Adapting Complementary Therapies for Cancer Care Diploma

This package of twelve study days provides a flexible opportunity to gain a diploma in adapting complementary therapies for cancer care. Participants will enhance their skills in patient care and improve their confidence and knowledge in working with increasingly complex healthcare issues


  For further details please download the diploma brochure or view the upcoming course list here.

To apply for a place, please send a copy of your CV to


2 core modules and related options (12 study days in total). All core modules and study days must be completed in the 2 years allocated (the two years begins on the date of your first course)


This is a practical programme with the final submission of an assessment folder. The assessment folder will consist of a self assessment record of each of the modules and study days you attend. Assignments include a case study (2000 words), reflective practice (1500 words) and the critique of a research paper (1500 words).

Essentially , the Diploma course is a practical programme and we encourage applications from, and provide support for, non academic practitioners.

A Certificate in Cancer Supportive Care is available for those attending the modules without completing the final assessment


Qualified therapists working within or aspiring to work within an oncology (including palliative or supportive care) or other complex healthcare setting (e.g. mental health, cardiology or haematology). The diploma may also be relevant to community based therapists supporting people with long term, chronic and acute healthcare needs


  • Enhance skills in patient care
  • Improved quality of life for patients
  • Improve your confidence and knowledge in working with increasingly complex healthcare issues

  • Diploma Fees

    £1,000 (monthly payment options available)

    Fees include 12 days of teaching, tutor support, assessment and The Christie Diploma

    Testimonial 1

    I highly recommend the Adapting Complementary Therapies in Cancer and Care diploma offered at The Christie NHS Trust. The teaching staff and content were inspiring and thorough.  I really enjoyed being in the clinical setting to learn, as it brought the subjects alive. At that point I had little experience of working in a hospital setting, so it enabled me to make links between theory and practice.  

    The course gave depth and understanding to the clinical and practical aspects of Oncology, with informed adaptations to practice.  This boosted my confidence, both when speaking with medical teams and patients alike and ensured I was offering the best I could to patients in a safe and effective manner

    Cancer and Palliative Care Complementary Therapist - Awarded Diploma in 2013

    Testimonial 2

    The Diploma course offered a variety of different modules to choose from and was tailor made to suit my individual needs. Each module was well  presented and enjoyable. I was a little daunted initially about the academic side of the course and particularly the referencing which I had never done before. However the tutors were very focused on helping everyone individually, and ensuring our work was completed to the best of our abilities

    Working within a hospice environment, the skills I learnt  helped both patients and colleagues, and continues to help in my private practise with referrals I get for cancer patients. The Christie is an outstanding hospital and it was inspiring to study within such a professional organisation

    Complementary Therapist - Awarded Diploma in 2014

    Testimonial 3

    As a complementary therapist working in a hospice, I undertook the Christie course because I wanted to increase my understanding of cancer, its treatments, and the impact of both on patients. Also to find new ways to adapt complementary therapies appropriately in a palliative care setting. And I was not disappointed; all of the modules contributed in their different ways to achieving my initial aims. I am particularly grateful to have found The HEARTS Process: the combination of empathic touch and body-based guided-relaxation is something I now use with patients on a daily basis, sometimes as a stand-alone treatment, at other times combined with reflexology - and always with very positive patient outcomes! From my perspective, therefore, the course comes highly recommended.

    Complementary Therapy Coordinator - Awarded Diploma in 2016