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Patients will present to primary, community and urgent care workers, and role-specific appropriate education should be available to ensure that they have the skills required to recognise acute oncology presentations and know how to access support and advice.

Acute Oncology is Everyones Business

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Level 1 Acute Oncology with competence passport

What will I learn?

Are you looking to enhance your understanding of Acute Oncology (AO)? This module will equip you with the core knowledge required to support people with the problems they may experience as a result of living with cancer or from its treatment.

On completion of the module, you will:

  • Understand the meaning of acute cancer care and the oncology emergency services
  • Be aware of common acute symptoms that patients may experience as a result of their cancer or its treatment
  • Identify some common patient presentations of symptoms with acute cancer or cancer treatment complications
  • Be able to recognise potential emergency symptoms and take appropriate action within your sphere of responsibility to ensure urgent care and optimal outcomes for people with cancer
  • Provide information, care, support, and signposting for people living with cancer within your sphere of responsibility

What level is it? -    Essential level

This module is aligned to the national acute oncology competency passports, and equips learners with Level 1 (core) knowledge. See the UKONS Knowledge and Skills framework for more information. 

All our courses are mapped to Macmillan Person Centred Care Competency Framework (MPCCCF) level. 

Who is it for?

This module is suitable for anyone who works in health or social care who may be in contact with acutely unwell patients with a cancer diagnosis such as:

  • Ambulance patient carers / handlers

  • 111 call handlers

  • 999 call handlers

  • Community / Primary Care Nurses, and Healthcare Support Teams

  • General Practice Teams

  • Hospital and Community Allied Health Professionals

  • Students: Nurses / Medical students / Allied Healthcare Professionals

  • Non-oncology Clinical Nurse Specialists (e.g. Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialists)

  • All healthcare professionals working in non-oncology specialist areas that accept, assess and/or admit acutely unwell patients

  • Diagnostic Radiographers

  • Hospital and Community Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians and Assistants

  • Administrative personnel who have regular patient contact, e.g. medical secretaries

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