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Principles of Integrated Practice in Cancer and other Long-Term Conditions University Certificate in Professional Development

This module addresses the complex, multidimensional implications for people living with cancer and other long-term conditions (LTCs), and their families.


Course overview

It is designed in recognition of a growing need for accredited education throughout cancer networks, including the Northern Cancer Alliance and Higher Education England. It links to the multi-professional framework for advanced clinical practice in England (HEE, 2017) and will align at the appropriate level, with nationally recognised competencies for cancer to nursing and allied health professionals.

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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Course details

What you study

You realise, develop and integrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes mapped to appropriately levelled national competencies for cancer. You gain advance skills in communication and multi-dimensional assessment (including social support), to anticipate and coordinate self-management and support needs beyond the patient’s current care episode.

These outcomes align with the four pillars of practice, identified in the multi-professional framework for advanced clinical practice in England.

How you learn

An live video-link induction with the module leader on the first day of the course outlines your academic support and the course book, which, incorporates a series of ten interactive learning packages, addressing subjects pertinent to supporting people with cancer and LTC.

A mid-point group participant event via TEAMS, will be scheduled to:
- share learning and reflect on progress
- explore solutions together relating to issues
- facilitate discussion for preparation for the talking heads video (your summative assessment).

The module leader is available to support you and your mentor when
preparing for final assessment.

You liaise with your manager (clinical mentor) to choose a work-based mentor to give you support and facilitation, whilst completing the coursebook. You and your clinical mentor will identify your learning needs and opportunities, depending on your experience and the area you work in. The work-based mentor will give formative feedback on your reflection of learning and evaluate self-assessed competencies, and an overview of your development as a practitioner.

The coursebook is interactive, with links to reliable and up-to-date resources which empowers you to develop confidence in finding and critically appraising evidence, and engage with future independent learning and development. Several links to evidence involve users, which allows for authentic learning and for you to critically reflect on practice. The coursebook is available via the virtual learning environment, and includes literature searching, academic writing, referencing and confidentiality and consent. Access details are in the coursebook and further help is available via the module leader. You can also access individual support in the University’s library learning hub.

How you are assessed

Assessment comprises two components:

Ten completed course book sections, with a formative evaluation of self-assessed competencies and signed reflections of learning and development by you and your clinical mentor.

A talking head video presentation, up to 15 minutes, to a virtual multidisciplinary team (in the context of disciplines representing your specialty), which selects and critically appraises a significant area of learning from the module. You make recommendations to improve patient outcomes within your work area. The topic will be discussed and agreed beforehand with your clinical mentor and module leader.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You should be a health and social care professional, working in any environment with clients/patients who have cancer and other long-term conditions (including patients living with and beyond cancer, palliative, and end of life care). With support from your manager, you need to identify a mentor in practice, to support you through the module.



2022/23 entry

Fee for applicants:

  • Length: 24 weeks
  • Start date: October
  • Level: Degree

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