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Chemotherapy - Enhancing Practice in Cancer Care University Certificate in Professional Development

This award is for healthcare professionals who administer systemic anti-cancer treatment (SACT) for patients with cancer. On completion, you reach the required national standard for cancer quality measures (Department of Health, 2011).


Course overview

As a healthcare professional you provide high standards of evidence-based holistic care to patients and their families, and are assessed as competent in SACT administration.

The course enables you to:

  • meet North of England chemotherapy competencies
  • analyse and evaluate principles underpinning the care of patients receiving SACT, demonstrating the intellectual flexibility required for decision making and their care..

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Where you study

You study at Teesside University’s main campus in Middlesbrough and in practice.


Course details

What you study

The award addresses the skills you need for the administration of SACT, and underpinning evidence for the treatment. You focus on the holistic needs of the patient and their family, and the health, safety and emergency procedures required to protect the patient.

How you learn

You have sessions with your module leader, and key lectures, seminars and group work prepare you for your specialist SACT competencies attainment. You also identify your learning needs, which includes performing a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis and developing a learning contract.

How you are assessed

Your achievement of the SACT clinical competencies is assessed through a portfolio of evidence, by an assessor approved by the North of England Chemotherapy Network. Your mentor is an advanced SACT practitioner from your clinical area, who supports you throughout the award.

You undertake progress reviews throughout the award. Formal assessment takes place through the successful achievement of all portfolio benchmarks, and submission of appropriate essential evidence including a 3,000-word assignment.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants should have one year's experience as a qualified nurse.



Career opportunities

This award will allow you to administer SACT, and may support your career advancement in this area of cancer care.



2024/25 entry

Fee for applicants:

Limited funded places available

  • Length: 1 year
  • Start date: October and March
  • Level: Degree
  • Credits: 40

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