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Online course for haemato-oncology nursing

Our free online course, created by Blood Cancer UK and accredited by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), introduces you to basic haemato-oncology concepts to support a foundation of nursing practice.

About the course

If you are a ward nurse, or a new starter working on a haematology ward, this course will help you support and care for people with blood cancer.

By completing this course, you'll improve your knowledge, renew your re-validation and update your Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Please get in touch, if you are having any difficulties in accessing our course.

Online nursing course

Our free accredited training course supports you in caring for people with blood cancer.

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Key outcomes

Over ten chapters, our course provides a basic understanding of what blood cancers are, signs and symptoms to look out for during treatment provision, a nurse’s role in managing emergency or non-emergency situations and the intricacies of holistic nursing care for blood cancer patients.

Key outcomes from the course include:

  • Feeling better equipped and confident to assist the multidisciplinary team and improve the quality of care patients receive
  • Undertaking individual learning and formal assessment
  • Participating in group discussions with other people taking the course to facilitate shared learning and communication between different hospitals across the UK, working together to improve patient care.


A basic understanding of nursing is required to get the most out of this course. You must complete a series of assessment questions throughout the course as well as the pre- and post-course evaluation to receive your CPD points and certificate of achievement.

RCN Principles of Nursing Practice

The eight RCN Principles of Nursing Practice can be applied to this learning resource. These include:

  • Principle A – providing holistic care in a way that respects all people equally.
  • Principle C – managing risk and safety for people who are receiving care in healthcare settings.
  • Principle F – having up-to-date knowledge and skills.
  • Principle G – working with the multi-disciplinary team to ensure care is coordinated and of a high standard.
  • Principle H – reflecting on learning and making changes or improvements to clinical practice.

These principles provide a useful framework for writing a reflective record of your learning. You may also think of ways you can draw on the remaining principles based on your own clinical experience and observations. 


This online resource was produced by the Blood Cancer UK Information and Support Services team with support from the following experts:

CNS Bone Marrow Transplant, Manchester Royal Infirmary

Clinical Educator for Oncology, St Barts Hospital

Research Nurse, Christie Hospital

CNS Lymphoma, University College London Hospital

CNS Haematology, Hammersmith Hospital

Transfusion Practitioner, Christie Hospital


Gilead and Pfizer have provided funding for our eLearning course, but have had no further input.

Learn how Blood Cancer UK works with pharmaceutical companies.


All of the content in this course is based on current best practice, using reputable sources and consultation with clinical experts in this area. However, some areas of practice differ between trusts and it's important you have a clear understanding of your specific hospital policy where necessary. Here are some key points to note:

  • This course is not intended to replace any formal on-the-job training or competency assessment in haemato-oncology. If there is an uncertainty about the information provided, you should discuss with your line manager and/or clinical educator
  • The RCN cannot confirm competence of any practitioner completing this course
  • No online resource can cover all variations required for specific patient circumstances
  • It is the responsibility of the health care practitioners using this advice to adapt it for safe use within their institutions and for the individual needs of patients
  • In no event will Blood Cancer UK be liable for any costs incurred, loss of profit or any other commercial damages, indirect or consequential, resulting from the implementation of any policies outlined in this course
  • Every effort is made to keep the learning site up and running smoothly. However, Blood Cancer UK takes no responsibility for, and will not be liable for, the site being temporarily unavailable due to technical issues beyond our control.

Accreditation dates

This course has been accredited by the RCN Centre for Professional Accreditation for 4 hours and 30 minutes CPD hours until 1 August 2022. We will update you with our new accreditation date as soon as this becomes available.