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Chemotherapy: Enhancing Practice - Level 6 - AC6733


About this course

This module is commissioned by Health Education England as part of its continuing workforce development (CWD) portfolio. If you are interested in participating, please complete the application form and gain authorisation from your Line Manager and your Trust Training Coordinator.

To apply please make a note of the module start month, click on book now and choose the application for the correct starting month. Once your application is complete we will contact you in order to confirm whether or not you have been allocated a place.

If you have any questions or queries about this module please contact us via email at or call (0191) 4060901.

This module will prepare you to increase your current knowledge and skills relating to chemotherapy practice. The emphasis is on the holistic needs of the patient and their family/carers and you will consider contemporary issues in chemotherapy for the multi-professional team.

You will refine your understanding and evaluate the thorough assessment required for effective management of patients receiving chemotherapeutic drugs. This will be achieved through an examination of module content which will include, the biology of cancer and the cell cycle, drug pharmacology, risk management and clinical governance, safety and handling and the management of clinical emergencies. The content will enable you to develop knowledge and understanding about the principles of chemotherapy in relation to cancer cell physiology. It will also enable you to critically examine effective care and support of patients receiving cytotoxic drugs. You will learn how to appreciate the current levels of knowledge required to practice safely through examining in detail the key clinical processes and current research evidence to critically evaluate its application to your role. This will include the current research evidence-base, government policy, professional guidelines, pathways of care and the perspective of service users and their carer’s.

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 Workforce Development (CWD) 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 CWD 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 experience a variety of teaching and learning methods in this module which you can use to link theory to your practice. Your learning will occur through lectures, workshops, simulation based scenarios, supervised practice and independent study. You will participate in classroom based discussion and case study presentation related to the administration of chemotherapeutic drugs. You will be expected to engage with directed independent study tasks in relation to the integration of concepts and approaches introduced within the module and complete the allocated supervised practice hours administering chemotherapy in your place of work supervised by an appropriately qualified, nominated practice mentor who has already completed this module or equivalent. Reflective practice will be embedded into the module and you will be encouraged to review your personal insights and experience of your clinical practice in chemotherapy administration.

Assessment will be two fold, completion of a clinical skills workbook which is verified by your clinical mentor in your practice setting and a 3000 word reflective case study which demonstrates your understanding of chemotherapeutic agents and documents your contribution to the care of a patient receiving chemotherapy. Both parts will be submitted electronically via turnitin and you will receive detailed feedback electronically.

Formative feedback will be given from the outset during your interactive involvement throughout the module and inform your summative assessment.

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 CWD 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

This module is designed for registered health care professionals who deliver chemotherapeutic agents to people with cancer as part of their role. The module aims to prepare healthcare practitioners with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively assess and manage patients requiring chemotherapy. Practitioners will develop an appreciative understanding of cytotoxic agents as well as an awareness of legal, ethical and safety issues surrounding the administration of chemotherapy. The focus is on patient care and you will develop your knowledge and a critical understanding of progressive practice concepts including the assessment and effective management of patients receiving chemotherapeutic drugs, management of common side effects, clinical governance and risk management., The module will enable you to critically reflect on your existing competence and skills in the areas of chemotherapy and analyse current research and evidence associated with current practice as well as challenging existing behaviours and practice.

Course info

Award Type Level 6

Delivery Method Blend of Short Lectures, Seminars and Reflective Practice

Sector Health, Sport and Social Care

Study Mode Part Time

Location Coach Lane Campus

Start February 2020

Duration 10 weeks (delivered on a Friday)

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 principles of cancer chemotherapy.

2. Critically examine the safety principles required to store administer, and dispose of cytotoxic drugs.

3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principles of cancer chemotherapy.

4. Critically examine the safety principles required to store administer, and dispose of cytotoxic drugs. 

5. Critically reflect upon your own contribution to the care of patients and their families/carers receiving chemotherapy.

If you have any questions or queries about this module please contact us via email at or call (0191) 4060901.

Please register your interest for this course and we will be in touch once we have confirmed dates.

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