Mapping the English cancer clinical nurse specialist workforce
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Mapping the English cancer clinical nurse specialist workforce

Paul Trevatt Macmillan network nurse director, North East London Cancer Network
Jason Petit DIS cancer data and information manager, North East London Cancer Network
Alison Leary Macmillan senior lecturer, University College Hospital London, visiting fellow, Kings College London

The role and function of the cancer clinical nurse specialist (CNS) has been the subject of increasing debate in recent years as NHS trusts seek to control their finances. Quantitative data on the cancer CNS workforce across England is sparse. This article examines the number and distribution of cancer CNSs working in England in terms of cancer pathology and geography to determine whether there are any disparities between cancer sites and cancer networks. It finds that the number of CNSs is not consistent with the incidence of cancers across English cancer networks. There appears to be a lower ratio of urological and lung cancer CNS compared with other pathologies.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 7, 3, 33-38. doi: 10.7748/cnp2008.04.7.3.33.c6461

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