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Key facts

  • Module codeADPP033
  • Start date 10 Sep 2019
  • Credit value SCQFSCQF 11 20
  • Fees £612
  • Study mode

The module is a single (20 credits at level 11) distance-learning on-line module offered as an option within the MSc Advancing Practice Programme or it can be taken as a stand-alone module.

Cancer is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. It is predicted that cancer will affect 1 in 2 people and, with an ageing population, many of these new cases will occur in older people.  People affected by cancer (PABC) primarily receive treatment now as an out-patient; either in a hospital, primary care facility or at home.  However, healthcare services are seeing a growing number of acutely unwell patients with cancer necessitating ambulance call outs, emergency and/or unplanned admission to hospital.  Unexpected admission to hospital results in longer stays and poorer patient experience. Emergency oncology presentations fall into three categories; related to systemic anti-cancer therapy such as chemotherapy and immunotherapy, related to radiotherapy or directly related to the cancer. As such, recognising, treating and managing these is no longer the sole responsibility of cancer specialists but rather, requires a wider multi-professional team.

This module has been developed in response to the growing number of acutely unwell cancer patients seen by specialist and generalist nurses, paramedics and community teams.  It is also responding to a new sub-speciality emerging in oncology and limited opportunities to learn about this area within current master’s modules across the UK.  The module will align learning and teaching within the three emergency oncology categories.  There will be opportunities to learn from experts in the field and an optional study day is planned. 

This module will be of interest to specialist and non-specialist nurses, paramedics and allied health professionals who meet, assess, treat or support people affected by cancer. 

  • Funding

    Find out more about fees and funding.

    A flexible payment scheme is operated by the University for students who are self-funding.

  • Objectives

    On successful completion of the module, you should be able to achieve the following.

    1. Demonstrate depth and systematic knowledge of acute oncology presentations and their underlying pathophysiology.
    2. Critically review the physical, psychological and emotional sequel of an emergency presentation and apply good practice and governance.
    3. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the relationship between cancer, acute events and long term management.
    4. Engage reflectively on the role of the multi professional team in co-coordinating care when an acute oncological event occurs.
    5. Critically evaluate [the impact of] strategies that can promote or can hinder cancer care management.
  • Delivery and assessment

    The assignment includes a critical incident analysis (part one) from practice and an open book online exam (part two) focusing on signs, symptoms, presentations and management of presenting patients. 

  • Module co-ordinator

    Sue Cruickshank, Associate Professor Cancer Nursing

  • Employability

    This module supports the development of employability skills by providing: (delete as applicable)

    Opportunities for work-related learning

    • Field work
    • Clinical Practice simulation exercises
    • Guest lectures from business and industry (private/public/third sector

    Opportunities for reflective practice

    • Opportunity for you to reflect on your skills development and how you have developed knowledge and understanding within the module
    • Opportunity to articulate reflections either verbally or in written format

    Employer Engagement

    This module has been developed with input from professionals, practitioners or industry

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