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New free training programme to help cancer nurses improve communication skills

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A free training programme to help cancer nurses improve their communication skills has been launched by the National Cancer Action Team (NCAT).

The experiential learning programme – known as ‘Connected’ – is open to all front-line staff who treat cancer patients, and uses role play to help them develop their confidence and improve their communication skills.

National cancer director Professor Mike Richards said: ‘It has been proven that good communication can influence patients’ emotional health, symptom resolution and treatment, while poor communication can leave patients feeling dissatisfied and anxious, sometimes leading to serious consequences such as complaints by patients and their relatives.’

All nurses who attend the ‘gold standard’ training programme - supported by Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie Cancer Care - will earn CPD credits.

Clinical staff interested in the course should contact their local cancer network or the Connected website for more information.

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