Psychology of Cancer Care
This module has been designed for health professionals working in oncology and cancer care. It will enable you to extend and develop the skills you use and the care you deliver in practice by developing a deeper awareness and critical understanding of the physical, psychological and emotional needs of patients and their carers. You will be encouraged to critically reflect on your practice and that of others, including opportunities for discussion with your peers.
Who the module is aimed at
This module is designed for experienced professionals working within radiotherapy, oncology, palliative care and associated services who wish to further develop their knowledge of psychological problems and interventions available to those who are affected by cancer.
Benefits of taking the module to the individual, the organisation and the patient
By engaging with this module you will be able to examine the psychological impact of cancer and enhance the specialist knowledge needed to develop your practice in providing psychological support to patients / carers affected by cancer, whilst recognising the boundaries of your expertise and utilising appropriate referral systems. This will allow you to influence evidence-based changes to current practice. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their learning and practice throughout the module and this can be documented in your professional development portfolios.
What you learn
The Psychology of Cancer Care module aims to introduce the practitioner to the patient/carer perspective of cancer and the range of issues that can impact on that experience. This module will explore the ‘cancer journey’ and utilise current professional guidelines and health policy to assess levels of support and interventions appropriate to the individual patient/carer.
General areas covered
- The patient experience and policy frameworks
- Specific psychosocial issues
- Levels of intervention and assessment
- Caring for the carers
Skills gained for the workplace, technical skills or academic skills
Skills in patient psychological assessment and referral, reflection and self awareness, recognition of stress and burnout in 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 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
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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:
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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
- 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 20th January 2020 with online induction taking place from week commencing 13th January 2020. This module is normally 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:
- Critical Review
- Critical Reflection
Successful completion of this module will earn you 30 level 7 credits