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

This award is for healthcare professionals who administer cytotoxic chemotherapy for patients with cancer. On completion you reach the required standard for practice by the North of England and the national standard Cancer Quality Measures (DH, 2004).


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 chemotherapy administration.

The course enables you to:

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

Funding 2022/23
Funded places may be available. You will be notified if you are eligible for a funded place within your organisation once you have applied.

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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 required for the administration of chemotherapy as well as the underpinning evidence for the treatment given. The holistic needs of both the patient and the family are addressed, as are the health and safety and emergency procedures required to protect the patient.

How you learn

You have contact sessions with the module leader. Key lectures, seminars and group work prepare you for your specialist chemotherapy competencies attainment and help you identify your learning needs. This includes performing a SWOT analysis and developing a learning contract.

You are assessed on the achievement of your chemotherapy clinical competencies through a portfolio of evidence by an advanced practice mentor approved by the North of England Chemotherapy Network. The mentor will be an advanced chemotherapy practitioner from your clinical area, who will support you throughout the award to successful completion of your chemotherapy competencies.

You undertake a formative review of progress at designated points throughout the award. Summative assessment takes place through the successful achievement of all portfolio benchmarks and submission of appropriate essential evidence, including a 3,000-word case study.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants should have one year's experience in a chemotherapy environment.



Career opportunities

This award will allow you to administer chemotherapy, and may support your career advancement within the area of chemotherapy in oncology.



2023/24 entry

Fee for applicants:

Limited funded places available

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

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