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The Royal Marsden School

Principles of Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy

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 involved in the provision of care or services for patients requiring, receiving, or post -completion of HSCT and/or CAR-T patients.

Course availability

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Course summary

 

The module will enable healthcare practitioners to examine and explore the complexities of caring for patients undergoing Haemopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT) and Cellular Therapy, primarily Chimeric Antigen Receptor T- Cell therapy (CAR-T).  
The principles of Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy module will focus on the rationale and the evidence base for HSCT and CAR-T therapy, and the importance of delivering person -centred care. The module will enable learners to explore, analyse and evaluate, the principles of caring for these unique patient populations and the impact of these intricate treatment pathways on patients, carers, donors, and healthcare professionals. 
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).

I found learning about the different types of transplant, the complications that can arise and how to address them very useful. 

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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 will include:

  • Principles of Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy, (with an emphasis on CAR-T therapy)
  • Introduction to Autologous and Allogeneic HSCT
  • Introduction CAR-T and Immune Effector Cell Therapy
  • Preparing the patient/ carer/ donor for HSCT and CAR-T therapy
  • Stem cell mobilisation and collection, and Lymphocyte Collection for CAR-T therapy
  • Donor Selection/ HLA Typing
  • Care of the Donor
  • The challenge of Acute and Chronic Graft Versus Host disease 
  • The Patient Experience
  • Caring for the immune-compromised patient
  • Immediate, short and long-term complications of HSCT and CAR-T
  • Living with and Beyond HSCT and CAR-T
  • Models of HSCT and CAR-T delivery 
  • The Holistic / MDT approach
  • Ethical/ Psycho-Social Issues

Learning outcomes

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

  • Critically discuss the rationale for HSCT and CAR- T as a treatment modality
  • Evaluate the complexities of HSCT and CAR-T treatments including biological responses to such treatment and explore their implications for contemporary approaches to HSCT and CAR-T care delivery
  • Explore the impact of HSCT and CAR-T therapy for patients, carers and donors, including psycho-social and ethical components of care
  • Analyse the evidence base for the care of patients or donors involved in HSCT and CAR-T and interventions to improve patient/donor experience and outcomes
  • Evaluate the management of the potential short and long-term complications of HSCT and the role of the Health Care Professional

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

  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the rationale and evidence base for HSCT and CAR-T as a treatment modality and the care of patients undergoing these complex treatment interventions 
  • Analyse the complexities and management of HSCT and CAR-T treatments including biological responses to such treatments and critically explore their implications for contemporary approaches to HSCT care delivery
  • Critically appraise the complexities and management of both short- and long-term complications post HSCT and CAR-T therapy and explore innovative approaches to improving patient/donor/carer experience and outcomes, including psycho-social and ethical dimensions
  • Critically examine the professional discipline’s contribution to the supportive care needs of patients, donors or carers completing HSCT and CAR-T therapy living with and beyond the consequences of their treatment
  • Critically assess the implications of national and international policy on HSCT and CAR-T service provision and practice and its relevance to different models of care delivery

Dates

On-line live interactive sessions on 18, 25 April, 9, 16 and 31 May 2023
Submission date: 4 July 2023

Assessment

Level 6: Written review and discussion of a Case Study(Long answer questions): 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: