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.

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

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1 Semester module commencing January or September 

6 contact days and 75 hours of clinical placement

Please contact the Module Lead for specific details regarding assessment submission deadlines:

Module Lead: Nicola Benson 



  • 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

Number of Places and Cost

Number of places:



£1200 (Subject to change)

Venue and Location


Virtual online classroom hosted by The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre


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Call us on: 0151 556 5790