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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Health & Social Care Short Name: NUR3095
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: PALLES-CLARK CH Mrs (HSC)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability
Semester 2
Assessment Pattern
A 20-minute reflective structured presentation analysing an aspect of patient care relevant to Oncology and the nursing interventions required (20%).

A written reflection considering the learning journey you have gone through in relation to an incident from your practice (80%) 1500 words
Module Overview
Module Aims
The aim of this module is to support flexible learning opportunities in order to develop independent learners who are able to address the complexities of modern health and social care policy and provision in an innovative manner.

Specific Aims

To enable registered health care professionals working within the general setting to increase their knowledge,understanding and clinical judgement in relation to caring for people with cancer. This module will allow practitioners to critically analyse practice in this area of health care.
Learning Outcomes
On completing this module the student should be able to:

Subject Knowledge and Understanding
• Identify learning needs and formulate an individualised, self-directed program of learning through the use of a personal development plan

Cognitive/intellectual skills
• Evaluate and develop their professional knowledge through ongoing reflection in and on practice relevant to the chosen area
• Critically discuss the validity of the chosen topic area in relation to their professional practice

Practical Skills
• Demonstrate the ability to link theory to practice in relation to the chosen topic area in order to demonstrate an understanding of evidence based practice

Key transferable skills
• Critically analyse the socio-political climate impacting on the chosen area of study

• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of relevant Aetiology, Epidemiology and Pathophysiology
• Utilise current evidence-based knowledge to underpin clinical decision making and to evaluate interventions
• Demonstrate an understanding of different treatment modalities and the rationale behind their choice.
• Critically evaluate the variety of roles involved in caring for patients with cancer
• Analyse own professional role within the Oncology multi-professional team

Clinical Learning Outcomes
• Demonstrate an understanding of the patient pathway and critically analyse this in relation to the National Cancer Plan and Manual of Cancer Standards
• Ensure that all oncology practice is evidence based
• Demonstrate an understanding of the multi-professional team patient decision outcomes by attending relevant meetings. To experience the role of relevant health care settings involved in caring for cancer patients

Module Content
The academic content of the module concentrates on integrating theoretical and practical knowledge in order to enable the student to study a relevant area of healthcare relevant to their professional role. The content will be negotiated between the student and the specialist tutor. Key themes to be covered in relation to the specific subject are:

Introduction to the module and assessment of learning needs
Applied Pathophysiology
Assessment tools
Management of patient/client care, safety and comfort
Effective communication skills
Reflection in and on practice
Evidence based practice
Risk assessment


Screening and Prevention
Diagnosis and staging
Therapeutic Interventions (Chemotherapy, Radiotherapy, Surgery, Endocrine therapy, Innovative/ Clinical Trials and the role of nutrition)
Survivorship and Rehabilitation
National Guidance
Critical care in oncology
Methods of Teaching/Learning

Overall Student Workload – 200 hours

Taught/Work-based Learning/Self-directed learning – to be confirmed through individualised learning agreements.
Selected Texts/Journals
Almeida CA and Barry S 2010 Cancer – basic science and clinical aspects. Wiley-Blackwell

Boog K and Tester C 2008 Palliative Care: A Practical Guide for the Health Professional Finding Meaning and Purpose in Life and Death. Elsevier Churchill Livingstone

Bulman C and Schutz S 2008 Reflective Practice in Nursing 4th ed Wiley Blackwell

Chernecky C and Murphy K 2009 Acute Care Oncology Nursing, 2nd Edition

Corner J and Bailey C (eds) 2008 Cancer Nursing: Care in Context 2nd ed Blackwell Publishing

Kearney N and Richardson A (eds) 2006 Nursing Patients with Cancer Elsevier Churchill Livingstone

Neal AJ and Hoskin PJ 2009 Clinical Oncology – Basic Principles and Practice (4th ed). Hodder Arnold

Tadman M and Roberts D 2009 Oxford Handbook of Cancer Nursing OUP Oxford

Tobias J and Hochhauser D 2010 Cancer and its management 6th edn. Prentice Hall, London

Yabro CH, Gobel BH and Wujcik D 2010 Cancer Nursing Principles and Practice 7th ed Jones & Bartlett


Department of Health 2004 Manual of Cancer Standards HMSO London

Department of Health 2004 The NHS cancer plan and the new NHS: Providing a patient-centred service HMSO London

Department of Health 2007 The Cancer Reform Strategy

Department of Health 2009 Cancer reform strategy: achieving local implementation - second annual report

Department of Health 2010 National Cancer Survivorship Initiative (NCSI) vision

Department of Health 2009 Chemotherapy Services in England: Ensuring quality and


British Medical Journal
Cancer Nursing
Cancer Nursing Practice
European Journal of Oncology Nursing
Gastrointestinal Nursing
International Journal of Palliative Nursing
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Oncology Nursing Forum
Seminars in Oncology Nursing


NICE guidelines

Patient information and support

Patient diaries

Management and Awareness of the Risks of Cytotoxic Handling

Education opportunities

Useful forums

Multi-national association for supportive care in cancer
National Cancer Research Network
Adjuvant! Online
Last Updated
30TH JULY 2010