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Chemotherapy: Enhancing Practice - Level 6 - AC0310


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 receive a place you will be emailed an official offer letter, you will need to respond confirming your place within 10 working days.

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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

Study Dates for September Cohort:

Friday 14th September

Friday 21st September

Friday 28th September

Friday 12th October

Friday 19th October

Friday 2nd November

Friday 9th November


Study Dates for February Cohort:

Friday 8th February

Friday 15th February

Friday 22nd February

Friday 8th March

Friday 15th March

Friday 22nd March

Friday 5th April


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.


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 September 2018 or February 2019

Duration 10 weeks

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.

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

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