SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 40.00
ECTS Credit Points 20.00
Module Code M2B822664
Module Leader Jennifer Turnbull
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Radiotherapy
  • A (September start)-B (January start)-C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Meeting University/programme requirements to proceed to Level 2

Summary of Content

This module builds upon the placement orientation and induction provided in level 1 and develops the students' professionalism as well as their technical, patient care and communication skills. The students have the opportunity to actively participate in pre-treatment processes and treatment delivery (under supervision). Students also have the opportunity to visit breast screening , nuclear medicine and radiotherapy wards.


-360 1. Simulator equipment and procedures 2. Linear accelerator equipment and procedures 3. Treatment planning procedures 4. Morning run ups 5. Administration of simulation and treatment units 6. Local rules 7. Patient positioning for radiotherapy 8. Accessory devices 9. Use of beam direction devices 10. Basic care of the patient during pre-treatment and treatment procedures to include physical and psychosocial issues 11. Radiotherapy documentation and associated quality assurance mechanisms 12. Effective communication - giving and receiving information 13. Radiotherapy technique for routine procedures 14. Recognition and management of radiotherapy reactions 15. Function and administration of radiotherapy clinics Radiotherapy wards - daily routine and patient care

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:1. Demonstrate professional attitudes and behaviours2. Communicate effectively with staff, patients and carers3. Demonstrate concern for the physical and psychological wellbeing of the patient4. Demonstrate empathy and compassion when interacting with patients and carers5. Under supervision, interpret and implement appropriate planning and treatment information6. Under supervision, demonstrate safe and effective operation of radiotherapy equipment 7. Describe the role of the radiographer in the oncology team8. Explain the importance of accurate and reproducible patient set-up for radiotherapy treatments9. Describe current techniques used in radiotherapy e.g. IMRT10. Explain the advantages and disadvantages of choice of radiotherapy technique 11. Discuss the daily routine of radiotherapy wards and the care of inpatients from a multidisciplinary perspective12. Describe the functions of the nuclear medicine department as well as the specific radiation measures 13. Discuss the functions of radiotherapy out-patient clinics and the role of the multidisciplinary team

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module build upon the knowledge and skills acquired during the extended induction of Level 1. Students benefit from working with and learning from the clinical staff on radiotherapy simulation and treatment units as well as nuclear medicine, ward and clinic staff. Students are supported by tutorials and lectures from academic and specialist clinical personnel and have access to the virtual learning environment to facilitate communication and access module materials. Students have opportunities for reflection in order to validate their existing knowledge, identify gaps in knowledge, to make sense of new knowledge and to guide future learning and development.

Indicative Reading

-108 -108 1. Department of Health (2007) The Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2000 (together with notes on good practice) Department of Health, London. 2. British Institute of Radiology, the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine and the Royal College of Radiologists (2008). A Guide to Understanding the Implications of the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations in Radiotherapy. The Royal College of Radiologists. London. 3. The Society & College of Radiographers (2008) Code of Conduct and Ethics. 4. Health Professions Council (2008) Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics. 5. Health Professions Council (2007) Standards of Proficiency (Radiographers). 6. Health Professions Council (2008) Confidentiality - Guidance for Registrants 7. Journals such as: a. Radiotherapy and Oncology b. International Journal of c. Radiation, Oncology, Biology and Physics d. Radiography e. Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice 8. Internet sources such as: a. b. c. <> -108 9. Textbooks such as: a. Alsop, A. 2000, Continuing Professional Development in Health Care, Blackwell Science, UK Bolton, G. (2010) Reflective Practice: Writing and Professional Development, Paul Chapman Publishing Ltd. b. Barrett A, Dobbs J., Morris S.,Roques T. (2009) Practical Radiotherapy Planning 4 th Edition , London, Hodder Arnold ebook c. Boud D, Keogh R, Walker D (Eds) 1985, Reflection : Turning Experience into Learning d. Brown, R.A. (1995) Portfolio Development and Profiling for Nurses, Central Health Studies. e. Cooper, C.L. & Watson, M. (eds.) (1991) Cancer and stress. London, John Wiley. f. Dickson, D. Hargie, O. & Morrow, N. (1997) Communication Skills Training for Health Professionals. Chapman and Hall. g. Faulkner, A. & Maguire, P. (1994) Talking to Cancer Patients & their Relatives. London, OUP. h. Ghaye, T & Lilleyman, S (2010) Reflection: principles and practice for healthcare professionals, Quay Books 2nd Edition. i. Healey, J. & Spencer, M. (2008) Surviving your Placement in Health and Social Care: A Student Handbook, Open University Press j. Hoskin P (2013) External beam therapy 2 nd edition. Oxford, Oxford University Press k. Hull C. Redfern, L. & Shuttleworth, A. (2005) Profiles and Portfolio's: A Guide for Health & Social Care, (2nd edition), Palgrave Macmillan. l. Moon, J. (2004) A Handbook of Reflective and experiential Learning - theory and practice. Routledge Farmer. m. Rolfe, G. Freshwater, D. & Jasper, M. (2001) Critical reflection for nursing and the helping professions - a user guide. Palgrave. n. Schon, D. A. (1987) Educating the Reflective Practitioner, Jossey-Bass. o. Schon, D. A. (1991) The Reflective Practitioner (2nd edition),Temple Smith. p. Symonds P, Deehan C, Meredith C, Mills JA (2012) Walter and Miller's Textbook of Radiotherapy: Radiation Physics, Therapy and Oncology, 7 th Edition. London, Churchill Livingstone ebook q. Tobias J., Hochhauser (2010) Cancer and Its Management, 6 th Edition.Chichester Wiley Blackwell

Transferrable Skills

-108 -108 On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:- 1. Reflect on their experiential learning and performance and identify further areas for development/ learning goals. 2. Respond to constructive criticism of professional performance and take appropriate action for improvement. 3. Understand the need to develop and maintain their practice portfolio and demonstrate compliance with module requirements. 4. Communicate effectively with patients, staff and carers. 5. Demonstrate the use of IT resources to research and present coursework according to School policy. 6. Develop psychomotor, team working, data processing and clinical reasoning skills.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 90.00
Directed Learning 20.00
Placement 250.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Tutorials (FT) 10.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Reflective Blog n/a 10.00 40% A Level 2 component of the Practice Portfolio
Clinical Assessment n/a 10.00 40% A Level 2 component of the Practice Portfolio
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 40.00 40% OSRE
Staged Assessment n/a 10.00 40% A Level 2 component of the Practice Portfolio
Technique Reports x2 n/a 30.00 40% A Level 2 component of the Practice Portfolio