Leukaemia Care launch e-learning platform to coincide with “Blood Cancer Awareness Month”.
Leukaemia Care, a national blood cancer charity, has launched a new nurse e-learning platform to coincide with “Blood Cancer Awareness Month” this September.
Topics covered on the platform include; understanding blood and its components, what is leukaemia, epidemiology, aetiology and risk factors, diagnosis of leukaemia, staging and general management, supportive care for leukaemia patients and emergencies in leukaemia.
Leukaemia Care Nurse Academy
The Leukaemia Care Nurse Academy has been developed alongside the team at FastFacts to provide free training for haematology nurses working at CNS level or those who are aspiring CNS’.
In 2015 NHS England set the target that by 2020 all cancer patients should have access to a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), or other named key-worker. While the National Cancer Patient Experience Survey (CPES) from 2015 suggested that 85% of leukaemia patients had ‘been given the name of a CNS’, findings from the Leukaemia Care 2016 patient experience survey suggest that CNS access is actually much poorer. 38% of leukaemia patients responding to the Leukaemia Care survey said that they had access to a CNS with access varying from 30% access to 50% access across the UK.
The charity hopes that the new e-learning platform can provide vital CPD for CNS’ already in post, and those who will be the next generation of CNS’.
The programme has also met the Royal College of Nursing standards for accreditation and counts as 10 hours of continuing professional development study. Ongoing support for nurses taking the course will be provided by Leukaemia Care’s own nurse practitioners.
Zack Pemberton-Whiteley, Campaigns and Advocacy Director for Leukaemia Care said: “As a charity, we recognise the importance of supporting ongoing nurse education in the field of haemato-oncology and the online e-learning modules have been created to complement our in-person training events and print materials that we make available to nurses.
Although the platform has been developed with CNS’ in mind, we hope that haematology nurses will be able to use the resource to broaden their knowledge and to help them to specialise within the topic of leukaemia”.