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 Karen (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

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

Overall student workload

Clinical Placement Hours: 30

Independent Learning Hours: 72

Lecture Hours: 40

Laboratory Hours: 8

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
Oral exam or presentation PRESENTATION 100
Pass/Fail competencies PORTFOLIO (UKONS SACT Passport Part 2) Pass/Fail

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

  • 20 minute presentation of a service development proposal with their Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy service (100% of module marks)

  • Submission of a practice portfolio (UKONS SACT Passport Part 2) (Pass/Fail)

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

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.

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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 2025/6 academic year.