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NQCG3124 Care of People with Cancer

Module Overview

Care of People with Cancer is an inter-professional module for healthcare practitioners who wish to develop the knowledge informing their care of people with cancer. Cancer care occurs across all sectors and involves an array of practitioners in different services: primary care including both District nursing and Practice nurse teams - UK Practice nurses have been identified as key professionals in primary care who will have a vital role in managing cancer as a long-term condition; secondary and tertiary staff in both specialist (e.g. radiotherapy, chemotherapy and surgery) and non-specialist cancer care (e.g. emergency department & intensive care units). The intention is that achieving the aims and outcomes of this module will equip you to investigate your own practice and the service provision and consider the changes needed to improve the care experience of those with cancer. This is an optional module within the BSc (Hons) Clinical Practice programme, as well as the BSc (Hons) Public Health Practice generic pathway. This module can be used as an optional module for MSc Clinical Leadership in Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care, in which one level 6 module can be included as a part of the University masters programme. Module structure The five day module will be delivered over a five week period and a poster with accompanying abstract will be submitted upon completion of the taught component of the module within an eight week period.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To facilitate the development of your knowledge and understanding of the key issues in caring for people with cancer and their families/carers.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the biological nature of cancer, its development and progression
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of and care required in cancer management: prevention, detection, treatment and survivorship
  • Analyse the impact of cancer and its management on an individual’s health and wellbeing, and on that of their family/people significant to them
  • Critically evaluate the adequacy of cancer services, locally and nationally, in relation to drivers such as service user agenda, policy and research
  • Evaluate the implications of your learning in relation to your practice


This module is underpinned by national and international research and theory. The Faculty has an internationally renowned research group in cancer, palliative and end of life care, and their input contributes to this module curriculum. Students will be encouraged to look at a variety of recommended resources (e.g. books, journal articles and websites). In this module there is a focus on the impact of cancer on people, which requires an understanding of the nature of the disease and its management, and the organisation of care in service provision. Summary of the syllabus content: • The nature of significant news and breaking this to a person • Influence of culture, attitudes, values and beliefs in relation to cancer • the different contexts of cancer care provision • Basic science of cancer, including the role of genetics and the immune system • Common causes, signs and symptoms of cancer • Prevention and detection of cancer • Treatment modalities, including the management of treatment consequences • The health care practitioner’s role in service provision across the cancer journey • The role of the health care practitioner in the management of cancer care • Ethical issues, advocacy and disclosure • Challenges in the transition from active treatment to other management approaches

Special Features

The module is aligned with the new all graduate pre-registration curriculum, and is complementary to the post-registration module Care of People with Palliative Care needs and the MSc Clinical Leadership in Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care. The module design also takes account of the European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS) Cancer Nursing Curriculum 2013 (4th Edition), the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) framework for adult cancer nursing (2003) and Macmillan Cancer Support/UKONS A Competence Framework for Nurses - Caring for Patients Living with and Beyond Cancer 2014. The Faculty of Health Sciences is well placed to deliver this module. The module team is constituted from a dynamic group of clinicians, educators and researchers, many of whom are internationally renowned, and most of whom are influential in shaping current policy and practice.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

A variety of approaches will be used to support learning, including lectures, research presentation from key figures in the research group, facilitated group discussion, e-learning, self-directed study, and feedback from module co-ordinators / peers. The module focuses on developing a temporary ‘community of learning practice’ utilising blackboard as a resource repository. Constructivist learning theory is used to underpin the module, and student engagement in activities is a key tenet of the approach to learning. Learning is seen as a social and interactive phenomenon and that learners actively construct learning from their lived experience and make connections with knowledge in different ways. The module is structured to enable learners to consider the content of the module from a practice perspective and interact with other students in the co-construction of knowledge and development of a range of theoretical and practice perspectives. Interaction between students and module leader is structured through the module timetable Activities to engage the students in learning will include presentations to the group, using the on line resources in blackboard (including web-based teaching packages and links to relevant documents and professional bodies), reflection on practice, and peer discussions to test their ideas and gain knowledge from others. A service user has been involved in the development of some resources to prompt thinking and reflection on practice.

Preparation for scheduled sessions15
Independent Study13
Supervised time in studio/workshop2.5
Completion of assessment task60
Follow-up work10
Wider reading or practice55
Total study time183

Resources & Reading list

Duke, Sue and Bailey, Christopher D (2008). Communication: patient and family. In, Payne, Sheila, Seymour, Jane and Ingleton, Christine (eds.) Palliative Care Nursing: Principles and Evidence for Practice. Page 121-144. 

Kearney N, Richardson A (Eds) (2006). Nursing Patients with Cancer principles and practice. 

Keen A and Lennan E (2011). Women's Cancers. 

The National Cancer Patient Experience Programme (2010). National Survey Report. 

World Health Organisation (2007). The World Health Organisation’s fight against cancer: Strategies that prevent, cure and care. 

Yarbro CH, Frogge MH, Goodman M (2011). Cancer Nursing: Principles and practice. 

Corner J and Bailey C (Eds.) (2008). Cancer nursing: care in context. 

Faithfull S, Wells M (2004). Supportive Care in Radiotherapy. 



Oral presentation


MethodPercentage contribution
Evidence based poster 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Evidence based poster 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Travel Costs for placements

There are no additional costs associated with this module. All costs associated with attendance on study days will be supported by the student (e.g. lunch and travel costs).

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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