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Principles of Integrated Practice in Cancer Care University Certificate in Postgraduate Professional Development

Designed in recognition of the growing need for accredited education throughout cancer networks, including the Northern Cancer Alliance and Higher Education England.


24 weeks

100% online


Course overview

This module links to the multi-professional framework for advanced clinical practice in England (HEE, 2017) and aligns at the appropriate level with nationally recognised competencies for cancer to nursing and allied health professionals.

Realise, develop and integrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes mapped to appropriately levelled national competencies for cancer. Gain advanced 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.

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Course details

How you learn

You learn online by taking part in three group tutorials over Microsoft Teams. A welcome tutorial outlines your academic support and the course book, which incorporates ten interactive learning packages addressing the subjects relevant to supporting people with cancer. The second tutorial takes place mid-way through the module to offer support, and the third helps you prepare for your assessment.

The module leader is also available to support you when preparing for final assessment.

You liaise with your manager (clinical mentor) to choose a work-based mentor to give you support and facilitation while completing the coursebook. You and your clinical mentor identify your learning needs and opportunities, depending on your experience and the area you work in. The work-based mentor gives formative feedback on your reflection of learning.

The coursebook is interactive, with links to reliable and up-to-date resources, empowering you to develop confidence in finding and critically appraising evidence and engaging with future independent learning and development. Several links to evidence involve users, allowing for authentic learning and for you to critically reflect on practice. Access details are provided in the coursebook, and further help is available through the module leader. You can also access individual support in the University’s library learning hub.

How you are assessed

The assessment includes two components. Component one is the ten completed coursebook sections. Component two is producing a talking head video presentation lasting up to 20 minutes. Delivered to a virtual multidisciplinary team, (in the context of disciplines representing their own specialty) you select and critically appraise a significant area of learning from the module. You make recommendations to improve patient outcomes within your own work area and answer two questions relating to leadership and service improvement. The topic is discussed and agreed beforehand with your practice mentor and module leader.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You should have studied previously at level 6 and be a health and social care professional, working in any environment with clients or patients who have cancer. With support from your manager, you must identify a mentor in practice, to support you through the module.



Career opportunities

This module expands your knowledge and skills in your current practice environment.


Learning platform

Our virtual learning environment (VLE) is the platform you use to access your online course


Teesside University online learning courses are delivered through the Brightspace Learning Environment.

Here are some of the benefits.

  • You can use it on your smartphone, tablet and computer.
  • And you can use it anytime, so that you can plan your learning to fit your own schedule.
  • It's easy to use and navigate.
  • Modules are set out by topics and themes. You can use the progress bar to understand where you are in your modules, and appreciate your achievements.
  • We support you to become familiar with your VLE, helping you to start learning quickly.
  • You get feedback, help and guidance from tutors throughout your course through the VLE, and you can ask questions at any time.
  • Our tutors use a live activity feed to keep you updated about your course.
  • You can create a student profile, collaborate with other students and take part in online discussion forums.

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Online learning

Online learning allows you to get a university-level qualification from the comfort of your own home or workplace. You'll have access to all of the world-class teaching and support that Teesside University has to offer, but all of your lectures, tutorials and assessments will take place online.

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2024/25 entry

Fee for applicants:

  • Length: 24 weeks
  • 100% online
  • Start date: October
  • Level: Master's
  • Credits: 20

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