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Chemotherapy: Enhancing Practice - Level 6 - AC0310

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About this course

This course is part of Continuing Workforce Development for NHS practitioners. If you are interested in participating, please fill out the application form and gain authorisation from an appropriate decision maker within the NHS before sending it back to us.

Please note this module offers a variety of intake dates. Submit your application for the default month, which appears on the book now page, and indicate your preferred intake in the personal statement section from the date(s) listed in the orange box on this page. Your programme support team will be in touch to confirm your actual start date in due course. For further queries, please contact us by emailing

This CPD module focuses on the holistic needs of the patient undergoing chemotherapy and those of their family/carers. You will explore the impact of chemotherapy treatment from a physiological, pharmacological and biopsycho-social perspective and you will be encouraged to reflect and explore personal experiences arising from your own clinical practice.

You will gain the knowledge and develop the skills to address the needs of the patient receiving chemotherapy and their family.

Topics covered include:

  • The Principles of cytotoxic chemotherapy: Hormone treatments, new and novel therapies
  • The Anatomy and physiology of cancer cell growth, the cell cycle
  • Drug Pharmacology
  • Administration of chemotherapy; Safety and handling issues, clinical governance and risk management issues including simulation based clinical scenarios, practical skills including venous access,  intrathecal chemotherapy.
  • Legal and ethical issues; informed consent, clinical trials, advocacy, decision making, cost and resources, quality of life.
  • The nurses role in the management of patients and their families from a biopsycho-social perspective; Information needs, communication, support networks, survivorship

Although this module is not currently taking applications, if you have any queries please email our programme support team at

Learn from the Best

Designed by a multi-professional team including Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Midwives, Social Care Staff and Medical practitioners our range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is tailored towards individuals who are driving and enabling practice development in NHS North East.

Northumbria is the principal provider of nurse education in the North East of England and was named Nurse Education Provider of the Year (post-registration) for three consecutive years by Student Nursing Times.

We have excellent relationships with partner services in health, social care and social work and our range of CPD provision supports practitioners and managers to engage in professional learning and then examine how this can be integrated in the practice arena.


Teaching and Assessment

You will learn through a mixture of lectures, seminars, simulation based education, tutorial directed and independent study with the emphasis on critical reflection and lifelong learning. Blackboard and e-learning methodologies will be utilised to support and enhance the learning experience as appropriate.

Assessment for this CPD module will focus on reinforcing the centrality of the patient experience and the focus on practice issues, and consist of an extended essay and clinical skills based workbook. Formative assessment shall be provided throughout the course through classroom activities.


Learning Environment

This module is based at our Coach Lane Campus where you will have access to cutting-edge facilities with technology embedded through all aspects of your CPD course.


Research-rich Learning

Northumbria University has been ranked in the top quartile in the UK for research power in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing. Additionally, more than 80% of our research activity in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).


Give Your Career an Edge

After completing this CPD module you will be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of the underlying principles of chemotherapy, be able to effectively apply the practical skills and knowledge required to carry out nursing management of the interventions and reflect critically upon your own contribution to the holistic needs of the patient and family.


Your Future

This accredited module can count towards the BSc in Practice Development (20 credits).


Course info

Award Type Level 6

Delivery Method Blend of Short Lectures, Seminars and Reflective Practice

Sector Healthcare Public Health

Study Mode Classroom Based

Location Coach Lane Campus

Start April 2018

Duration 10 weeks (7 taught days in total)

This CPD module focuses on the holistic needs of the patient undergoing chemotherapy and those of their family/carers.

Previous evidence of level 5 study. It is essential that practitioners should have experience of practice in an area where they have encountered people with cancer and be working in a clinical area where chemotherapy is administered.

1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the underlying principles of chemotherapy.
2. Demonstrate effective application of practical skills and knowledge required to carry out nursing management of the interventions.
3. Reflect critically upon their own contribution to the holistic needs of the patient and family.

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