Introduction to Palliative and End of Life Care - 20 credits - Module

  • Course Code: LBR6577, LBR7526
  • Level: CPD
  • Starting: TBC
  • Study mode: Short Course (6 weeks)
  • Location: City South

As an optional module on the Professional Practice programme, this module aligns with the Programme philosophy and is designed to be flexible and practice-led. It is recommended for anyone working with patients at end of life or with specific Palliative care needs as it will help to equip you with the essential knowledge and skills required to work effectively within this challenging arena.

What's covered in the course?

This 20 credit module which can be studied at level 6 or level 7 uses a blended learning approach to accommodate different people’s learning styles, with use of both classroom and online activities, and visiting speakers with vast amounts of knowledge and experience in this practice area. This module is mainly based at City South Campus with state of the art facilities to enhance your learning experience. 

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  • Patient and people focused courses, substantially linking theory to practice
  • Excellence in delivering high quality standards of flexible and bespoke academic provision for post qualifying practitioners
  • 2017 Winners of the Student Nursing Times awards – Nurse Education Provider of the Year (Post-registration) 
  • Links with healthcare providers
  • State of the art facilities

Credits

This course is worth...

20 credits

This course is open to International students

  • UK students
  • EU and International students

Award: Module

Starting:

TBC

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • 6 weeks
  • TBC

Award: Module

Starting:

TBC

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • 6 weeks
  • TBC

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

How to apply

This course is not currently available to apply for, if you would like to find out more please get in touch with the module leader, Samantha Toland: 

Level 6

Module Description
20 credits

The Neuberger (2013) and Francis (2013) reviews highlighted instances of poor care, inadequate nutrition, poor communication with relatives and inadequate staff training in caring for patients at the end of life. A Five Priorities of Care’ framework has been recommended by experts in the field of palliative and end of life care (Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People (LACDP), 2014a). Initiated from the ‘One Chance to Get it Right’ report (LACDP, 2014b), the five priorities have set new standards for PEOLC in light of the recognition that non-specialist staff find it increasingly difficult to recognise end of life is approaching. NICE (2015) also launched new guidance on the care of adults in the last few days of life which clarify issues of concern such as hydration and recognition that end of life is approaching. These strategic initiatives have shaped the teaching content included in the delivery of this module. The module will appeal to those of you from all areas of healthcare practice who care for those with palliative illness to enable you to gain underpinning theory to inform your practice.

This module aligns with the Professional Practice Programme philosophy and is designed to be flexible and practice-led. You will have the opportunity to develop skills of enquiry, reflection and problem solving. A blended learning approach is taken (incorporating both classroom and online activities via Moodle) in line with the university’s learning and teaching strategy. You will be encouraged to think critically and share practice experiences with your fellow students, as well as engaging in both directed and self-directed learning activities. You will be an active partner in your own learning and development and in return you will receive regular feedback and feed forward aimed at developing your academic skills, and have the opportunity to discuss your progress with the module team.

Level 7

Module Description
20 credits

The Neuberger (2013) and Francis (2013) reviews highlighted instances of poor care, inadequate nutrition, poor communication with relatives and inadequate staff training in caring for patients at the end of life. A Five Priorities of Care’ framework has been recommended by experts in the field of palliative and end of life care (Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People (LACDP), 2014a). Initiated from the ‘One Chance to Get it Right’ report (LACDP, 2014b), the five priorities have set new standards for PEOLC in light of the recognition that non-specialist staff find it increasingly difficult to recognise end of life is approaching. NICE (2015) also launched new guidance on the care of adults in the last few days of life which clarify issues of concern such as hydration and recognition that end of life is approaching. These strategic initiatives have shaped the teaching content included in the delivery of this module.

The module is aimed predominantly at graduate health care practitioners caring for those with a palliative illness who wish to develop and progress their education to a post graduate level of study. This module aligns with the Programme philosophy and is designed to be flexible and practice-led. You will have the opportunity to develop skills of enquiry, reflection and problem solving. A blended learning approach is taken (incorporating both classroom and online activities via Moodle) in line with the university’s learning and teaching strategy. You will be encouraged to think critically and share practice experiences with your fellow students, as well as engaging in both directed and self-directed learning activities. You will be an active partner in your own learning and development and in return you will receive regular feedback and feed forward aimed at developing your academic skills, and have the opportunity to discuss your progress with the module team.

Course structure

This module covers holistic management of patients with complex needs along with the main theories of grief and loss. This is through face to face sessions with expert speakers, and through online activities and discussion forums.

Assessment

A 3000 word written assignment is the assessment method for this module.

Course dates

Please check the course dates to see when your chosen modules are available throughout the year.

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