Learning and development resources

This page contains learning and development resources covering prevention and early diagnosis, treatment and care of a cancer patient, and supporting patients with palliative care needs.

Early diagnosis and prevention:

GatewayC – a free high-quality online cancer education programme developed for healthcare professionals across England, but mainly those working in primary care.

There are over 20 online courses covering various topics, from site-specific early diagnosis to the care that can be provided to patients throughout their cancer journey. All courses are RCGP accredited and supported by Cancer Research UK, Macmillan Cancer Support and other major cancer charities.

GatewayC also includes resources for healthcare professionals to engage with key issues of the day and generate debate regarding NHS recovery and clinical decision-making. Webinars can be viewed live, or the recordings and additional resources can be accessed on-demand.

Treatment and care

Northern Cancer Alliance webinar detailing the new combined GI referral pathway (recorded 03/03/2022)

Supporting patients with palliative care needs:

For many patients and their families, high quality palliative care is an important part of care at the end of life. See https://northerncanceralliance.nhs.uk/palliative-and-end-of-life-care/

Other helpful websites include:

Dying matters – training in end of life conversations for professionals.


Hospice UK – a programme of masterclasses and workshops.  https://professionals.hospiceuk.org/what-we-offer/courses-conferences-and-learning-events/learning-events

Health Education England – this e-learning programme End of Life Care for All (e-ELCA) aims to enhance the training and education of the health and social care workforce so that well-informed high quality care can be delivered by confident and competent staff and volunteers to support people who are in their last days of life. For further information click here. 

Understanding the patient experience – Margaret’s story

We are immensely grateful to Margaret for sharing her cancer journey and giving us the opportunity to stop and think about how we can better support and work with people.

This film and resource pack aim to provide education and increase awareness, allowing people to think about their individual rolls within health or social care and how and when they offer support to individuals.

We are immensely grateful to Margaret for sharing her story and giving us the opportunity to stop and think about how we can better support and work with people with a learning disability.

This film and resource pack are aimed at people working within: primary and secondary care, social care and third sector organisations who support individuals with a learning disability.

If you are viewing the film independently we ask you to look at the learning points within the Margaret’s story resource pack. The resource pack also includes a session plan, so the film can be shared as part of a team meeting or education event. To access a copy of the resource pack please click here.

Full length version of Margaret’s story (approximately 11 minutes).

Short version of Margaret’s story (approximately 7 minutes).

Additional sources of learning and development:

Cancer Research UK  https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/awareness-and-prevention

Macmillan https://www.macmillan.org.uk/healthcare-professionals/macmillan-professionals/learning-and-development – (need to create an account)

Royal College of General Practice https://elearning.rcgp.org.uk/course/index.php?categoryid=20

FutureNHS (open to anyone working in or for health and social care) FutureNHS Collaboration Platform – FutureNHS Collaboration Platform