Acute Oncology Online Module

Many people’s lives are touched by cancer, either through direct experience or seeing someone close to them suffer with the disease. In line with a desire to diagnose and treat cancer more effectively specialist acute oncology teams have been established in District General Hospitals throughout the country. These teams include consultants, nurses and other practitioners who all need to work together to treat emergency presentations of cancer and care for patients with their expertise and experience.

To help develop and train these teams, establish new treatment protocols and share best practice an online module in Acute Oncology has been developed within the University of Liverpool. Running for the second time in September this year, and significantly redeveloped from the first instance in February, this eight week module aims to train professionals involved with acute oncology. It is the first online module in the UK catering for this specialised important initiative.

The module structure consists of six purely online weeks of content created by experts in the field, combined with participation in interactive discussion boards on selected topics. This module is fully accredited by the University and carries 15 CETS and is approved for 16 CPD points. The activities within the module ask participants to demonstrate their knowledge of NHS structures and the management of cancer. It also asks them to critically reflect on their own practice and evaluate current protocols and processes with reference to the appropriate literature. The personal reflection takes the form of entries into an assessed learning diary and recorded outcomes from formative assessments.

Paul Duvall and Phil Walker from the eLearning Unit (eLU) have produced this online module in partnership with academic colleagues from the Health and Life Sciences Faculty. The academic lead for this module is Dr John Green from the Institute of Translational Medicine. The eLU provide support to create online Continuing Professional Development (CPD) modules and resources for departments in the University. This module is just one of the online CPD projects currently in progress within the eLU.

With students from around the country (one even studying from New Zealand!) in the current cohort it is anticipated that this module will be repeated multiple times over the coming years and plans to enhance the module further with additional multimedia content and interviews with experts in the field are already under way.

If you are interested in this module development, eLearning Unit activities or if you would like to produce online CPD within your department please contact us for further information at elearning@liv.ac.uk .

Paul Duvall

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