Continuing Professional Development

Specialist Bowel Cancer Screening Practitioner Programme

Level 7, 20 Credits

Course aim

Colorectal cancer/ bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK with over 42,000 people diagnosed with bowel cancer every year, which accounts for 11% of all new cancer cases. More 94% of all new cases are diagnosed in people over the age of 50, whilst 59% of the new cases are diagnosed in people aged 70 plus. 1 in 15 men and 1 in 18 women will be diagnosed with bowel cancer during their lifetime (Cancer Research 2020).

More than 16,000 people die from bowel cancer in the UK every year. It is the second biggest cancer killer in the UK. However bowel cancer mortality rates have been falling since the 1970s. This may be due to earlier diagnosis and better treatment. Bowel cancer is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. The NHS and Public Health England introduced the National Bowel Cancer Screening programme in 2007 to introduce a population screening service to colorectal polyps and cancers. Pivotal to the screening service is the role of the Specialist Bowel Cancer Screening Practitioner.

LJMU in partnership with the Mersey School of Endoscopy, based in the Liverpool University NHS Hospital Foundation Trust  have been providing a bespoke course  for the practicing Specialist  Bowel Cancer Screening Practitioners (SSP) since 2007. The course aims to prepare the novice SSP to work autonomously within an approved NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Centre and meet the specialist elements of the Knowledge Skills Framework (KSF) profile for their role.

Course length

The programme is delivered over 10 months, with a total of 400 hours of learning. In response to the COVID crisis all module delivery will be via the virtual classroom with self-directed learning material available on the I.T. platform Canvas.

This programme is offered twice a year, with intakes in September and March.

Course cost

The cost for this CPD module £1,575

Attendance

A minimum of 80% on-line attendance is required for successful completion of this programme.

Course content

This course has been recently revised and updated to accurately reflect the latest developments within this specialised field.

During the programme, you will examine:

  • bowel cancer and polyps: epidemiology, aetiology, pathology, investigations, diagnosis, treatments and outcomes
  • the NHS Cancer Plan
  • the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme: its development, implementation management and evaluation strategies
  • NICE / BSG guidelines
  • other gastrointestinal disorders that may influence presentation and endoscopy findings
  • medical, psychological and social problems that may influence the diagnostic and treatment pathway
  • total case management of patients, including history taking, assessment, decision-making and evaluation
  • patient preparation for diagnostic investigations, including bowel preparation, consent for colonoscopy or alternative diagnostic investigations and fitness for sedation
  • understanding colonoscopy reports
  • decision-making following colonoscopy
  • advanced communication, interpersonal skills, barriers to effective communication, breaking bad news, patient empowerment and patient advocacy
Assessment

You will be assessed via a competency-based portfolio and a 4000 word case study.

Entry requirements

In order to be considered for this course, you must be in post as a Bowel Cancer Screening Practitioner.

You are also expected to:

  • have achieved a pass grade in a Diploma level programme, or can satisfy the programme team of their ability to study at this level
  • have full written support from their employer to undertake the programme, including protected time
  • have a named designated facilitator and a deputy to provide supervision and support
CPD award

This CPD is  a level 7 stand-alone module but may also be used as part of the MSC in Advanced Clinical Practice.

How to apply

Please apply using the online application form selecting undergraduate from the Level of Entry drop down.

Further information

Further information is available in our CPD for healthcare professionals brochure.

Faculty Admissions Team
Faculty of Health
Liverpool John Moores University
79 Tithebarn Street
Liverpool L2 2ER

T: 0151 231 5829
E: Health@ljmu.ac.uk

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