Psychology of Cancer Care

Psychology of Cancer Care

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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.

Professional recognition

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 or Apple Mac Supported Office Software
  • the current version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox

Fees and Funding for 2024/25

Indicative price for stand-alone module

Home student: £1,720

EU / International students: £1,720 - this is part-time study and therefore cannot provide sponsorship for Tier 4.

How to apply

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

To apply for a Workforce Development / Workforce Transformation funding WDF/WTF funded place, please complete and return the relevant application form below

Further information and Workforce Development Funding / CPD Funding online application form

  • Entry requirements

    • 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

  • Attendance

    Delivery Method:

    This module is delivered via distance learning

    View our statement on notional study hours »

    Provisional timetable

    Induction week: Monday 15th January 2024

    Module starts: Monday 22nd January 2024

    This module is delivered via distance learning. 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:

    • Critical Review
    • Critical Reflection

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

Further details

For further information please contact Denyse Hodgson  or contact the student experience team:

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