Advancing Radiotherapy Planning Practice
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
- 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.
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.
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:
- 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
This module is delivered via distance learning
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.
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