate workforce gaps, encourage innovative ways of working, and share education and training needs.
The key aims are to:
1. Inform and shape CRUK policy on the required and desired cancer workforce across all the UK.
2. Inform CRUK’s contribution and response to Health Education England’s review of the cancer workforce (expected March 2017).
3. Contribute to CRUK’s understanding of the delivery of the Scottish Cancer Plan, influence the updated Cancer Plan of Wales and the forthcoming Cancer Plan in Northern Ireland.
“A good response rate to the survey is essential to develop modelling assumptions and get a more representative picture of hospitals across the UK,” Charlotte Beardmore, the SCoR director of professional policy, said.
Spencer Goodman, radiotherapy professional officer, commented, “To bring the insights, experiences, and ideas of the workforce to the forefront of this research, we encourage members to complete the short (10-12 minute) survey that is being launched across the whole UK oncology treatment workforce.
”It is a great opportunity to have your concerns or innovations represented in a national report. Please forward this survey invite on to any team members or colleagues that also work in non-surgical cancer treatment. The link is open to all of the cancer workforce and a high response rate will mean greater credibility for the end results and report."
Deadline for submissions is Friday, 24 February.
Any questions, please contact Katie Burns.