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This course is designed to equip professionals with an appreciation of the patient experience, their role as an empathic care provider and the clinical skills and knowledge to practice safely and effectively, including achievement of clinical competencies for administration of SACT. The assessment components are designed to provide learners with critical appraisal skills and the ability to critically reflect on their own learning journey.

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. 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.

NB. If you are pregnant, breast-feeding, planning a pregnancy or undergoing fertility treatment you may wish to consider whether it is an appropriate time for you to enrol on this module as the practice placement requires you to administer a range of SACT treatments including cytotoxic chemotherapy


Date and Duration


10 January 2024 – 1 May 2024



10 January 2024 – 1 May 2024


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

Taught Dates: 

  • Wednesday 10th January  
  • Thursday 11th January
  • Friday 12th January 
  • Monday 15th January
  • Tuesday 16th January
  • Wednesday 17th January

Clinical Placement:

75 hours Clinical Placement scheduled between 22nd January - 11th March 2024                 

Assessment Submission Date:

  • Written Reflection: 11am on Monday 22nd April 2024
  • OSCE (online unseen examination):  Monday 29th April 2024 (student attendance required on this date)
  • SACT passport: Uploaded to Canvas by 11am on Wednesday 24th April 2024



  • 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 6



Virtual online classroom hosted by The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre