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The Royal Marsden School

Fundamentals in Cancer Care

Cost

£1300

Delivery method

Fully On-line

Length of module

It runs over approximately 12 weeks

Estimated hours of study

200 hours

Academic credits and level

20 credits at level 6 or 7

Entry requirements

The learner will be a healthcare professional currently working with People Affected by Cancer (PABC)

Course availability

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Course summary

It is thought that 1 in 2 people in the UK will have cancer at some point in their lifetime (NHS 2019) and that 38% of cancer diagnosis are directly attributable to lifestyle (CRUK, 2022).  
Even if not directly working with People Affected by Cancer (PABC), our Nurses and Allied Health professionals (AHP) are likely to look after those who have been affected by cancer, and our specialist and non-specialist healthcare professionals potentially can have a profound impact on the PABC experience of cancer care. 

This module will provide learners with an overall introduction to cancer care and the impact the disease has on people affected by cancer (PABC). It aims to equip those practitioners who want to advance their practice in cancer by focusing on evidence-based, ethical, and personalised knowledge and skills. The module learning outcomes are aligned to current cancer education frameworks (RCN 2022, EONS 2018, and Macmillan, 2019) as well as the four pillars of Advanced Clinical Practice (HEE, 2017). 

This module aims to provide an overview of the continuum of cancer care from the prevention and early diagnosis of cancer through to advanced disease and end of life. It is suitable for all nurses and Allied Healthcare Practitioners who either want to develop their general cancer knowledge or who are working at or towards specialist roles in cancer.

 Very good module, well taught, well-paced and has definitely improved my knowledge 

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Key topics

  • Risk reduction, early detection and health promotion in cancer care
  • Cancer pathophysiology and the principles of treatment decision making
  • Cancer treatment, patient and occupational safety
  • Supporting people living with and beyond cancer
  • Supporting people with advanced disease and the end of life
  • Communication in cancer care 
  • Leadership and management in cancer nursing
  • Research utilization and evidence in cancer care

Learning outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the continuum of cancer care from the prevention and early diagnosis of cancer to end of life care
  • Broadly describe the pathophysiology of cancer and principles of treatment decision-making
  • Review the different treatment modalities and holistically assess the challenges for people affected by cancer (PABC)
  • Identify the impact of cancer on the physical, psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual wellbeing of people affected by cancer
  • Critically consider professional contributions in terms of leadership, communication, and research and how being a reflective practitioner contributes to professional development

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 the continuum of cancer care from the prevention and early diagnosis of cancer to end of life care
  • Examine the pathophysiology of cancer and principles of treatment decision making 
  • Critically consider different treatment modalities and their impact on people affected by cancer (PABC) 
  • Examine the provision of supportive care for PABC throughout the cancer pathway
  • Critically consider professional contribution in terms of leadership, communication, and research and professional development and the wider contexts of the service

Dates

On-line live interactive sessions on 25 April, 2, 9 and 16 May 2023
Submission date: 13 July 2023

Assessment

Level 6: Reflective assignment: 2,000 Words
Level 7: Reflective assignment: 3,000 Words

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: