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The Royal Marsden School

Advanced Clinical Assessment in Cancer Care



Delivery method

Face to face and online

Length of module

It runs over approximately 12 weeks

Estimated hours of study

200 hours

Academic credits and level

20 credits at level 7

Entry requirements

Applicants to have successfully passed Physical Assessment and Clinical Reasoning in Cancer Care or an equivalent module

Course availability

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Course summary

This module will run in the academic year 2023/24. Prices are subject to change.

The Advanced Clinical Assessment in Cancer Care module will build on the foundation knowledge gained in the physical assessment and clinical reasoning in cancer module. Learners will consolidate their advanced practice skills and demonstrate their ability to support people affected by cancer through episode care from diagnosis to ongoing management. This module will allow learners to demonstrate how they are utilising their advanced practice knowledge, skills, and experience to support people affected by cancer. The module’s content is closely aligned with the Cancer Nursing Education Framework (EONS 2018) and Career Pathway and Education Framework for Cancer Nursing (RCN 2022) and the multi-professional framework for advanced practice (HEE 2017).

The aim of this module is to help the learner develop the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate complex decision-making which is involved in diagnosis, investigation, treatment, and referral of those living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis.

Learners will be required to work closely with a practice assessor and practice supervisor within their clinical areas in order to develop a portfolio of practice. It is important that learners select appropriate clinicians that can support them through this module. Please refer to the ACP Pre-application pack for more guidance on selecting a practice assessor and practice supervisor. 

Before beginning an application for any of our Advanced Clinical Practice (ACP) modules or pathways, please read the ACP Pre-Application Information and Guidance pack. If you would like to proceed with your application, please complete the ACP Pre-Application Form here as well as the School on-line Application below using the ‘Apply Now’ button. 


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Key topics

  • Diagnostic and therapeutic skills
  • Application of evidence-based practice
  • Anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology
  • Development of management plans which include follow up and referral 
  • Prioritisation of clinical care
  • Generation of differentials
  • Collaborative working, including multi-professional and multi-disciplinary teams
  • Legal and ethical issues 
  • Risk Management and dealing with uncertainty
  • Managing clinical complexity 

Learning outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate and apply relevant skills and knowledge required by an advanced clinical practitioner to obtain a comprehensive clinical history and physical examination of undifferentiated patients to diagnose and manage the consequences of cancer and its treatment
  • Demonstrate ability to apply relevant critical thinking to underpin clinical decisions and prioritise investigations, actions and referrals as required by the patient’s clinical condition
  • Demonstrate and be able to critically reflect on the use of your clinical skills and reasoning but have an awareness of your scope of practice and role within the wider multi-professional team
  • Critically discuss and synthesise relevant legal and ethical principles underpinning clinical decision making and advanced clinical assessment
  • Demonstrate relevant communication skills, both verbal and written, in order to work effectively within a multi-professional team and facilitate patient engagement, education, health promotion, advanced care planning and co-operation.


This module will next run in the academic year 2023/24. Please sign up for our Education Matters newsletter here and you will be informed of new dates by the end of June 2023.

Entry requirements

Professional requirements  
Current professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) or Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) or The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)  
A minimum of three years post-registration experience (or equivalent part-time experience) on entry to the course  
At least one year’s experience in the clinical specialty that you propose to work in as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner 
Academic qualifications  
A relevant degree 
Competency in written and spoken English (IELTS 7.0 or equivalent)  
Previous study at level 7 or the ability to study at level 7
Clinical practice requirements  
Be employed at a minimum of Band 6 or equivalent  
Ideally be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week in one relevant clinical environment, with access to appropriate clinical support and supervision.   
The willingness of an employer to release the student to enable them to dedicate the equivalent of 3 hours minimum per week throughout the module as protected learning time to enable the student to work in a 'supernumerary capacity' to focus on their clinical/professional development. 
Students must be able to undertake at least 30 hours of direct supervision and 150 hours of indirect supervised clinical practice.    
Students should ideally be employed in a trainee / advanced practice or specialist role. 
A student’s job description should include advanced practice skills as essential criteria to perform your role. 
A student’s current role should require you to undertake a comprehensive physical examination and formulate diagnoses and treatment plans. 
Provision of day-to-day supervision and support by an experienced clinical team to enable the development of the knowledge, skills, behaviors, competence, and confidence commensurate with this level of practice. 


Exam (50%)
Portfolio (50%)

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 stand-alone module also forms part of these pathways:

  • PG Dip in Advancing Skills in Cancer Care
  • MSc Advanced Clinical Practice in Cancer Care