Learning and Development in People Living with and Affected by Cancer

Nelson, David, Tindale, Vanessa, Kane, Ros , Green, Heidi and George, Thomas (2020) Learning and Development in People Living with and Affected by Cancer. Project Report. University of Lincoln.

Learning and Development in People Living with and Affected by Cancer
Project Report
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Background: In order to support people throughout their cancer journey, the UK charity, Macmillan Cancer Support offers a range of free courses, training opportunities, workshops and e-learning for people living with and affected by cancer, including carers, family members, volunteers and community members. Macmillan asked the University of Lincoln to carry out a study around Learning and Development (L&D) provision focusing on (although not exclusive to) the Midlands region of England.

Methods: The study collected quantitative and qualitative data from August to November 2019. This was done using an online survey (N=119) that asked people living with and affected by cancer questions on demographics and L&D provision. Participants could select multiple responses to the majority of questions. In addition, a series of semi- structured interviews (N=10) were conducted with a range of Professionals who were involved in supporting people living with and affected by cancer. Qualitative data were analysed using thematic analysis.

Results: There was demand for L&D to be delivered face-to-face (N=74), as well as, online (N=66). Participants reported that they would like Health and Social Care Professionals (N=54) and people with a personal experience of a cancer diagnosis (N=64) to do facilitate the L&D. The most popular settings for L&D to be delivered were: in the community (N=75) and online (N=47) although some participants also reported wanting clinical or healthcare settings (N=38). There were four themes from the qualitative data with Professionals (1) Setting (2) Including the Lived Experience (3) Communication and Inclusiveness and (4) Tailoring to Individual Needs.

Conclusion: Macmillan should ensure that their future L&D offer is available face-to-face, as well as, online. Although the mode of delivery is likely to be dependent on the L&D on offer. Where L&D is delivered face-to-face, there would appear to be demand for this to be held in both a clinical and community setting. Where appropriate this should be facilitated by experienced Health Professionals and people with lived experience.

Keywords:cancer, cancer survivorship, Learning and development, education, training, qualitative research, Quantitative research, self-management, cancer research
Subjects:A Medicine and Dentistry > A900 Others in Medicine and Dentistry
L Social studies > L510 Health & Welfare
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:40872
Deposited On:15 Jun 2020 13:37

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