Cancer Research UK’s Facilitator Programme and Team

Tailored Support for Primary Care and other Health Professionals

What is the Facilitator Programme?

The Facilitator programme is a national initiative which supports healthcare professionals and organisations to improve prevention and early diagnosis. We offer FREE tailored, practical support to help make changes in support of diagnosing cancer earlier.

We help the health system to:

  • Support cancer prevention and promote healthy lifestyles
  • Increase informed uptake of screening programmes
  • Improve recognition and referral of symptomatic cancers

Who we work with

We support healthcare professionals and organisations across England, Scotland, Wales and parts of Northern Ireland including:

  • Primary care (including general practices, pharmacies and dentists)
  • Commissioners (CCGs), Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) and planners of healthcare
  • Public Health & Local authority teams
  • Screening and Immunisation Teams – NHS England
  • Hospitals
  • Cancer Screening Hubs
  • Cancer Alliances and Vanguards
  • Diagnostics providers and secondary care
How we do it?

The facilitators work as a long-term partner to your organisation, providing face-to-face support tailored to the needs of your organisation and local area.

Our offer includes:

  • Helping you to understand your local cancer data and how you the care you provide compares to other areas
  • Introducing a variety of early diagnosis tools and resources
  • Providing training for clinical and non-clinical staff on key topics such as screening programmes , referral guidelines, safety netting
  • Helping you to carry out local audits of the care provided to people with cancer
  • Helping you to find solutions to issues within your organisation and area, by facilitating local action planning
  • Sharing best practice and innovative solutions trailed by other areas
  • Facilitating communication between primary and secondary care
  • Influencing and enhancing strategic planning of health services

“I would encourage anyone to invite them in. Their approach is educational, not telling us what we should do but discussing it with us and what might be helpful in our practice.” – GP

Meet the Team
Facilitator Contact Details Specific Areas Covered
Fiona McQuiston

Mob: 07768 615979

Support across the Cancer Alliance footprint
Sarah Kucukmetin

Mob: Tel 0777 5030782


South Tyneside


Sharon Smith


Mobile: 07919 392451

North Tyneside

County Durham


Angela Atkinson

Mob: 07795 603629


Hartlepool and Stockton

South Tees

Richmond/Hambleton and Whitby

Pete Moody


Mob: TBC





GP Practice Visits

Our GP Practice visits are at the core of our offer and they have proven to be highly effective. These visits create the opportunity for practices to focus on cancer and enable them to embed quality improvement. They allow an interactive focus on that practice and create time for discussion.

An effective practice visit involves us:

  • meeting the whole team at a time to suit their workloads – for example over lunch
  • reviewing their position with them and tailor follow-up support based on the practice’s own priorities
  • arranging an interactive discussion about cancer, their data and ideas for improvement
  • following up with training, advice and resources

Most importantly:

  • 99% of practice visit attendees would recommend them to their colleagues
  • 96% of attendees plan to take action to improve their result

“I would encourage anyone to invite them in. Their approach is educational, not telling us what we should do but discussing it with us and what might be helpful in our practice.” GP

“We are so busy that if it’s not given to us, it’s unlikely that will have the time to go and dig something out…The fact that they were able to come to us with all the figures and toolkits was great. To be honest, much more useful than I expected.”GP

“Incredibly insightful, knowledgeable and supportive. As a result of working closely with a CRUK Facilitator, performance is my current practice has been enhanced at a quicker rate and visits are much more efficient in Bowel Screening which has resulted in positive outcomes.”Public Health Practitioner

Cancer Research UK Facilitator Training

Cancer Research UK Facilitators deliver training to approximately 2400 healthcare professionals each year covering topics across all cancer priority areas, particularly, safety netting and urgent referral guidelines.

For your convenience training can take place at your practice/your place of work at a time that suits you if this helps. Alternatively training can be delivered as part of larger educational events for Federations or CCG areas.

Facilitators Deliver A Wide Range of Educational Workshops

Many of the below are valuable to continual professional development and QCQ evidence for service improvement

  • Cancer Myth Busting
  • Cancer Prevention – Smoking. Obesity Alcohol
  • How to Reduce Barriers to Participation in Cancer Screening
  • Cancer Screening Updates – How do the different Programs Work
  • Cancer Audit Routes to Diagnosis Audit Facilitated Sessions
  • SEAs and Reflective Practice
  • Safety Netting Workshop
  • Non Clinical Cancer Champions Programme
  • Supporting cancer Masterclasses with other partners

“Really enjoyed the training, well put together and informative. Information ready to take away with us. Great communications from (area) staff, GP’s and CRUK staff”

“Good to discuss with other surgeries that attended to share ideas of how to implement in your practice”

“This puts cancer right at the forefront of my mind again. I’m keen to use lots of learning from tonight and be vigilant for those opportunities”

Did you know ….

Four in ten cancers can be prevented.

CRUK Resources to Support You
  • You Can Be Smoke Free
  • Lung Cancer
  • Watch your weight: cut your cancer risk.
  • Let’s eat and drink healthily
  • Obesity campaign poster

Order these from the CRUK publication site