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Common Cancers in the UK - Level 6 - AC6605

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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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The module is designed to provide and facilitate acquisition of knowledge and expertise in order to appreciate the complex needs of the person with lung, colorectal, breast and prostate cancer. This will be achieved by considering contemporary issues in cancer care for the multi-professional team so enhancing the knowledge and skills required by practitioners in order to address the holistic needs of the patient and their family. During the module the student will be encouraged to critically examine the current treatment modalities, interventions and support networks available for this group of people.

Lectures, discussions, and seminars will be utilised to analyse the evidence base and draw upon and develop existing theoretical and practical knowledge in order to apply the module content to the student’s professional practice. The electronic learning platform (Elp) supports this learning and will be used to direct student to various websites, used as a learning community through the use of electronic resources and discussion groups and be a repository for DVDs and other interactive materials.

The modules is delivered over a 10-week period and students are expected to attend for six days in a classroom setting. The other days are used for reading or directed learning where students can access materials designed to support their learning.

The summative assessment requires the student to demonstrate the interface between theory and practice by employing the appropriate analytical and evaluative skills and produce a 3000 word case study which will reflect an area of the students own practice relating to lung, breast colorectal or prostate cancer. 

Study dates for September 2018 Cohort:

Monday 24th September

Monday 1st October

Monday 22nd October

Monday 29th October

Monday 5th November

Monday 26th November

Study dates for February 2019 Cohort:

Monday 25th February

Monday 4th March

Monday 11th March

Monday 25th March

Monday 15th April

Monday 29th 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 lectures, discussions, seminars, tutorials, directed and independent study with the emphasis being on reflection and lifelong learning. The electronic learning platform and other e-learning methodologies will be utilised to support and enhance your learning experience.

The summative assessment requires you to demonstrate the interface between theory and practice by employing the appropriate analytical and evaluative skills when examining an element of a patients care.  Participation in a group seminar is also a requirement for successful completion of the module.

Learning Environment

This course 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

This 20 credit module can count towards further study


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This 20 Credit module can count towards further study

Course info

Award Type Level 6

Delivery Method Blend of Short Lectures, Workshops 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

Common Cancers in the UK is a 20 credit level 6 module which focuses on the holistic needs of the patient and their family/carers who present with one of the four commonest cancers in the UK.

This module is delivered at our Coach Lane Campus

Evidence of prior Level 5 Study or equivalent.

On completion of the module the practitioner will be able to:


1.            Critically analyses the needs of  patients and their families within the context of contemporary multi-professional practice

2.            Critically evaluate the significance of social and behavioural factors in the aetiology of the four common cancers.

3.            Appraise and evaluate current provision of prevention and detection in lung, colorectal, breast and prostate cancer

4.            Consolidate and extend knowledge of the management of common cancers within the framework of contemporary cancer care.

5.            Reflects critically upon the practitioners own role within the multi-professional team

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

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