The Christie launches pioneering cancer MSc

Press release posted 20 September 2016

The Christie’s award winning School of Oncology is launching an MSc Specialist Practice: Cancer Pathway in partnership with The University of Manchester for nurses and allied health professionals working in cancer.  

The course will help cancer professionals improve levels of care for cancer patients, bringing the latest developments in the lab and classroom to the bedside.  

Students will have the opportunity to learn from world renowned experts in the field of cancer education and care in this unique course.  

As an international leader of research and development, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest single centre cancer treatment centres in Europe, supporting a wide range of early phase clinical trials and other critical research.  

The Christie’s School of Oncology provides undergraduate education, clinical, continuing professional development and medical education - the first of its kind in the UK.  It runs an extensive events and conferences programme, and is at the forefront of the development of Technology Enhanced Learning in cancer education. 

Through partnerships with organisations like The University of Manchester, The Christie brings together one of the biggest concentrations of expertise, ambition and resources in the world, to help create a future without cancer.  

The MSc will help develop the skills and knowledge that will help drive improvements and developments in clinical practice and service delivery. It gives students the chance to learn from world renowned experts in the field of cancer education and care. It will improve career prospects and, most importantly, improve the levels of care to cancer patients, bringing the latest developments in the lab and classroom to the bedside.  

Developed in partnership between The University of Manchester and The Christie School of Oncology, the course is informed by the clinical practice and research carried out by specialists within these organisations. Students will benefit from tutors who are at the forefront of their discipline, bringing the latest intelligence in their field to students.  

Associated director of education at The Christie, Dr Cathy Heaven said; “For me, the unique aspect of the programme is that the development of specialist modules is led by people working in specialist practice on a daily basis – our modules are led by clinicians who could be working in a clinic in the morning, and then developing education in the afternoon.   

This gives students the confidence to know that when they undertake our modules, the learning is reinforced by ‘real world’ experience.

The course provides students with the option to choose full or part-time study options, which incorporate a range of teaching methods including online and face-to-face learning. A number of units are also available to study individually, which could form part of a CPD or count towards a final award. The School is also looking at opportunities for access to this course via a Higher Apprenticeship route.  

The course begins in September 2016. To find out more please visit www.christie.nhs.uk or email friday.knight@christie.nhs.uk.

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