On this page
- General information for health and care professionals about coronavirus
- Cancer treatment and coronavirus resources
- Cancer screening and coronavirus resources
- Communicating with patients and colleagues
- Supporting your patients
- Additional coronavirus resources for health and care professionals
- How we can help
The coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis is developing quickly. As a result, national clinical guidance will change as new information emerges about the disease and how to manage it. To help health and social care professionals find relevant guidance around coronavirus, cancer treatments and its management, we have pulled together some helpful resources.
Here you will find links to general information about coronavirus across the 4 nations.
Here you will find links to organisations that provide information about the effect coronavirus is having on specific types of cancer and cancer treatments including:
- systemic anti-cancer treatment
You will find that many of the links take you to the home or landing page of the professional organisation. You can then find direct links to coronavirus specific information or search for it. You may have to use your professional registration to register and sign up if you are not already a member.
Systemic anti-cancer treatment
Stem cell transplantation
- Guidance for the Management of Acute Oncology Patients During the Coronavirus Pandemic
This expert consensus document was produced under the leadership of Dr Ernie Marshall for the Acute Oncology Advisory Group, with wide consultation from across the UK.
Tumour site guidance
Head and neck cancers
We have brought together key resources and information that will help you with communication during the coronavirus pandemic. This includes:
- having difficult conversations
- remote appointments and consultations
- communication through PPE
- example letter templates.
Where we have been able to identify examples of emerging good practice, we have included these.
Having difficult conversations
Navigating patient care during the coronavirus pandemic is challenging. Conversations may have to be shorter, take place through personal protective equipment (PPE) and perhaps not face-to-face. We have more information about communication and difficult conversations during the coronavirus crisis.
Here are some other resources to help with difficult conversations:
Carrying out appointments remotely
When it comes to appointments, advice across the UK is to provide them remotely until it is safe to return to normal practice. We understand this brings new challenges for cancer appointments, particularly if you are sharing news about a diagnosis or a change to treatment. You may also find that remote appointments take more time, or that there is the need for follow-up calls to check understanding and allow for questions.
It may be helpful to share the benefits of a remote appointment with your patient. Remote appointments allow your patient to be comfortable at home, with the potential of someone being with them, something that would not be able to happen right now if the appointment was to take place face-to-face.
NHS Digital are making Microsoft Teams software available to all NHS organisations for messaging and video conferencing during the coronavirus crisis to help support remote clinic appointments.
If you are an NHS professional or contractor who needs help accessing any of these services, you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are some digital resources to help with working remotely:
Macmillan's coronavirus information for people affected by cancer
We have a dedicated coronavirus section of our website for people affected by cancer.
This includes information about:
- staying well at home
- financial support
- cancer treatment.
There is also information to support people living with someone who has cancer.
Prehabilitation and rehabilitation
Rehabilitation and prehabilitation services can support cancer patients during the coronavirus pandemic. They can help patients to improve their fitness, nutrition and emotional well-being while they are waiting for treatment, as well as during and after treatment.
We have information for patients to help them prepare for treatment at home, as well as a new programme for patients called SafeFit (see below).
SafeFit is a free remote service for anyone in the UK with suspicion of, or confirmed diagnosis of cancer. Cancer exercise specialists offer advice, support and resources to maintain and improve physical and mental well-being.
‘Help Overcome Problems Effectively’ (HOPE) is an online self-management course to help people who have had or have cancer to move on with their lives.
For more information about dates and the sign up process for please click here.
You may wish to use the following template for your letter/email to potential participants.
Macmillan RESTORE is an online fatigue management programme for people with cancer.
Health Education England Learning Pathways
Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has recently added additional learning pathways for nurses, midwives and AHPs to an e-learning programme designed to help the health and care workforce respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
The programme ‘Resources for Nurses, Midwives and AHPs Returning to work, being Redeployed or Up-Skilled’ includes specific learning pathways for the following groups:
- Registered nurses and AHPs deployed from a different clinical specialty
- Returning nurses
- Newly registered nurses and AHPs, or students opting into a revised programme structure
- Internationally trained nurses awaiting UK registration
- Independent sector nurses supporting the NHS
- Returning midwives
- Physical skills for nurses and AHPs working in mental health, learning disability and autism
The programme is free to access for the UK health and care workforce, without the need to register. However, if staff wish to record their learning activity against their user account, they will need to either log in or register here.
If you have any questions about the resources, please contact Agnes.Hibbert@hee.nhs.uk.
Visit the HEE website for wider updates on how HEE is supporting nursing and midwifery around the coronavirus pandemic.
See Cancer Prehabilitation and rehabilitation for information for:
- occupational therapists
- diagnostic and therapeutic radiographers
- speech and language therapists.