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Key features

This 40 credit module is aimed at health care professionals wanting to develop existing skills. Looking at comprehensive health care and the complexities associated with specialist bowel screening care. The practitioner will develop competence through experience in clinical practice, utilising pathophysiological knowledge within the clinical decision / governance making process.

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Module code 




FHEQ Level

Level 6 - degree level


Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

Module aims

This module is designed to respond to the needs of the bowel cancer patient by providing continual professional development tailored to staff whose role is pivotal to the delivery of bowel cancer screening services. It challenges and develops an awareness of relevant national and international bowel cancer guidance / policy. The outcome provides a person centred approach which enables creative solutions to individual care and to prepares the student to work autonomously and to meet the specialist elements of their role.

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HEAD393 module details (degree level) 

  • Apply knowledge of the epidemiology, aetiology, pathology, investigations, treatments and outcomes of bowel cancer to support patients at all stages of the care pathway.
  • Exercise judgement in the selection of appropriate communication skills for both defining and meeting individual’s needs and preferences during all stages of the patient pathway.
  • Apply a knowledge of patient’s social, medical and psychological problems and discuss how these influence their diagnostic and management pathways.
  • Critically appraise and apply evidence from a range of sources when addressing legal, regulatory and ethical aspects of care in your practice.

  • Critically evaluate health promotion strategies, models of health education and promotion within the context of the role of the BCSP.
  • Exercise critical analysis and judgement to enable effective case management of individuals during all stages of the patient pathway.
  • Apply knowledge of quality assurance processes for the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme and evaluate these within the context of their role and Organisational clinical governance framework.

Module dates

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Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change - always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit.
Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers.
In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date.
Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers.
Please contact the Professional Development Unit Admissions team for more information. 


How to apply

For further information on module dates, entry requirements, fees and funding and how to apply please contact the relevant education coordinator for the organisation where you wish to undertake the module, see below contact details.
This module is delivered by:
Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
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You can contact the Professional Development Unit with any queries

Prospective student enquiries:
Current student enquiries:
Professional Development Unit, Level 4 Rolle Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, United Kingdom.
Monday – Thursday 8:30–17:00 and Friday 8:30–16:30.