Cancer Information Prescriptions

Skills for Health
Delivery Method: e-Learning
Free Elearning Course

Cancer Information Prescriptions are a quick and easy way to find reliable information about your condition and local services.

This through this free Macmillan Cancer Support endorsed Elearning session, you will Learn about Information Prescriptions, the Cancer Patient Information Pathways, and how best to put the theory into practice.

Cancer Information Prescriptions:

This course explores the Cancer Patient Information Pathways and information prescriptions. It develops learners’ knowledge through an overview of the pathways and information prescriptions, how to assess individuals and how NHS Choices Information Prescription Service (IPS) can help. It uses scenarios to help put learners’ knowledge into practice.

Course Content
  • Session 1: Cancer information prescriptions
  • Session 2: An introduction to information prescriptions
  • Session 3: Assessment principles
  • Session 4: Guidelines on the use of IPS
  • Session 5: Information prescriptions in practice
  • Session 6: Test your understanding
  • Session 7: Links to NHS Choices site and additional resources
  • Session 8: Your feedback
What will you learn?
  • Understand the policy background to information prescriptions
  • Describe the benefits for patients and for service providers
  • Describe the purpose of assessment in information giving
  • Use the NHS Choices system to generate information prescriptions
  • Understand the prescribing/generating/dispensing model
  • Evaluate options for implementation in your local environment
Who is this course for?

This tool is aimed at staff who work with cancer patients and their carers. The modules of this e-learning course are suitable for:

  • Clinical nurse specialists
  • Allied health professionals
  • Patient information centre staff
  • Ward staff
  • Community nurses
  • Anyone who is involved in offering information to patients and their carers
  • Also suitable for administration staff and volunteers involved in dispensing patient information

Questions through the course ensure learners understand the information in each module. Once the modules are completed, there is a short quiz designed to test learners’ understanding of the course. Learners must get 100% to pass the course. Learning progress and test results can be tracked by managers for internal development and learners can keep a certificate of completion for CPD.


1 hr 30

Accreditations & Endorsements

Endorsed by Macmillan Cancer Support and developed by NCAT (now part of NHS IQ). This course forms part of the National Cancer Course.

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How to access this course

Click 'book now' below then follow the checkout process. You will not be charged for this course. On receipt of your order, the e-learning team will be in touch to arrange access, please allow 24 hours.

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Please note, we can only accept orders for this free course from the UK and Northern Ireland only.

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