MSc Advanced Leadership for Professional Practice (Allied Health Profession)

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Principles and Practice of Cancer Care L7

Course unit fact file
Unit code NURS60033
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Variable teaching patterns
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.


  • To develop the student’s understanding of the physical, psychological, spiritual and social impact of cancer on the patient and family.
  • To increase awareness of the different ways in which the patient and family can be supported through the various stages of the cancer journey.
  • To develop analytic and reflective skills, in order to improve clinical decision-making and enhance patient outcomes.
  • Teaching and learning methods

    Teacher Contact which will include lectures, formal teaching, group discussion, skills
    teaching using simulation and teaching models, and problem based learning.
    Personal individual tutorial time
    Directed Study including study in practice environment and completion of the
    requirements for your Practice Assessment Document (PAD)
    Self Directed Study

    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

    Intellectual skills

    • 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.

    Practical skills

    • 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.                                                      

    Assessment methods

    Method Weight
    Written assignment (inc essay) 100%

    Feedback methods

    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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    Study hours

    Scheduled activity hours
    Lectures 42
    Tutorials 2
    Independent study hours
    Independent study 106

    Teaching staff

    Staff member Role
    Joanne Timpson Unit coordinator

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