Courses

Our courses are designed by GPs and education specialists in collaboration with leading clinical experts and patients affected by cancer. We use a range of interactive simulations, filmed case studies, specialist interviews and other exercises to engage users to consider how to apply learning to difficult clinical scenarios. All courses are accredited by the RCGP and follow NICE NG12 guidance.

Early diagnosis  

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Improving the Quality of Your Referral

This course assists healthcare professionals in making clinically appropriate suspected cancer referrals and preparing patients. You will be presented with video interviews from specialists and user representatives to consider. These are accompanied by an action plan to put your learning into practice.

This course covers the following topics:

  • Making the right decision: clinical decision making and safety netting, including a toolkit to support this
  • Preparing your patient: what patients want to know when a referral is made, to effectively support them and to reduce the number of DNAs
  • Completing quality referrals: information that should be included in the referral to reduce avoidable delays at secondary care

Specialist interviews include:

Personal stories: 

1 CPD hour available, plus optional 1 hour Learning Event.

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Lung Cancer

This course aims to support healthcare professionals with the early diagnosis of lung cancer. Key elements of the course include an exploration of examinations including fi­nger clubbing, investigations, lung cancer in non-smokers, genomics and targeted lung health checks.

This course will support you to:

  • Understand the skills necessary to identify and pick up cues about possibly lung cancer symptoms and facilitate disclosure
  • Identify and apply specific screening questions to elicit risk of lung cancer
  • Discuss confi­dently with patients the reasons for referral and the next steps
  • Be aware of referral pathways, the process for urgent referrals, and safety netting processes

Specialist interviews:

  • Dr Matthew Evison, Consultant in Respiratory Medicine
  • Dr Fiona Lalloo, Consultant Clinical Geneticist

1 CPD hour available, plus optional 1 hour Learning Event.

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Colorectal Cancer
This course assists primary care staff in effectively assessing and managing patients with a potential colorectal cancer diagnosis. You will be presented with interactive video consultations introducing Simon Jenkins, aged 38, who visits his GP with abdominal symptoms. These are accompanied by a range of activities to reinforce key learning points.

This course will support you to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the skills necessary to identify and pick up cues about possible colorectal cancer symptoms and facilitate disclosure
  • Identify and apply specific screening questions to elicit risk of colorectal cancer
  • Increase knowledge and confidence in decision making around colorectal cancer referrals
  • Discuss confidently with patients the reasons for referral and the next steps for diagnosis
  • Be aware of the referral pathways and the process for urgent referrals, and safety netting processes

Specialist interviews:

  • Mr Malcom Wilson, Consultant Colorectal and Peritoneal Oncology Surgeon
  • Dr Fiona Lalloo, Consultant in Cancer Genetics

1 CPD hour available, plus option 1 hour Learning Event.

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Brain Tumour
This course aims to assist primary care staff in effectively assessing and managing patients with a potential brain tumour diagnosis. You will be presented with interactive video consultations based on three patients with differing symptoms. These are accompanied by a range of activities to reinforce key learning points.

This course will support you to:

  • Recognise and explore the different ways in which brain tumours can present
  • Make confident headache assessments
  • Consider the concept of “headache plus”
  • Confidently assess the need for referral in accordance with NICE NG12 guidelines

Specialist interviews:

  • Dr Rajiv Mohanraj, Consultant Neurologist, discussing the difference in headache characteristics
  • Dr Catherine McBain, Consultant Neuro-Oncologist, addressing typical indicators of deteriorating neurological function
  • Lorcan Butler, Optometrist and the Optical Engagement Manager at The Brain Tumour Charity

1 CPD hour available, plus optional 1 hour Learning Event.

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Oesophageal Cancer
This course aims to increase healthcare professionals’ confi­dence in identifying symptoms and risk factors indicative of possible oesophageal cancer and differentiate between referral pathways. This course features Frank, an elderly gentleman who visits his GP requesting a repeat prescription.

This course will support you to:

  • Recognise symptoms and risk factors associated with oesophageal cancer
  • Explore strategies to allow patients to discuss well-being
  • Differentiate causes and locations of dysphagia
  • Increase confi­dence in discussing and making referrals to specifi­c urgent pathways

Specialist interviews:

  • Mr Simon Galloway, Consultant General and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon covers:
    • Symptoms, investigations and treatments
    • Dysphagia
    • Barrett’s oesophagus

1 CPD hour available, plus optional 1 hour Learning Event.

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Stomach Cancer
This course assists primary care sta­ff in assessing symptoms of stomach cancer, recognising potential risk factors and understanding which investigations are essential to support clinical decisions when referring for potential GI cancers. You will be presented with interactive video consultations introducing Dave Healey, a patient who visits his GP with indigestion and heartburn. These are accompanied by a range of activities to reinforce key learning points.

This course will support you to:

  • Assess lifestyle and risk factors
  • Recognise the symptoms of stomach cancer
  • Explore the use of PPIs
  • Deliver test results over the telephone and in clinic
  • Evaluate the role of investigations and when to appropriately make urgent referrals

Specialist interviews:

  • Dr Was Mansoor, Consultant Medical Oncologist, outlining risk factors, PPIs, symptoms of stomach cancer and possible investigations

1 CPD hour available, plus optional 1 hour Learning Event.

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Pancreatic Cancer

This course aims to assist healthcare professionals in exploring and assessing symptoms possibly indicative of pancreatic cancer and increase confidence in clinical decision-making regarding referral on a suspected cancer pathway.

This course will support you to:

  • Develop skills which enable patients to articulate their symptoms and concerns
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the skills necessary to identify pancreatic cancer and pick up cues and facilitate disclosure
  • Recognise a number of, often uncertain, symptoms that can be associated with pancreatic cancer
  • Demonstrate increased knowledge and confidence in decision making around pancreatic cancer referrals

Specialist interviews include:

  • Dr Thomas Satyadas, Consultant General Surgeon
  • Dr Fiona Lalloo, Consultant in Cancer Genetics

1 CPD hour available, plus optional 1 hour Learning Event

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Ovarian Cancer
This course aims to support healthcare professionals to recognise symptoms, understand genetic risk factors and comprehend essential investigations. This course focuses on Karen Smith, a 54 year old woman, who visits her GP with bloating and frequent sharp pain in her upper abdomen.

This course will support you to:

  • Increase recognition of the symptoms of ovarian cancer
  • Understand how genetic risk factors increase the likelihood of a cancer diagnosis
  • Increase confidence in decision-making about appropriate investigations to undertake

Specialist interviews:

  • Gordon Jayson, Professor of Medical Oncology, discusses the symptoms of new onset IBS and ovarian cancer, and improved detection
  • Dr Emma Woodward, Consultant Clinical Geneticist, explains the link between family history and genetics, and the role of a cancer geneticist

1 CPD hour available, plus optional 1 hour Learning Event.

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Cervical Cancer

This course aims to support healthcare professionals to develop their skills in recognising the presentations of cervical cancer and increase confidence in clinical decision-making when referring patients on a suspected cancer pathway.

This course will support you to:

  • Identify signs and symptoms associated with cervical cancer
  • Consider risk factors and prevention of cervical cancer
  • Explore the role and transmission of HPV in cervical cancer and the stigma and misunderstanding that can be associated with HPV
  • Increase confidence in discussing abnormal cell changes with patients and when, and when not, to refer patients on a suspected cancer pathway
  • Increase understanding of colposcopy investigations and effectively support patients during this process

Specialist interviews

  • Dr Brett Winter-Roach, Consultant Gynaecological Oncology Surgeon
  • Kate Sanger, Head of Policy and Communications at Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust

1 CPD hour available, plus an optional 1-hour learning event

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Breast Cancer Recurrence
The course aims to support healthcare practitioners in recognising the symptoms of breast cancer recurrence and improve con­fidence in decision-making regarding referral back to breast cancer services. This course features a ­filmed consultation of a patient, Liz, who had breast cancer 10 years ago and visits her GP to discuss an aching pain in her hip.

This course will support you to:

  • Increase your awareness of symptoms of breast cancer recurrence
  • Understand different patterns of recurrence in different tumour types
  • Increase your confi­dence in decision-making about referring suspected recurrence
  • Explore ways in which psychological support can be offered to patients fearing a recurrence

Specialist interviews:

  • Dr Richard Simcock, Consultant Clinical Oncologist and Consultant Medical Adviser at Macmillan Cancer Support

Personal stories:

  • Jo Taylor, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 and has since founded the organisation ABCD, After Breast Cancer Diagnosis
  • Natalie Woodford, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 and secondary breast cancer in 2017

1 CPD hour available, plus optional 1 hour Learning Event.

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Prostate Cancer – Metastatic
This course supports primary care sta­ff in assessing patients for advanced prostate cancer, discussing raised PSA levels and making clinical decisions around referral with a patient with diminished capacity.

You will be presented with interactive video consultations introducing Bernie Johnson, an elderly patient who visits his GP with early onset dementia and incontinence. These are accompanied by a range of activities to reinforce key learning points.

This course will support you to:

  • Examine treatment options for a patient with dementia
  • Increase your confidence in referring patients with metastatic prostate cancer and dementia
  • Explore what investigations are appropriate and interpret the findings
  • Confidently assess the need for referral in accordance with NICE NG12 guidelines

Specialist interviews:

Mr Satish Maddineni, Consultant Urologist, discussing Bernie’s symptoms and further possible investigations and treatment pathways

1 CPD hour available, plus optional 1 hour Learning Event.

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Prostate Cancer – Symptomatic
This course supports primary care staff to assess which patients are most at risk of developing prostate cancer, identify the different ways in which prostate cancer can present and explore appropriate investigations.

You will be presented with interactive video consultations featuring Terry Wright, a patient who presents to his GP with ongoing urinary symptoms. These are accompanied by a range of activities to reinforce key learning points.

This course will support you to:

  • Appraise which patients are most at high risk of prostate cancer, including risk derived from a patient’s ethnic background
  • Identify early indicators of the disease and elicit symptoms from patients
  • Explore what investigations are appropriate and interpret the findings
  • Confidently assess the need for referral in accordance with NICE NG12 guidelines

Specialist interviews:

  • Mr Satish Maddineni, Consultant Urologist, addressing high risk patients and the role of genetics and family history

1 CPD hour available, plus optional 1 hour Learning Event.

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Myeloma
This course aims to assist healthcare professionals who are working with patients facing a possible myeloma diagnosis. You will be presented with interactive video consultations introducing June Taylor, aged 70, who visits her GP for a routine medication review for her arthritis.

This course will support you to:

  • Recognise common myeloma indicators, such as hypercalcaemia and renal dysfunction
  • Distinguishing concerning pain from common back pain in patients
  • Eff­ectively monitor patients who have been diagnosed with MGUS
  • Confidently assess the need for referral in accordance with NICE NG12 guidelines

Specialist interviews:

  • Dr Neil Rabin, Consultant Haematologist, outlining the symptoms of myeloma and appropriate investigations; including the role of serum protein electrophoresis and Bence-Jones protein urine test

1 CPD hour available, plus an optional 1 hour Learning Event.

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Chronic Leukaemia
This course explores the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) and chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL).

You will be presented with interactive video consultations and case studies based on patients with differing symptoms. These are accompanied by a range of immersive activities to reinforce key learning points.

This course will support you to:

  • Increase awareness of symptoms and diagnosis of chronic leukaemia
  • How to interpret FBC results to establish which patients need to be seen by a specialist
  • Confidently assess the need for referral in accordance with NICE NG12 guidelines

Specialist interviews:

  • Dr Adrian Bloor, Consultant Oncologist, discussing the difference between chronic and acute leukaemia
  • Dr Cathy Heaven, Associate Director of Education, addressing breaking bad news to patients
  • Dr Stephen Tomkinson, GP Trainer

1 CPD hour available, plus optional 1 hour Learning Event.

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Acute Leukaemia
Acute leukaemia is a condition that usually requires immediate treatment as it progresses rapidly and aggressively. This course examines how initial symptoms of acute leukaemia may present and explores the next steps for patients that require urgent referral.

This course will present with interactive video consultations and case studies, accompanied by a range of immersive activities to.

This course will support you to:

  • Increase awareness of symptoms and diagnosis of acute leukaemia
  • Con­fidently assess the need for referral in accordance with NICE NG12 guidelines
  • Increase confi­dence in discussing urgent referrals with patients
  • Develop awareness of appropriate safety netting for acute leukaemia

Specialist interviews:

  • Dr Eleni Tholouli, Consultant Haematologist, discussing a full blood count (FBC), how to proceed if results indicate leukaemia and supporting patients both during and after treatment
  • Dr Adrian Bloor, Consultant Oncologist, discussing the difference between chronic and acute leukaemia

2 CPD hours available.

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Lymphoma
This course assists healthcare professionals who are working with patients facing a possible lymphoma diagnosis. You will be presented with interactive video consultations introducing Sophie Rushton, aged 22, as she describes her symptoms to her GP. These are accompanied by a range of activities to reinforce key learning points.

This course will support you to:

  • Recognise and e­ffectively monitor a neck lump and other red flag symptoms
  • Evaluate the most appropriate investigations and assess the need for referral in accordance with NICE NG12 guidelines
  • Explore how to talk honestly about referral with patients and how to support them through the process

Specialist interviews:

  • Miss Susannah Penney, Consultant Head, Neck and Thyroid Surgeon, discussing associated symptoms of lymphoma and when to refer
  • David Wright, Lead Nurse for Teenagers and Young Adults, discussing how to explain a suspected cancer referral to a young patient
  • Eleni Tholouli, Consultant Haematologist

2 CPD hours available.

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Early detection testing 

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Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT)
This course increases health professionals’ understanding in using FIT as a screening tool and appropriate use with symptomatic patients; aiding decision making for referrals on a suspected cancer pathway. Watch an interactive video consultation of Simon Jenkins presenting abdominal symptoms to his GP and the story of Beth Purvis. Both did not fit the typical demographic for bowel cancer.

This course will support you to:

  • Understand the key di­fferences between FIT in screening and symptomatic patients
  • Increase confidence using FIT as a screening tool in symptomatic patients
  • Recognise which symptomatic patients are suitable for FIT
  • Understand the significance of safety netting FIT results in a symptomatic patient

Specialist interviews:

  • Dr Rory Harvey, Consultant Physician: FIT and symptomatic patients
  • Dr Lisa Wilde, Director of Research and External A­ffairs: Benefits of FIT

Personal stories: 

  • Beth Purvis shares her story and the use of FIT in younger symptomatic patients

1 CPD hour available.

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Responding to a PSA Screening Request
With a recent spotlight on PSA screening in the media, this course assists healthcare professionals in confidently discussing requests for a PSA test with patients. You will be presented with interactive video consultations with George Hyett, an asymptomatic and low-risk patient. These are accompanied by a range of activities to reinforce key learning points.

This course will support you to:

  • Examine the advantages and disadvantages of testing asymptomatic males
  • Increase your confidence in responding to men asking for PSA testing
  • Explore risk factors and the ways in which prostate cancer can present
  • Confidently discuss PSA results and subsequent investigations with patients

Specialist interviews:

  • Mr Satish Maddineni, Consultant Urologist, conveying the symptoms of prostate cancer and the importance of digital rectal examinations (DRE)

2 CPD hours available.

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Supportive care 

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Managing Physical Effects
This course reviews the common side e­ffects of cancer treatments and aims to help in the identification and management of some specific long-term eff­ects, such as peripheral neuropathy and lymphoedema. It also provides information on how to support optimal bone and cardiovascular health after treatment for cancer.

This course will support you to:

  • Understand diff­erent types of cancer treatments and their short and long-term side e­ffects
  • Explore how to support patients living with peripheral neuropathy
  • Explore how to support patients living with lymphoedema
  • Understand the impact of cancer treatment on cardiac and bone health and how to monitor this in primary care

Specialists interviews:

  • Dr Pauline Leonard, Consultant Medical Oncologist, discusses types of cancer treatments and their side e­ffects
  • Dr Vivek Misra, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, outlines peripheral neuropathy and discusses methods to prevent and manage this
  • Karen Livingstone, Clinical Specialist in Physiotherapy and Lymphoedema, describes methods to treat lymphoedema
  • Dr Ashling Lillis, Consultant in Acute Medicine, discusses cardiovascular disease and bone health in patients that have had cancer treatments

1 CPD hour available, plus optional 1 hour Learning Event.

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Supporting Your Patients
This course aims to support healthcare professionals in identifying individual patients’ needs and how they can be supported at each stage of their cancer journey.

This course will support you to:

  • Recognise and support the emotional, social and physical needs of patients at each stage of their cancer journey
  • Prepare patients for cancer treatments
  • Understand when and where to signpost/refer patients for support and information

Specialist interviews:

  • Dr Anthony Cunliffe, National Lead GP Adviser for Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Dr Ashling Lillis, Consultant in Acute Medicine and a National Consultant Advisor at Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Dr Pauline Leonard, Consultant Medical Oncologist
  • Dr Karen McEwan, GP Partner at the Park View Group Practice, Macmillan GP Cancer Care Commissioning Lead, GP Lead for Planned Care and Primary Care Lead for Prehab4Cancer
  • Zoe Merchant, Programme Lead for the Prehab4Cancer and Recovery Programme
  • Robin Muir, Clinical psychologist at Maggie’s Manchester
  • Anne Crook, Counsellor and CBT Psychotherapist

Personal stories: 

  • Madeleine Mansfield talks about her husband Steve who sadly passed away from stomach cancer in March 2016

1.5 CPD hours available.

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Lung Cancer – End of Life Care
This module is split into three courses, which support health professionals who are working with patients approaching the end of their life, and their families. You will be presented with interactive video consultations accompanied by a range of activities to reinforce key learning points.

This course will support you to:

  • Effectively support couples through the transition into end of life care
  • Manage pain and advance care planning, with particular reference to resuscitation and preferred place of care
  • Manage common end of life symptoms, such as breathlessness

Specialists interviews:

  • Dr David Waterman, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, discussing the importance of conversations around resuscitation and entering the last stages of life
  • Dr Vivek Misra, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, outlining the challenges of diagnosing metastatic spinal cord compression for cancer patients with general pain

3 CPD hours available.

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Colorectal Cancer – Long Term Complications
This course assists primary care professionals to support patients living with the late eff­ects commonly experienced after colorectal cancer treatment. You will be presented with interactive video consultations based on Simon, a patient recovering from surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. The videos are accompanied by a range of activities to reinforce key learning points. This course will support you to:

  • Enable patients to articulate their concerns around fear of recurrence and provide appropriate reassurance
  • Understand how to assess, respond to and off­er support to a patient presenting with peripheral neuropathy, altered bowel habit and sexual dysfunction
  • Make an informed decision regarding fit notes

Specialist interviews:

  • Anne Crook, Counsellor in Psycho-oncology, discussing health anxiety and fear of recurrence
  • Mr Stephen Booth, Urology CNS, addressing impotence and how to approach this subject with patients
  • Dr Vivek Misra, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, outlining peripheral neuropathy and late effects of chemotherapy

2 CPD hours available.

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