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Psychological skills in cancer care

When you'll study it
Semester 3
CATS points
10
ECTS points
5
Level
Level 7
Module lead
Lynn Calman
Academic year
2024-25

Module overview

In this module you will further your knowledge and skills necessary to deliver psychologically skilled cancer care in line the NICE guideline ‘Improving supportive and palliative care for adults with cancer’, to provide timely and sensitive care based on theory and evidence i.e., Level 2 psychological support (NICE 2004). You will develop an in-depth understanding of assessing psychological wellbeing, and of planning and delivering psychologically-informed care. You will learn how to deliver low-intensity interventions including psychological information and psychoeducation for patients and families, support people to self-manage and adjust to life situations, problem solving and managing crises. You will develop an understanding of the importance of psychologically informed care within the multidisciplinary team (MDT), and of how to support people affected by cancer to access additional services when they require specialist psychological care. You will also be supported to develop skills as a reflective practitioner, including self-awareness and the importance of utilising psychological supervision. The module runs at FHEQ level seven, it is a masters level course. However, the training we offer also aligns with NICE guidance for level two psychological support (NICE 2004) and builds on your previous experience. Consequently this module is aimed at clinicians that can demonstrate significant clinical experience in cancer care e.g., clinical nurse specialists.

NICE (2004) Improving supportive and palliative care for adults with cancer https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/csg4

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