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UCLan Cancer Studies group validate new course

The UCLan Cancer Studies group is proud to introduce a new course starting this September. The MSc Delivering Quality Cancer Care programme is aimed at people involved in the organisation and delivery of cancer services, or whose role involves supporting patients with cancer across health, social care and the third sectors. The course is the result of collaboration among academics, researchers, service users and our partners in the NHS, who were all seeking to respond to the new landscape of cancer services, which is now more focused on raising awareness about cancer, reducing inequality and outcomes such as quality of life and living with and beyond cancer.

The course covers a broad range of subject areas that are important in the delivery of high quality, user-focused cancer services, with modules addressing cancer awareness and early detection, understanding and living with cancer, service development and leadership, end of life care, and communication, as well as research. This diversity of content is matched by the diverse range of people involved in delivering the course, which includes service users, social scientists, doctors, nurses, ethicists, members of the legal professions, basic scientists and other health professionals.

Course Leader Colin Thain commented: “This is an exciting development. The fact that it involves people from across the University has been very stimulating. The modules are drawn from three Schools – Health, Postgraduate Medicine and Dentistry, and the Lancashire Business School – with staff from various other Schools involved with the development, providing invaluable input. It has been great to see how different groups’ perspectives could be brought together to build a course that seeks to stimulate/develop new ways of thinking about services for people with cancer. We hope the course will appeal to a diverse range of people, thus enabling cross-fertilisation of these ideas and leading to real change in the world of cancer care.’

Kinta Beaver, Professor of Cancer Nursing said: 'This is a really exciting opportunity to bring together research, teaching and services for cancer patients. It offers the chance for us all to work together towards greater understanding of the impact of cancer, and how services can evolve to meet the needs of patients and carers. I’m really looking forward to being involved in the course, and to meeting what we hope will be a diverse student group.’

Steve Willcocks, Lancashire Business School, commented: ‘We are very happy to be involved in this new course, which reflects how cancer services are changing, with greater emphasis on the role of service-users and recent increased concern with quality and outcomes in care in the wake of the Francis report.'