SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHB822659
Module Leader Louise McKendrick
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Radiotherapy
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module aims to prepare students to enter their chosen profession as safe and effective practitioners. In order to develop future leaders in the profession national and international policies relating to radiotherapy practice and service delivery. In addition the role of cancer charities in the support and care for patients and their carers will be explored Other topics included in the module are cancer survivorship, the psychosocial, end of life and spiritual and holistic care of cancer patients.


-360 1. National and international policy relating to radiotherapy practice and service delivery 2. Psychosocial support for cancer patients and carers 3. Cancer survivorship and supported self management 4. The role of cancer charities 5. Palliative and end of life care and the role of the hospice 6. Spiritual and holistic care of cancer patients and their families 7. Body image 8. Complementary therapies 9. Advanced communication skills

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this module students should be able to:-1. Evaluate the factors impacting on professional practice in radiotherapy and oncology within the global context2. Critically evaluate national and professional body policy on the delivery of safe and effective care for cancer patients.3. Critically evaluate the provision of psychosocial, end of life and spiritual and holistic care of cancer patients.4. Evaluate the impact of the aging population on cancer treatment resources and discuss the role of supported self-management for cancer survivors.5. Evaluate the role of cancer charities in the support of patients and their families6. Evaluate the role of complementary therapies in thr management of patients with cancer.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Keynote lectures from GCU and external speakers provide the theoretical content of the module supplemented by tutorial sessions where the application of theory to practice is explored. Directed learning and private study promotes reflection and lifelong learning. This module is supported by the GCU VLE. Formative assessment will be undertaken at key points throughout the module to demonstrate areas of potential weakness to the students so that remedial action can be taken.

Indicative Reading

Books -360 1. 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 2. Grassi L. Riba M (2012) Clinical Psycho-Oncology: An International Perspective <> Wiley 3. Rankin J., Robb K., Murtagh N, Cooper J (2008) Rehabilitation in Cancer Care Blackweel Oxford Journals -360 1. Clinical Oncology -360 2. Complementary Therapies in Medicine 3. Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice Websites -360 4. Royal College of Radiologists <> 5. Society of Radiographers 6. NHS Scotland <> 7. NHS Healthcare Improvement Scotland <> 8. NHS Scotland e-library <> 9. Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care <> 10. NES Supporting Self Management Toolkit <> Texts -360 11. Palliative & end-of-life care: clinical practice guidelines. Kuebler, Kim K. W.B. Saunders Co (2007) -360 12. Common core competences and principles for health and social care workers working with adults at the end of life. NHS, Skills for Health, Skills for Care, DoH (2008) <> 13. Treatment and Care Towards the End of Life. General Medical Council (2010) <>

Transferrable Skills

Transferrable skills associated with this module are: ICT skills, teamwork and interpersonal skills, problem solving, critical thinking, clinical reasoning, collaboration and communication skills; task prioritisation and time management skills; academic writing.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Directed Learning 25.00
Seminars (FT) 10.00
Practicals (FT) 5.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Tutorials (FT) 15.00
Lectures (FT) 25.00
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 70.00 35% Coursework - 3000 words
Poster n/a 30.00 35% Poster