Cancer: Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 30 June 2023.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Labour/Co-operative, York Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to help ensure that every cancer patient has a navigator to guide them through their treatment.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The NHS Long Term Plan states that all cancer patients will have access to the right expertise and support, including a Clinical Nurse Specialist or other support worker such as a cancer navigator, also known as a pathway navigator.

The Aspirant Cancer Career Education and Development (ACCEND) Programme, funded by NHS England, aims to establish career pathways and transform education and training for a range of staff groups working in cancer, including navigators.

The ACCEND Programme aims to make careers in this area more attractive, while boosting retention and enhancing competencies, supporting the Department’s ambition for a supportive and assistive workforce with the right numbers and right skills to meet the needs of people with cancer.

NHS England is also funding new training routes for navigators, including via apprenticeships.

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