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Advancing Radiotherapy Planning Practice

Technical Advances in Radiotherapy
Technical Advances in Radiotherapy
Technical Advances in Radiotherapy
Technical Advances in Radiotherapy

Introduction

This module will explore and evaluate technological innovations, new developments and future research avenues in all areas of radiotherapy planning. By the end of the module you should be able to effectively use the evidence base to critically appraise the impact of technological innovations and improved planning methods on the treatment planning process, appraise the clinical impact on patient quality of life and critically evaluate the appropriateness and applicability of innovations and advanced planning techniques to clinical practice.

Who the module is aimed at

This module will be of relevance to all those Therapy Radiographers, Radiation Therapists, Dosimetrists and other health care professionals working in the field of radiotherapy planning.

Benefits of taking the module to the individual, the organisation and the patient

The module has been designed with current drivers and agendas focused on staff development and career progression, in mind. This module will offer support for progression of Clinical Scientists and Dosimetrists currently limited to plan checking and wishing to become more involved in the planning process or meaningful research.

What you learn

The aim of this module is to explore and evaluate technological innovations, new developments and future research avenues in all areas of radiotherapy planning.

General areas covered

  • Inverse planning
  • IMRT Advanced
  • 4D Planning
  • Arc Therapy
  • Biological plan evaluation
  • Planning procedures for stereotactic conformal therapy and brachytherapy
  • Adaptive planning
  • SABR
  • CT Planned TBI
  • Planning procedures for brachytherapy 2
  • Proton Therapy
  • New developments as they arise

Skills gained for the workplace, technical skills or academic skills

  • Reflective practice
  • Critical appraisal and evaluation
  • Evidence based practice

Unique or interesting features

You will have regular online opportunities to discuss and share practice and ideas with others on the module and gain feedback from your tutor.

Professional recognition

Accredited by Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR).

To study this distance learning module you will require access to a planning suite and a computer with:

  • a reliable internet connection
  • Microsoft Windows XP or newer (PCs) / OSX 10.6 or newer (Mac)
  • Internet Explorer version 8 or newer (PC), Safari 4.0 or newer (Mac) or the current version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox
  • Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 7 or newer

Fees and Funding for 2019/20

Indicative price for stand-alone module

Home / EU student: £1,335

International students: £1,335 - this is part-time study and therefore cannot provide sponsorship for Tier 4.

Funding

This module attracts Learning Beyond Registration/Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (LBR/SSPRD) funding by the following schemes:

How to apply

To apply for a self-funded place, please complete and return the application form below:


To apply for a Learning Beyond Registration/Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (LBR/SSPRD) funded place, please complete and return the relevant application form below:

Further information and LBR/SSPRD online application form

  • Entry requirements

    • Relevant professional qualification
    • Relevant work experience
    • Access to radiotherapy planning software 
    • Reliable internet connection
    • If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill area

    The above must be evidenced in your application form

  • Attendance

    Delivery Method:

    This module is delivered via distance learning

    View our statement on notional study hours »

    Provisional timetable

    This module is planned to commence delivery from week commencing 30th September 2019 with online induction taking place from week commencing 23rd September 2019.  The module is delivered over a 12 week period.

    For distance learning modules attendance at the University is not required but engagement with online activity is expected.









    View our statement on timetable changes »

  • Assessment

    Module assessment is made up of one or more assessment tasks. The assessment task(s) for this module are:

    • Written Assignment
    • Project Work

    Successful completion of this module will earn you 30 level 7 credits

Further details

For further information please contact the module leader Sheela Macwan - S.M.Macwan@shu.ac.uk or contact the student experience team:

0114 225 4336
AlliedHealth@shu.ac.uk

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