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A national focus on improving access to clinical nurse specialists

NHS England’s Cally Palmer explains the national drive to reorder the workforce so that clinical nurse specialists working in cancer care can give more support to the patients who need it most.
Cancer nurse specialists with a patient

NHS England’s Cally Palmer explains the national drive to reorder the workforce so that clinical nurse specialists working in cancer care can give more support to the patients who need it most.

In 2014, the NHS Five Year Forward View set out a vision to deliver better prevention, swifter diagnosis and improved treatment and care for all cancer patients. In 2015, the Independent Cancer Taskforce published a report setting out how to achieve this vision in England. The report recommended a fundamental shift in how we think about cancer services, placing a much greater emphasis on earlier diagnosis and living with and beyond cancer. It called for a reduction in preventable cancers, improvements in survival rates, and a transformation of patient experience and quality of life.

NHS England’s cancer programme was created to lead this fundamental shift and has made significant

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