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Life & Health Sciences Nursing & Healthcare

Diploma in Oncology and Palliative Care for Health Care Professionals
專業護理人員進修之腫瘤及紓緩護理文憑

Course Code
HS031B
Application Code
1535-HS031B

Study mode
Part-time
Start Date
11 Jul 2017 (Tue)
Duration
2 years
Language
English. All teaching materials, examinations and assignments will be in English.
Course Fee
Module 1: HK$5,730 + Clinical practicum fee (Subject to HA charges)
Module 2: HK$6,865 + Clinical practicum fee (Subject to HA charges)
Module 3: HK$8,260 + Clinical practicum fee (Subject to HA charges)
Note: Students may purchase professional indemnity insurance on their own.

This programme provides an opportunity for health care professionals who are working at all levels in oncology to develop their knowledge and skills. 
Module 1 Haematological Oncology for Health Care Professionals: introduces the aetiology and treatment of haematological malignancies in adults. 
Module 2 General Oncology for Health Care Professionals: provides a basic understanding of the principles of surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy in cancer treatment. 
Module 3 Palliative Care for Health Care Professionals: develops the specialised knowledge and skills of health care professionals working in hospice and or in oncology units.

Introduction

Cancer is now the leading cause of death in Hong Kong.  By 1900, survival rates for cancer sufferers were very low and health care professionals working with cancer patients were faced with a dilemma.  In subsequent decades, major treatment advances in areas such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and immunotherapy greatly increased treatment options and survival rates.  These have had an enormous impact on care delivery services, complex needs and quality of life issues.  Hence, health care professionals are faced with management of patients undergoing a variety of treatments.  Additionally, the development of palliative care is also one of the major advances for the terminally ill in Hong Kong.

In order to enable health care professionals to develop a better understanding of the neoplastic disease and its management, this course is designed to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of oncology and palliative care; and opportunities to work in different clinical settings.  The teaching strategy is therefore focused on the integration of knowledge and clinical practice, providing a holistic approach to the care of cancer patients.

The programme aims to provide knowledge on advanced practice in oncology and palliative care for health care professionals. It is designed to enable health care professionals to develop a better understanding of the neoplastic disease and its management. Students will be taught in-depth knowledge of oncology and palliative care and will be competent to work in clinical settings with cancer patients in need of specialist care management. The teaching strategy focuses on the integration of knowledge and clinical practice, and provides a holistic approach for the care of cancer patients. 

Programme Structure

 

Award

Students enroll in:

  1. Either Module 1 or Module 2 will lead to a Statement of Achievement, or
  2. Module 1 and Module 3 will lead to the award of Certificate in Haematological Oncology and Palliative Care for Health Care Professionals, or
  3. Module 2 and Module 3 will lead to the award of Certificate in General Oncology and Palliative Care for Health Care Professionals, or
  4. Module 3 will lead to Certificate in Palliative Care for Health Care Professionals, or
  5. All three modules will lead to the award of a Diploma in Oncology and Palliative Care for Health Care Professionals, however, students must complete the three modules within a period of two years.

Clinical Placement

Students will be arranged an attachment to Oncology units including Bone Marrow Transplant Unit (Module 1), Surgical and Clinical Oncology Department (Module 2) and Palliative Medicine Unit (Module 3) at one of the recognized training centres.


 

Days / Time
  • Tue - Wed 6:30 - 9:30pm
Duration
  • Module 1: 16 weeks
    Module 2: 22 weeks
    Module 3: 25 weeks

Module 1:  Haematological Oncology for Health Care Professionals

Introduction

This module aims to introduce students to the aetiology and treatment of haematological malignancies. It focuses on the special care of patients with bone marrow transplantation, Hickman catheters, as well as common infections and standard control measures which are important to maintain an infection- free environment when caring for low body resistance cancer patients. The care of children with haematological diseases will also be covered.

Objectives

On completion of the module, students should be able to:

  1. discuss the pathogenesis, clinical manifestations and treatment of haematologic malignancies;
  2. assess the pyschosocial needs of cancer patients and families;
  3. demonstrate the caring skills on patients who have undergone bone marrow transplantation and or, with Hickman catheters;
  4. adopt a multidisciplinary approach in caring for patients with cancer; and
  5. identify the common infections that occur in oncology and bone transplantation unit. 

 

Outline

  1. Principles of medical oncology
  2. Classification of cancer in haematology
  3. Diagnostic and laboratory investigation
  4. Psychosocial assessment and care management
  5. Chemotherapy
  6. Special care management for bone marrow transplantation, patients with Hickman catheters and chemotherapy
  7. Management of the immunocompromised and pancytopenic patient
  8. Haematological emergencies
  9. Clinical trial in haematology and BMT
  10. Haematological diseases in paediatrics
  11. Nutritional assessment and management
  12. Ambulatory care for discharged BMT patients

 

Clinical Placement

Day visit / placement at recognized training centres

 

Recommended CNE points: 62

Recommended CPE points for Occupational Therapists: 12

Recommended CPE points for Physiotherapists: 15

 

Assessment

  1. A minimum of 70% attendance rate
  2. Written assignment (40%)
  3. Examination (60%)
  4. Completion of Clinical Placement

 

Module 2General Oncology for Health Care Professionals

Introduction

This module aims to provide students a basic understanding of the principles of surgery; radiotherapy and chemotherapy in cancer treatment. It focuses on the classification of cancers and diagnostic procedures; the introduction of the different roles of health care professionals in the care of cancer patients.  The module also aims to enhance the understanding of the importance of team approach and special knowledge and skills unique in oncology care, such as surgical palliative care, bereavement counseling, pain management, psychosocial care and quality of life issue in oncology.

Objectives

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. discuss the pathogenesis, clinical manifestations and treatment of malignancies;
  2. discuss the principles of surgery; radiotherapy and chemotherapy;
  3. assess the psychosocial needs of cancer patients and families;
  4. differentiate the types of surgical palliative approach to advanced stage of cancer; and
  5. adopt a multidisciplinary approach in caring for patients with cancer.

 

Outline

  1. Cancer screening and prevention
  2. Principle of surgical oncology
  3. Principle of radiotherapy treatment, chemotherapy and biotherapy
  4. Cancers of the brain and central nervous system – diagnosis and treatment and nursing management
  5. Head, neck and oesophagus cancers – surgical and radiation treatment and nursing management
  6. Lung cancer – diagnosis and treatment and nursing management
  7. Cancer of liver, gallbladder and pancreas – diagnosis and treatment and nursing management
  8. Colorectal cancer – diagnosis and treatment
  9. Wound management for oncology patients
  10. Rehabilitation; body image and sexuality
  11. Skin cancers, bone tumours, – diagnosis and treatment and nursing management
  12. Oncology emergency and ethical issues
  13. Pain management - clinical approach and nursing approach
  14. Multidisciplinary team approach in oncology – physiotherapy and occupational therapy

Clinical Placement

Day visit / placement at recognized training centres

 

Recommended CNE points: 80

Recommended CPE points for Occupational Therapists: 12

Recommended CPE points for Physiotherapists: 15

 

Assessment

  1. A minimum of 70% attendance rate
  2. Written Assignment (40%)
  3. Examination (60%)
  4. Completion of Clinical Placement

 

Module 3:  Palliative Care for Health Care Professionals

Introduction

The development of palliative care is one of the major advancements in health care for the terminally ill in Hong Kong.

In order to develop a better understanding by health professionals of the concepts of palliative care and the multidisciplinary care approach for the terminally ill, this certificate course has adopted a dynamic approach to look at the relevant issues, including symptoms control, pain management and the concept of death and dying.

This module aims to help students develop a better understanding of the concepts of palliative care and the multidisciplinary care approach for the terminally ill. It adopts a dynamic approach to look at the relevant issues, including symptoms control, pain management and the concepts of death and dying.

Objectives

On completion of the module, students should be able to:

  1. discuss the concepts and principles of hospice palliative care;
  2. demonstrate the skills in symptom control and pain management;
  3. discuss the concept of developing home care support systems in the community;
  4. identify the different stress factors facing cancer patients and their families; and
  5. apply clinical counselling skills in the care of patients and family coping with death and dying.

 

Outline

1.     Hospice approach on late stage cancer and non-cancerous diseases

-  Applied anatomy & physiology related to cancer development, classification & diagnosis of cancer

- Understanding disease progress and deterioration in chronic conditions

2.     Palliative interventions

-  Symptoms control (medical approach), pain management including nursing care, psychological care, lymphoedema, spirituality, Buddhism, quality of life

3.     Skills development

-  Communication skills, counselling, stress management

4.     Community care

-  Home care, day care, social support, bereavement service, survivorship, health education

5.     Alternative therapeutic approach

- Complementary care, traditional Chinese medicine, art therapy, music therapy

6.     Interdisciplinary team approach

-  Understanding team approach, nursing, medical social worker, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, clinical psychology, dietetic, volunteers

7.     Ethical issue

medical & nursing ethics euthanasia

8.     Special area 

-  Aids hospice, care of patients with palliative emergency, care of elderly with cancer, care of children with cancer

Clinical Placement

Day visit / placement at recognized training centres

 

Recommended CNE points: 114

Recommended CPE points for Occupational Therapists: 12

 

Assessment

  1. A minimum of 70% attendance rate
  2. An examination (60%) and completion of a case study (40%)
  3. Completion of Clinical Placement

 

Award

On successful completion of the course, the students will be awarded a Certificate by HKU SPACE.

Applicants shall be:

  1. Registered nurses, occupational therapists and physiotherapists registered with their respective professional bodies or councils; preferably with 2 years of clinical experience, or
  2. other allied health care professionals such as registered social workers and psychologists.
Application Fee

HK$150 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • Module 1: HK$5,730 + Clinical practicum fee (Subject to HA charges)
    Module 2: HK$6,865 + Clinical practicum fee (Subject to HA charges)
    Module 3: HK$8,260 + Clinical practicum fee (Subject to HA charges)
    Note: Students may purchase professional indemnity insurance on their own.

Application Form Application Form

Enrolment Method

Completed special application form together with the appropriate fee in the form of a crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to HKU SPACE should be returned to Nursing Studies and Health Care, HKU SPACE,13/F, Fortress Tower, 250 King’s Road, North Point, Hong Kong

The photocopies of relevant Certificate [e.g. Certificate of Registration (Nursing)] MUST be attached.

Payment Method
1. Cash or EPS

Course fees can be paid by cash or EPS at any HKU SPACE enrolment counters.

2. Cheque or bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify theprogramme title(s) for application and applicant’s name. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of a cheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres, specifying “Course Application” on the envelope. HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
3. VISA/MasterCard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or MasterCard, including the “HKU SPACE MasterCard”, at anyHKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE MasterCard can enjoy a 10-month interest-freeinstalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

4. Online payment

The course fees of all open admission courses (course enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes can be settled by using PPS via the Internet. Applicants may also pay the relevant course fees by VISA or MasterCard online. Please refer to the Online Services page on the School website.

Notes

  1. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, Visa or MasterCard if the course is to start shortly.

  2. Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder’s credit card account.

  3. In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme team for details.
  4. Fees and places on courses cannot be transferred from one applicant to another. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on approved transfers.
  5. Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  6. For additional copies of receipts, please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope with a completed form and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’. Such copies will only normally be issued at the end of a course.