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PgDip Radiotherapy and Oncology in Practice

Course Description

If you are a non-radiotherapy graduate who would like to become a registered therapeutic radiographer, this postgraduate course in radiotherapy and oncology will prepare you to become one. By graduating from this course, you are allowed to register for this role through the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

By qualifying in this area you are able to respond to the increasing demand for therapeutic radiographers in the health service. Medical, technological and professional advances in radiotherapy mean the role of the therapeutic radiographer is ever changing.

Your on-campus training is based at the £13 million purpose-built Robert Winston Building. Here you use the state-of-the-art virtual environment for radiotherapy training (VERT). It creates a life-size 3D replica of a clinical environment. We also have 20 networked eclipse planning computers and 10 image review licences with specialist staff on hand to teach you radiotherapy planning and image matching. We are one of the only universities outside of the USA that can offer these facilities.

You get real insights into all aspects of radiography with our professionally approved teaching programme. You learn from a lecturing team who are all qualified radiographers involved in research at a national level.

In addition to this expertise, we invite guest lecturers to teach that are leaders in their field. You also meet and hear from ex-patients who share their experiences of treatment.

As part of the course, you gain important clinical experience in one of our nine participating hospitals. This gives you the knowledge, skills and confidence to undertake and develop your professional role.

Clinical placements may be taken in:
-St James' Hospital, Leeds.
-Royal Derby Hospital.
-James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough.
-Leicester Royal Infirmary.
-Lincoln County Hospital.
-The Freeman Hospital, Newcastle.
-Nottingham City Hospital.
-Castle Hill Hospital, Hull.
-Weston Park Hospital, Sheffield.

To begin with, your studies focus on the theoretical knowledge you need for your clinical experience. We encourage you to question and analyse, not simply accept the theory wholesale. You also learn to look at the complete picture from the view of the: patient; healthcare team; associated scientific principles.

You gradually learn to apply theory to practice and tailor treatment to each patient by accurately targeting high dose radiation beams and sparing surrounding normal tissues.

Your studies enable you to develop and adapt your clinical expertise through reflective practice. You learn to analyse and evaluate your experience as you gain and develop new skills and competencies and to look for areas that need changing.

The course is designed in response to recent government initiatives to: modernise healthcare education; increase recruitment into the health service; improve cancer care services.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/pgdip-radiotherapy-and-oncology-in-practice

Radiotherapy open days

Find out more about a radiotherapy career by attending an open day at a radiotherapy department.
-Leicester Royal Infirmary – Thursday 26 November.
-Leeds Radiotherapy Department – Friday 9 and Saturday 10 October.

CPD online

CPD Online, part of our CPD Anywhere™ framework, is being offered free to new graduates of this course for 12 months, as part of our commitment to support your lifelong learning.

CPD Online is an online learning environment which provides information to help your transition into the workplace. It can enhance your employability and provide opportunities to take part in and evidence continuing professional development to help meet professional body and statutory requirements.

For further information, visit the CPD Anywhere™ website at: http://www.shu.ac.uk/faculties/hwb/cpd/anywhere

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the College of Radiographers. This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Graduates are eligible to apply to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and apply to become members of the Society and College of Radiographers. You must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in order to practise as a therapeutic radiographer in the UK.

Course structure

Full time – 2 years. Starts September.

Year One modules
-Fundamentals of radiotherapy and oncology
-Radiotherapy and oncology principles 1
-Principles of physics and technology
-Application of radiotherapy and oncology practice
-Competence for practice

Year Two modules
-Radiotherapy and oncology principles 2 and 3
-Imaging, planning treatment and delivery
-Application of radiotherapy and oncology practice 2
-Competence for practice 2

Assessment: individual assignments; personal and professional development portfolio; clinical assessment and appraisal; case studies; formatively assessed learning packages; placement reports; viva.

Other admission requirements

*GCSE maths and English equivalent
-Equivalency test from: http://www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

*GCSE science equivalents
-OCR science level 2
-Science units gained on a level 3 BTEC or OCR National Diploma or Extended Diploma Qualification
-Science credits gained on Access to Higher Education Diplomas (at least 12 credits gained at level 2 or 6 credits gained at level 3)
-Science equivalency test from: http://www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

Visit the PgDip Radiotherapy and Oncology in Practice page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally five GCSEs at grade C or above, including mathematics, English language or literature and a science subject or equivalent*, plus: an honours degree recognised in the UK at 2.1 or above in a related healthcare subject or science including psychology, sociology, biology, health sciences, sport sciences, engineering and humanities or; a professional qualification at degree level including teaching, nursing, social work or an allied health profession. Other degrees will be considered on an individual basis. We expect all applicants to provide evidence of continuing professional development in their current professional area. See course description for further admission details.

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