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Common Cancers in the UK - Level 6 - AC6732
Dates: TBC | 10 weeks

**In the interests of health and safety of students, staff and our partners, the University Executive has taken the decision that all classroom-based teaching and learning activity will be replaced by online programme delivery. As you will undoubtedly be aware, many other universities are taking a similar approach. This does depend on individual online capability and nature of the sessions. Given the nature of this module and the ongoing uncertainty regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) we have taken the difficult decision to postpone this module. We will release dates for the postponed delivery in the coming months. We thank you for your patience at this uncertain time.**

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.

In order to assist you in completing your application we have attached guidance notes. Please refer to these while completing your application.

As part of your application you will need to upload a copy of your completed study leave approval form. If you do not attach your approval form to your application or it is incomplete this will delay your application and may impact you being offered a place on the module. Instructions on how to do this are in the guidance notes.





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The module Common Cancers in the UK 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. The emphasis is on the holistic needs of the patient and their family/carers and you will consider contemporary issues in cancer care for the multi-professional team.

During the module you will be encouraged to critically examine the current treatment modalities, interventions and support networks available for this group of people. Topics will include therapeutics, diagnostics and multimodal therapy for all of the common cancers as well as the social and behavioural factors which influences the aetiology of cancer, rehabilitation and living with cancer.

The module has the patient and carers as a central focus therefore the practitioner’s role in the management of patients and their families from a psycho-social perspective will be implicit throughout. The prevention detection and management of cancer will be analysed and debated within the context of the UK healthcare system and current Government policy drivers, professional guidelines and pathways of care will be consulted.

You will learn how to appraise current contemporary evidence underpinning the management of cancer in order to appreciate current standards of cancer provision with specific relevance for your clinical practice.  

Course Information

Award Type Level 6

Delivery Method Blend of Short Lectures, Workshops and Reflective Practice

Mode of Study
Part Time

Coach Lane Campus

Start Dates: TBC |

10 weeks

Health, Sport and Social Care

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.


As a professional studying this module you will learn through engagement in a range of learning activities which you can use to link theory to your practice. Your learning will occur through lectures, seminars, group work, and independent study. You will participate in classroom based discussion and case study presentation and be encouraged to discuss and debate contemporary issues in cancer care. In addition to classroom based activities, you will be expected to complete some directed learning activities and also to study independently.  The time for these activities are factored into student timetable.  You will be given the opportunity to scrutinise contemporary research evidence and apply this knowledge to practice. You will be expected to engage in professional networking though peer group activities in order to construct collaborative knowledge and skills. Reflective practice will be embedded into the module and you will be encouraged to review your personal insights and experience of your clinical practice.

Reading lists, module handbook and other resources will all be available from the electronic learning platform BlackBoard Ultra. Formative feedback will be given from the onset of the module through classroom discussion reflective practice and group discussion, which will inform the 2000 word written assignment. The assessment will demonstrate acquired knowledge of the complexity of cancer care and will be submitted electronically via Turnitin.

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 CWD course.


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).


This module is designed for registered health care professionals who work in health care settings and provide care for patients with the four common cancers (lung, breast, colorectal and prostate). You will develop knowledge and understanding of the diagnosis and management of these cancers. This will be achieved through an examination of module content, which will include screening and prevention, diagnostics and treatment options and the practitioners own role in supporting patients with a common cancer. The emphasis is on patient care, the module philosophy has the cancer patient and their family as the central focus, and the psychosocial impact of cancer is implicit throughout the module. You will be encouraged to reflect and explore personal experiences arising from your previous practice and enter into classroom discussion and debate. Specialist practitioners will be invited to deliver some of the module content related to the specific cancer to ensure that the evidence base is current and contemporary.

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.

Evidence of prior Level 5 Study or equivalent.

  1. Critically analyse the significance of social and behavioural factors in the aetiology of the four common cancers
  2. Consolidate and extend your own knowledge of the management of the common cancers within the framework of contemporary cancer care.
  3. Appraise and evaluate the current provision for screening and prevention of the four common cancers in the UK.
  4. Critically analyse the significance of social and behavioural factors in the aetiology of the four common cancers
  5. Critically analyse the significance of social and behavioural factors in the aetiology of the four common cancers

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

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