New resource for community pharmacy to help identify possible cancer symptoms - now available


A new elearning programme to help community pharmacists identify and respond to patients’ possible cancer symptoms is now available on Health Education England elearning for healthcare’s (HEE elfh) Hub.


The NHS Long-Term Plan sets out a new ambition that, by 2028, the proportion of cancers diagnosed at stages 1 and 2 will rise from around half now to 3 quarters of cancer patients. Achieving this will mean that, from 2028, 55,000 more people each year will survive their cancer for at least 5 years after diagnosis.

The programme, developed by the British Oncology Pharmacy Association (BOPA), features 4 modules which cover the following topics:

  • early diagnosis and prevention

  • what is cancer?

  • treatment for cancer

  • supporting your patients with cancer

There is also a resource bank within the programme which features links to some lead cancer organisations such as British Oncology Pharmacy Association, Cancer Research UK and Macmillan, published articles and posters, and cancer campaign materials and several quizzes to test learners’ knowledge.

For more information and to access the resource, please visit the Let’s Communicate Cancer programme webpage.