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The Royal Marsden School

Principles of Haemato-Oncology Care



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 Haematological Cancers

Course availability

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Course summary

Collectively, Haematological malignancies are the 5th most common cancer in the UK. They are a very diverse group of diseases affecting people of all ages but have the highest incidence amongst the elderly (Cancer Research UK, 2022). 

The management of haematological malignancies can be complex, with the treatment landscape evolving rapidly, i.e. novel therapies, improved supportive care, continued research and clinical trials, and  a greater multi-professional and holistic approach to care. As a result, survival rates overall have increased by 6 % in the last ten years Blood Cancer UK (2019).  

The Principles of Haemato-Oncology Care module will enable learners to develop their understanding in the fundamental principles of haematological malignancies and critically consider the care of people diagnosed, treated for, and living with and beyond these malignancies. The module content and learning outcomes reflect the inter-professional, holistic approach which underpins contemporary haemato-oncology practice.

This module aims to develop learners’ knowledge and understanding of this specific patient population by providing opportunities to explore evidence-based practice; thereby, contributing to the improvement of patients’ experience and outcomes in clinical practice.

 I have found the module very useful and relevant to my practice. I have learned a lot and it has made me more confident in providing a high standard of care to my patients.

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Key topics

The module’s objectives and content are closely aligned to the EONS Cancer Nursing Education Framework (EONS 2018) and Career Pathway and Education Framework for Cancer Nursing (RCN 2022), and include:

  • Principles of Haemato-Oncology Care
  • Haematopoiesis
  • Introduction to the Immune System and Immunotherapy
  • Introduction to Myeloma
  • Introduction to Acute Leukaemia
  • Introduction to Chronic Leukaemia
  • Introduction to Stem Cell Transplantation and cellular therapies as treatment modalities
  • Exploring the role of Radiotherapy in Haemato-Oncology
  • The Patient and Carer Experience
  • Personalised Care
  • End of life and ethical issues in Haemato-Oncology
  • Service / Practice development in Haemato-Oncology
  • Managing the short-term and long-term consequences of treatment

Learning outcomes

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

  • Define the pathophysiology of haematological malignancies
  • Evaluate current practice, treatment modalities, and management strategies for haematological malignancies
  • Critically appraise the contribution and interventions of health care professionals in supporting people with a haematological malignancy
  • Critically examine the principles and challenges of caring for people with a haematological malignancy and significant others, including the ethical, cultural, and psycho-social issues involved in caring for the haemato-oncology patient

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

  • Define the complex pathophysiology and aetiology of haematological malignancies
  • Evaluate current and emerging treatment modalities and management strategies for haematology malignancies, and critically explore the implications for current health care provision
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the evidence underpinning the care of patients with a haematology malignancy including carers and significant others impacted by this diagnosis  
  • Critically analyse and synthesise the literature relating to people living ‘with and beyond’ a haematological malignancy, examining current practice to identify areas for service development 
  • Analyse the complex ethical, cultural, and psycho-social issues involved in caring for haemato-oncology patients’ and demonstrate the challenges this presents for practitioners


On-line live interactive sessions on 7, 21 February, 7, 14 and 21 March 2023
Submission date: 25 April 2023

On-line live interactive sessions on 13, 27 June, 11, 25 July and 1 August 2023
Submission date: 30 August 2023



Level 6: Essay 2,000 words
Level 7: Essay 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: