MSc Specialist Practice (Cancer) / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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Course unit details:
Foundation in Cancer Care
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Variable teaching patterns|
|Offered by||Nursing & Midwifery|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
The unit will enable you to explore a range of issues affecting the organization and delivery of person-centred cancer care across institutional and community settings, enhancing your knowledge and skills in relation to the facilitation of the therapeutic frame within cancer nursing care, multidisciplinary team working, holistic symptom management and effective communication with patients and families living with a cancer diagnosis. Current treatment options and research will be discussed alongside broader concepts such as assessment, personalised-care, quality of life issues and supportive care.
Teaching and learning methods
Knowledge and understanding
- Critically analyse ways in which a cancer diagnosis may cause significant challenges for patients and their families
- Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the common problems associated with cancer and its treatment and critically appraise how these can be managed and minimized
- Critically evaluate a range of models of care delivery that can be used to support patients with cancer and their families
- Critically evaluate research in order to provide evidence-based care within the context of your own professional cancer practice.
- Critically examine how legal, ethical, political and professional frameworks influence professional practice in the cancer setting.
- Critically analyse the concepts of supportive and palliative care.
- Use evidence-based care to promote and provide safe practice when caring for patients undergoing cancer treatment.
- Devise strategies to provide supportive and palliative care for patients with cancer and their families.
- Communicate developments in practice to the multidisciplinary team
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Reflect on your own knowledge and skills in the provision of cancer care and critically consider ways to facilitate their improvement.
- By critically analysing and evaluating evidence, identify how effective cancer care can be promoted.
- Exercise responsibility for personal learning.
|Written assignment (inc essay)||100%|
Students will normally have the opportunity to receive feedback on formative work submitted prior to the summative assessment. Other feedback opportunities will also be available in class and online discussion boards. Online feedback is provided in Grademark. Provisional feedback based on internal marking will be made available prior to the Exam Board on the basis that these marks are yet to be ratified at the Exam Board and therefore may be subject to change. A standard feedback mechanism in Grademark is utilised across all postgraduate programmes within the School which provides detailed and constructive feedback on each component and aspect of assessment and identifies areas of strength and those aspects which could be enhanced.
Student feedback is obtained through open discussion forums on blackboard, in class discussions, via formal University unit evaluation forms and also qualitative, in house evaluations at the end of the unit.
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|Joanne Timpson||Unit coordinator|