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Specialist cancer care competencies consultation

Have your say on the development of specialist cancer care competencies for Healthcare Support Workers (HCSW) in NHS Wales.



The aim of this consultation is to share the specialist cancer care competencies for NHS Wales and invite comments. 

These competencies aim to transform the career pathways and associated education opportunities for the workforce to develop core knowledge, skills, and behaviours to care for people affected by cancer.


Get involved

There are three ways to have your say in the consultation:

  1. Provide your feedback via the questionnaire.
  2. Book a space on one of the workshops between the 20 May and 23 June below:
  3. Request a workshop for your professional staff groups and meetings by contacting

This consultation phase is live from 20 May and closes on the 23 June.



The Cancer Network in Wales has launched a three-year improvement plan to enhance the skills and education of cancer care professionals in the NHS. This plan focuses on improving access to specialised training and creating clear career paths to help with recruitment and retention.

Special attention is being given to healthcare support workers, who play a crucial role but currently have limited access to specialised training. The Cancer Network is working with Health Education and Improvement Wales to develop a competency framework for support workers, providing a clear pathway for career development in cancer care.

The competencies have been developed to align with the UK-wide Aspirant Cancer Career and Education Development Programme (ACCEND), ensuring consistency in training and education across levels of cancer care. This framework will cover supportive, assistive, and pre-registration levels, aiming to equip the workforce with the necessary knowledge and skills to provide high-quality care. The goal is to support healthcare workers in their roles and ensure they can deliver safe and effective care to cancer patients.


Supporting documents

You may be asked about your opinion on the following documents relating to the consultation: