Module code: NURM175

Module Overview

This module is designed to meet the needs of practitioners who care for people receiving Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy and the toxicity relating to their treatment.

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

POOLE K Dr (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: B700

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

NMC Registrant At least 6 months working in a cancer care setting

Module content

Treatment principles
Anatomy and physiology of cancer
Administration of Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy
Legal, ethical and professional issues
Care for the person and their family
Contribution to the multi-disciplinary team
Implications of new evidence and policy/maintaining current skills
Living with and beyond Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy for cancer
Leadership and management issues in Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy services

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework PRESENTATION 100
Coursework PORTFOLIO (UKONS SACT Passport Part 2) Pass/Fail

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the following:


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of either option A or B


Option A: 20 minute presentation of a service development proposal within their Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy service.  


Option B: 20 minute presentation of a reflective case study, care of patient receiving Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy
Submission of a practice portfolio (UKONS SACT Passport Part 2)


Formative assessment

The opportunity to present a brief outline of a reflective practice development or service improvement
EBL group work presentations


Students will be given feedback/support from people involved in the course, including work based supervisors, with timely replies to emails and use of Surrey Learn.


Please note that any evidence of unsafe practice or breach of confidentiality will result in an automatic refer for the module.

Module aims

  • Enable nurses to acquire the competence to administer Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy (SACT) safely whilst ensuring that individualised care is achieved through comprehensive assessment and management strategies.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Expand their existing theoretical base to enhance their own and others' practice in relation to the care pathway of a person with cancer who requires Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy (SACT) including cancer biology and cytotoxic and immunotherapy pharmacology. KPT
002 Explore their clinical role in terms of nurse led practice and multi-disciplinary team education. KCP
003 Critically analyse their Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy (SACT) service in terms of leadership and management issues. KCP
004 Critically reflect on their professional practice and evaluate the need for service improvement and practice development. KCP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 90

Lecture Hours: 40

Laboratory Hours: 8

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: facilitate learning and teaching by using a variety of teaching methods including structured and work based learning


The learning and teaching methods include:

Blended learning –

Use of e-learning platform.
Facilitation and interactive lectures/discussions
Group discussions, presentation and student led seminars
Case studies/narratives and simulation scenarios in skills labs e.g. neutropenic sepsis
Digital media
Utilisation of online resources to develop knowledge for group activity.

Work based learning –

supervised practice

portfolio of clinical practice to include National Occupational Standards for Chemotherapy

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list


Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.