CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)-Plans for the next academic year. 

The teaching staff are now beginning to return to the School to resume their academic activities. They are working at a pace to change the way we deliver our courses. Moving forward, we will be using blended and e-learning methods. We aim to roll out the modules, which were postponed during the initial stages of COVID-19, in a phased approach, starting in September 2020, over an eight-month period. This is in line with Health Education England (HEE) who have proposed an extension to the education contract period. This is to allow time for the recovery of commissions that were postponed due to the pandemic.

As you will recognise because of COVID-19, plans are constantly changing so we will, as the situation evolves, endeavour to keep you informed. The health and wellbeing of our staff and students are our absolute priority. 

If you do have any questions or concerns, please refer to our Student Q&A page or contact us at Student Support Services for more information.


I started my post-qualification career initially in bone marrow transplantation and then moved to HIV and haematology, before starting at The Royal Marsden as a Course Nurse in 1995. I then worked in a number of ward-based roles and practice education within the Trust and in collaboration with other hospitals in London.  

My interests are mainly in the advances in cancer care and development of staff. I completed my master's research in 2003: An Exploration of Newly Qualified Nurses Experience of Cancer Care. I established and set up the rotation programme for nurses new to cancer care at The Royal Marsden in 2002.

I have a keen interest in the advances in cancer care right across the spectrum, from biological to psychological and social. In the last few years I have developed an interest in clinical leadership, and enjoy the theory and politics of clinical leadership with the NHS and wider arenas.

I am currently module leader for the following modules at degree and postgraduate levels:

  • Chemotherapy in Cancer Care
  • Enhancing Clinical Leadership
  • The Sciences of Cancer Care
  • Applying Research to Clinical Practice
  • Stem Cell Transplantation in Cancer Practice
  • Principles of Head and Neck Cancer Care
  • Leadership and Management for Service Improvement

Contact details

020 7808 2929

Chris McNamara MSc PGCE BSc (Hons) RN | The Royal Marsden School
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