Information, resources and opportunities for Healthcare Professionals.
At Breast Cancer Now, we know that healthcare professionals need support too. That’s why we’ve developed a monthly e-newsletter, a collection of resources and some useful blogs to support you in delivering the best treatment, information and support to breast cancer patients, their families and partners.
We have an e-newsletter for you full of breast cancer information, news, research updates, development opportunities, best practice, events and more.
How we can help you
- Are you looking for more information to share with patients or materials to share at work? You can order a publication from us now!
- Find our responses to the latest important health information and news relating to breast cancer.
- Interested in improving services? Find out more about our patient-led changes.
- The Generations study was set up in 2004 to help better understand breast cancer. Find out more about our landmark study into understanding the causes of breast cancer.
- Our website has detailed information for patients living with secondary breast cancer about dealing with diagnosis, treatments and care to maximise their quality of life.
From April 2019, we are uniting with Breast Cancer Care to create the UK’s first comprehensive breast cancer charity. From research to care, our new charity will have people affected by breast cancer at its heart – providing support for today and hope for the future.
If you’re a nurse and work mostly with breast cancer patients, join Breast Cancer Care’s nursing network – it’s free!
Or access their secondary breast cancer nursing toolkit covering a range of issues to provide healthcare professionals like you, guidance and support to improve the service offered to patients.
Professional development funding
Our survey of healthcare professionals in 2018 highlighted that funding is often a barrier to accessing training and development. We’ve included some resources below to help you with your continuous professional development. If you’re interested in research funding, please see our information for reseachers.
Breast Cancer Care provide useful resources to assist you in funding and finding appropriate methods of professional development for nurses, ensuring you have opportunities to develop core competencies, skills and knowledge.
Education for health has created a Business Case Toolkit to help nurses and other healthcare professionals build their case for securing funding for education and training from their CCG or another funding source.
Professionals Aid Guild helps professionals and graduates in the UK with financial assistance. They are not restricted to assisting specific professional background unlike other bursary funds.
Join us at these events
|International Cambridge Conference on Breast Cancer Imaging: Organised by the Cambridge Breast Unit, the International Cambridge Conference on Breast Cancer Imaging brings together Radiologists, Radiographers, Breast Clinicians, Breast Surgeons, Oncologists and other healthcare professionals in the field of breast cancer investigation and treatment.||2–3 July 2019||West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, UK.|
|The 12th Annual Royal Marsden Breast Cancer Meeting: Open to all professionals who are involved in looking after women with breast cancer, including clinicians and senior nurses.||4 October 2019||The Royal College of Physicians, London.|
|BACR Special Conference – New Developments in Breast Cancer Research – From the lab to the clinic: Covering the most recent developments in breast cancer research, with world-leading speakers providing a clinical and pre-clinical perspective to each topic. Aiming to bring together both clinicians and scientists with an interest in breast cancer research. Sponsored by Breast Cancer Now!||9–11 October 2019||The Sage, Newcastle Gateshead.|
|NCRI Cancer Conference: The NCRI Cancer Conference is the UK’s largest forum showcasing the latest advances in cancer research. The conference provides a platform for researchers, clinicians, people affected by cancer and industry representatives to come together to discuss, present and showcase high-quality research.||3-5 November 2019||Scottish Event Campus, Glasgow, UK.|
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Latest news and blogs
- Three projects redefining how Breast Cancer is studied in the lab
- What the NHS long term plan means for breast cancer patients
- Exosomes delivering surprises in breast cancer research
- Breast Screening Error explained
- Smoking associated with an increased risk of Breast Cancer
- Fertility-related hormone linked to increased breast cancer risk
- Scientific fellowships
Why are we doing this?
In February 2018, Breast Cancer Now conducted a survey of breast cancer healthcare professionals to better understand your current training and development needs and to identify how best we can support you moving forward.
- 38% of you had not undertaken training in the last six months.
- There are a range of barriers preventing access to training. The most common are service pressures, funding and location of training.
- You mostly find out about training opportunities through word of mouth and from previous training courses.
- You want more information about training courses and updates with 88% of you stating you would use a website or newsletter that provided this.
Look out for us on social media and at your next conference as we continue to promote our e-newsletter and online resources so we can reach as many healthcare professionals as possible and deliver what you’ve asked for. And finally, stay tuned for more resources on this page - we’ll keep you informed via the newsletter so if you haven’t already.
Get in touch
If you have any questions, would like to know more about the findings of our survey, or want to work with us or have feedback we’d love to hear from you. Email us at HCPengagement@breastcancernow.org.