Health Education England launches ACCEND career pathway

27 January 2023

HEE has now launched the ACCEND career pathway, core capabilities in practice (CiP) and education framework for those providing care to people affected by cancer.


The overall purpose of the framework is to support the development of the workforce providing care to people affected by cancer by providing guidance on routes to working and career progression, core cancer related knowledge and a range of learning, development, training and education. It will also enable and support employers and systems to deliver high quality services to people affected by cancer by supporting workforce transformation and the health and wellbeing of staff.

The framework is made up of three components,

  • a career pathway component
  • a core cancer-specific capabilities in practice component
  • an education framework component

Combined, these components support practitioners at all levels of the career pathway to develop the core knowledge, skills and behaviours to care for people affected by cancer.

Libby Potter HEE Head of Portfolio for Long Term Conditions and Prevention, Maternity, Neonatal, Children and Young People, co-lead for the ACCEND programme and UKONS Board member said ‘I am delighted that we have launched the ACCEND cancer career, education and capability framework for cancer support workers, students, nurses and allied health professionals at all levels of practice’

This long awaited and much needed framework will provide an end-to-end career and education pathway underpinned by capabilities required for practice for those aspiring to be a cancer professional, and those already working in the profession to have a clear line of sight as to how they can progress within this existing clinical speciality.

With 1 in 2 of us likely to experience a diagnosis of cancer in our lifetimes, never has there been a more crucial time to launch this framework which secures the current and future workforce. The ACCEND reform programme is due to launch further offers so do watch this space - exciting times are ahead for this important workforce.

The launch of the pathway and accompanying document represents the delivery of the first stage of a large programme with multiple stakeholders including HEE, UKONS, Macmillan, RCN and many others. The documents will support education, commissioning and career-planning across all four nations of the UK.

To read the framework and the accompanying implementation guides, visit the HEE ACCEND webpage.


You can also find out more about the framework and the ACCEND programme by viewing a recording of a short presentation by Professor Vanessa Taylor, author of the framework.