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This course is designed for registered nurses who are required to administer systemic anti-cancer treatment as part of their professional role to equip them with a critical understanding of the patient experience and their role as an empathic care provider. The development of service provision through use of critical appraisal and analysis to identify service improvement strategies and the clinical skills and knowledge to practice safely and effectively including clinical competencies in SACT administration.

The assessment components are designed to provide learners with advanced critical appraisal skills, the ability to critically reflect on their own learning journey and use critical analysis to evaluate their own chemotherapy service development along with achievement of evidence based clinical competencies in SACT Administration.

Target Audience

This course is aimed at Registered Nurses working in a service that delivers Systemic Anti-Cancer Treatment (SACT) who are required to administer SACT as part of their role, wish to study at Masters level and have an interest in service development. There are theory and practice components to the course and the practice components are flexible depending on the level of SACT administration experience. This course can be taken as CPD or as part of the MSc Cancer Care Programme pathway.

Date and Duration


7 September 2022 – 14 December 2022



7 September 2022 – 14 December 2022


Teaching sessions and student tutorials will be via online virtual classroom with a mix of directed study included.

Taught Dates: Wednesdays (x5.5)

  • September 7th  (half day induction)
  • September 8th
  • September 9th
  • September 12th
  • September 13th
  • September 14th   

Clinical Placement:

75 hours Clinical Placement, dates to be confirmed                  

Assessment Submission Date:

  • TBC December 2022


  • Effective therapeutic communication, gathering patient needs and the importance of empathy
  • Holistic person centred assessment
  • Critical reflective practice and decision making
  • Exploration of SACT treatments
  • Principles of safe SACT administration and the responsibilities of the nurse
  • Side-effects, risks and impact of SACT
  • Clinical practice based hours to enable achievement of SACT administration competencies

20 credits – academic level 7



Virtual online classroom hosted by The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre