Salford and The Christie deliver groundbreaking psycho-oncology degree

Wednesday 23 May 2012
The University of Salford and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust are combining their expertise to jointly deliver a master’s degree in psycho-oncology which explores the psychological consequences of cancer and its treatment.

Two years ago Salford was the first university in the UK to introduce a postgraduate course in psycho-oncology under the leadership of Professor Penny Hopwood. The part-time degree complements the physical treatment of cancer as there are many psychological problems which can arise following diagnosis and during the patient’s care.

The programme also examines the interventions and resources that professionals may draw upon to support patients through their cancer treatment and beyond.

From September 2012 The Christie will deliver the course alongside Salford academics, with students attending regular masterclasses at The Christie School of Oncology. The Christie is the largest cancer centre in Europe treating more than 40,000 patients a year, and students will work with some of the country's leading experts in cancer care, treatment and services. 

The course has also been redeveloped to incorporate online learning and there is a strong emphasis on continuing professional development.

Pauline Adair, Professor in Health Psychology at the University, said: “Cancer can be a challenging and frightening illness for the people diagnosed and their significant others. It is important to provide evidence-based psychological care and we are proud to be working with The Christie to support the development of oncology staff throughout the UK and beyond.”

Karen Hellewell, Head of Education at The Christie, said: “As cancer specialists, our School of Oncology educates healthcare professionals that will benefit not just cancer patients in the UK, but across the world.

“Education is fundamental to making breakthroughs in cancer treatment and research. Working with the University of Salford on delivering this new course will ultimately help patients deal with their diagnosis and treatment. We are delighted to be working in partnership with the University.”

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