Selecting the Right Study Days to Meet Your Needs

The Foundations programme is made from 3 core days which provide the introduction to key concepts and knowledge aimed at the novice or those in need of update. These days provide the understanding of cancer and its treatment and the supportive care needed by this group of patient’s. There is also an emphasis of the core communication skills that practioners need to develop in order to improve our responses to distressed patients and their relatives. There are a series of site specific days that complement the core days and follow a typical patient pathway. This includes the specifics of care and treatment for that site. Core days are repeated between 5-6 times a year. Most site specific days a 1-2 a year depending on demand.

Study days in the Foundations in Oncology & Palliative Care Programme:

Staff from within the Trust £20.00

External candidates £45.00


Programme Content: Foundations Core Days

An introduction to cancer its treatment and the impact it has upon the patient and family.


Core Day 1 – What is Cancer?

  • The anatomy & physiology of cancer
  • How cancer is diagnosed, classified & staged
  • How this information is used to plan treatment
  • The emotional, social, psychological & spiritual implications of  a cancer diagnosis
  • Supportive care available & how to access it


Core Day 2 - Cancer & Treatment Methods

  • What are the surgical options and outcomes for cancer patients? The role of surgery in the management of cancer ( specific surgeries would be discussed on site specific days)
  • Introduction to chemotherapy – how does it work, when & why is it used. How does it affect the patient & the management of side effects
  • Introduction to radiotherapy - how does it work, when & why is it used. How does it affect the patient & the management of side effects


Core Day 3 – Communication skills and supporting the distressed patient

This day is an opportunity to reflect upon our communication skills and style with the aim of building confidence is supporting those who have received difficult news

  • Exploration of  the consequences of poor communication in healthcare
  • Principles of good communication
  • Listening skills & the importance of checking out information
  • The patient experience of good & bad ways to give significant information
  • Observation of a role play – interactive learning experience
  • Sharing good practice & difficult communication episodes
  • The importance of looking after yourself – getting support and recognising stressors within yourself


Foundations programme: Site Specific Days for 2019 to be confirmed


New site specific days may be added throughout the year.

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Mustard Tree Education Contact Details

For further information or details on any of the Staff Education days available through the Mustard Tree, please contact Samantha Norrish at the Mustard Tree, Ext 31466 for eligibility details