The Workforce Programme Team consists of:

Sharon Rowe- Workforce Transformation Lead

Sharon has previously worked as a Consultant Genetic Counsellor, leading and developing the Genetics Service at the Countess of Chester Hospital. She lectures on genomics and cancer genetics to healthcare practitioners in primary and secondary care.  Working with Chester University she participated in validation of several MSc programmes and continues to lecture on the MSc in Genetics and Foundations in Cancer Care Course at Clatterbridge Oncology Centre. Since 2015 she has developed and delivered a competency based education programme for level 4 Cancer Navigators/Support Workers and is working with PHE to develop apprenticeship standards for this role.






Lucy Irwin- Workforce Transformation Facilitator

Lucy worked as part of the Medical Workforce team at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre for six years previous to joining the Cancer Alliance. Junior doctor’s induction played a huge part in her role within the team, organising and ensuring that all learning needs were met before the doctors could safely start working on the wards. She took an interest in Medical Education, working with the Consultant Lead to create and run a rolling day education programme which covered Consultant and SAS Doctor’s mandatory training and development needs associated with any upcoming changes within Oncology. Lucy also worked with the University of Liverpool to ensure the year 4 medical students experienced a variety of Oncology experience during their placement.

Since joining the alliance Lucy has worked closely with the Workforce Transformation Lead to organise and ensure the smooth running of the Cancer Support Worker development programme and also Practise Nurse training.

She has also been an active member of the MDT Steering group, taking a lead on the MDT leadership masterclass that has taken place over the last few months.


The Programme is overseen by Melanie Zeiderman- Deputy Programme Director


Our Local Workforce Plan

The Cheshire and Merseyside Cancer Alliance (CMCA) Workforce Programme is an enabling work stream of the Cancer Transformation Programme. It aims to support the development of a skilled, multi-disciplinary cancer workforce, able to meet the demands of current cancer policy, and achieve improved outcomes for people diagnosed with cancer in CMCA.

The CMCA Workforce Programme works in collaboration with the HEE (North West) Cancer Workforce Programme to deliver increased knowledge and skills in the priority specialisms identified in the HEE National Cancer Workforce Strategy.

The CMCA Workforce Programme has a specific focus on caring roles such as Cancer Support Workers, Navigators and Clinical Nurse Specialists, all of whom have been identified as key professionals in delivery of the CMCA transformation plan.

The Programme utilises recognised NHS knowledge and skills frameworks to develop competency-based training packages and to assist in the embedding of new roles in primary, secondary and community based settings.

Our workforce programme commits to interpreting workforce requirements which will influence the development and commissioning of education and training provision to meet those requirements. We are also supporting the design of new roles arising from new models of care.

Our successes so far:

  •  We have delivered cancer education to over 40 administrative and clerical workers in Primary Care
  • Over 70 Cancer Support Workers and Cancer Navigators have completed our competency based Cancer Development Programme
  • 77 of our regions General Practice Nurses have attended our Cancer Education Programme in partnership with Macmillan

Key activities in 19/20:

Aligning with the Health and Care Partnership for Cheshire and Merseyside, we will continue to understand the new roles and competencies required within the cancer workforce and also work with HEE to commission appropriate programmes of training and education to meet those needs.

We will continue our commitment and investment in our Cancer Support Worker and Cancer Navigator training and support. We will also develop a core cancer skills education and training framework for MDT Co-ordinators which will be available to all healthcare professionals involved with cancer patients.

Our workforce programme is committed to enabling cancer services to be delivered by a workforce that is sustainable, motivated and champions in improved patient care, experience and outcomes.