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The Royal Marsden School

Acute Cancer Practice

Cost

£997

Delivery method

Online

Length of module

5 days

Entry requirements

Applicants should currently be caring for patients with cancer

Academic credits and level

15 credits at level 6 or 7

Course summary

Do you work with patients undergoing cancer treatment? This module will provide nurses or allied health professionals with the knowledge and skills to confidently care for the acute oncology patient. This module will enable students to gain an understanding of how cancer and its treatment can lead to the acute deterioration of the patient. The module utilises a variety to enhance and develop students’ existing knowledge to assess, prevent, and manage the rapidly changing or emergency situation.

 I’m more confident when I’m looking after patients because now I understand how cancer and its treatment can lead to the patient becoming acutely ill. The module team were very supportive and always there for advice. 

Student quote

This module is in association with:

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Key topics

  • Oncological emergencies including:
    • Sepsis
    • Metastatic spinal cord compression
    • Hypercalcaemia and electrolyte disturbances
    • Superior vena cava obstruction
  • Decision making and clinical judgement skills
  • Ethical issues
  • Clinical scenario workshops and assessment
  • Neurological status

Learning outcomes

  • On successful completion of the module at Level 6 you should be able to demonstrate achievement of the following learning outcomes:

    On successful completion of the module at Level 7 you should be able to demonstrate achievement of the following learning outcomes:

    • Demonstrate a critical understanding of how cancer and its treatment can lead to a patient becoming acutely unwell, and be able to identify the common oncological emergencies
    • Critically analyse and apply the relevant evidence base and research to assess, plan, implement and evaluate the care of the acutely ill cancer patient
    • Critically evaluate the early warning signs and interventions associated with the common causes of acute deterioration in the cancer patient and your role within this
    • Critically reflect on the importance of accurate assessment to enable good communication across the multidisciplinary team and ensure continuity of care for the acutely ill cancer patient and their family, and your role within this
    • Demonstrate an awareness of the ethical issues associated with caring for an acutely ill cancer patient and their family
    • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of how cancer and its treatment can lead to a patient becoming acutely unwell, and be able to identify the common oncological emergencies
    • Critically analyse and synthesise the relevant evidence base and research to assess, plan, implement and evaluate the care of the acutely ill cancer patient
    • Critically evaluate and synthesise the early warning signs and interventions associated with the common causes of acute deterioration in the cancer patient and your role within this
    • Critically reflect on the importance of accurate assessment to enable good communication across the multidisciplinary team and ensure continuity of care for the acutely ill cancer patient and their family, and your role within this
    • Critically explore the complexities surrounding the ethical, socio-political and service delivery issues associated with caring for an acutely ill cancer patient and their family

Dates

We are working to transition this module on-line. Dates will be added for new applications as they become available. Please check back regularly for updates.

Assessment

  • Level 6: 2,000 word essay
  • Level 7: 3,000 word essay

Student support

Tutorials with the module leader or personal tutor are available if students require additional help with the planning and writing of their assignments. Email and telephone support are also available from the module leader/personal tutor. 

The Royal Marsden School uses an online environment called Moodle which students must access during their studies to support and enhance our courses. The site provides resources and communication tools. All students will be provided with a username and password to access module specific sections as well as general learning support such as study skills and library resources. Students also have access to the David Adams Library and Electronic Resource Centre. 

To get the best from the live video-conferencing sessions and enable you to participate fully you should have access to a computer or laptop with a camera and microphone. If you have any concerns or need help, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Related pathways

This course is currently unavailable.