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Patients will present to primary, community and urgent care workers, and role-specific appropriate education should be available to ensure that they have the skills required to recognise acute oncology presentations and know how to access support and advice.

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The following staff groups may benefit from recieving this level of acute oncology education as an introduction:
  • Ambulance patient carers / handlers

  • 111 call handlers

  • 999 call handlers

  • Community / Primary Care Nurses, and Healthcare Support Teams

  • General Practice Teams

  • Hospital and Community Allied Health Professionals

  • Students: Nurses / Medical students / Allied Healthcare Professionals

  • Non-oncology Clinical Nurse Specialists (e.g. Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialists)

  • All healthcare professionals working in non-oncology specialist areas that accept, assess and/or admit acutely unwell patients

  • Diagnostic Radiographers

  • Hospital and Community Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians and Assistants

  • Administrative personnel who have regular patient contact, e.g. medical secretaries







Macmillan Cancer Support have developed an Acute Oncology e-learning module which is on the new ‘Learning and Communications Hub’ (LCH) which was launched in May. You are welcome to sign in to the hub and access e-learning modules and  workshops.


Macmillan Cancer Support : Introduction to Acute Oncology: emergency situations and how to deal with them  (click this link to register with the hub) 

Provides a basic overview of what to look out for as signs that the person with cancer you are supporting may be acutely unwell due to cancer or side-effects of treatment.

The module aims to:

• Recognise when people affected by cancer need to seek urgent clinical assessment

• Explore urgent cancer care principles and the UKONS triage tool.

• Explanation of the role of acute oncology services and local pathways for seeking urgent clinical assessment.

Who is it for? This is a course aimed at everyone providing information and support to people living with cancer. It is particularly aimed at support workers and volunteers or others providing non-clinical support to people living with cancer, but may be of benefit to clinical staff new to working in cancer care.

This training is open to anyone. 


We would welcome any information about training you have developed as an introduction to acute oncology and would be happy to share it on the website.  Contact us here


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