Journal of Cancer Education

, Volume 34, Issue 1, pp 180–185 | Cite as

Widening Access; Developing an eLearning Resource for Health and Social Care Professionals Caring for Children and Young People with Cancer

  • Wendy McInallyEmail author
  • Maria J. Pouso Lista
  • Natalia McLaren
  • Diane S. Willis


Cancer is a key priority worldwide, and caring for children and young people with cancer requires a range of specific knowledge, skills and experience in order to deliver the complex care regimes both within the hospital or community environment. The aim of this paper is to disseminate work undertaken to design and develop pedagogical practice and innovation through an eLearning resource for health care professionals caring for children and young people with cancer across the globe. The work undertaken evaluated an existing cancer course (which has been withdrawn) that was developed and delivered through the Paediatric Oncology Nurses Forum, Royal College Nursing (Nurse Educators) and Warwick University. The evaluation consisted of 26 open and closed questions relating to the previous resource and was circulated to all health and social care professionals involved directly within specialist oncology services through the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group. Questionnaires were sent out to a convenience sample of 773 health care professionals and the response rate was 14%. The findings identified that the course was predominantly accessed by nurses, but other health care professionals also found it useful. Participants highlighted several areas where they believed content could be developed or was lacking. This included areas such as palliative and end of life care, nutrition, sepsis and teenagers and young people. This feedback was then used to develop a site dedicated to the care of children and young people with cancer.


eLearning Children Young people Cancer Education Health professionals 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wendy McInally
    • 1
    Email author
  • Maria J. Pouso Lista
    • 2
  • Natalia McLaren
    • 3
  • Diane S. Willis
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Health and Social careEdinburgh Napier UniversityEdinburghUK
  2. 2.VLE Academic SupportEdinburgh Napier UniversityEdinburghUK
  3. 3.Research and VLE Academic Support DeveloperEdinburgh Napier UniversityEdinburghUK

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