Palliative Care - Principles and Practice Academic Credits



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This module will be delivered at St Giles Hospice, Education and Skills , Fisherwick Road, Whittington, Lichfield, Staffs, WS14 9LH

The module will next run on the following Thursdays in 2020, 09:15-16:30:

7th, 14th, 21st and 28th May; 4th and 11th June


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Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Course outline

Palliative care aims to treat or manage pain and other physical symptoms. It also helps with any psychological, social or spiritual needs. End of life care is an important part of palliative care for people who are nearing the end of life. 

End of life care encompasses the care received by people who are likely to die in the next 12 months, as well as care in the last days and hours of life. It includes care after death and bereavement support for families and loved ones. People approaching end of life need to have care that is consistent with their preferences where possible and have access to high quality care that is compassionate, competent and respectful.

Ensuring quality of care and putting people’s needs at the heart of the healthcare system requires a workforce that is equipped with the right knowledge, skills, competences, attitudes and behaviours.

This course is equivalent to 15 CATs and can be studied at undergraduate (Level 6) and postgraduate (Level 7) levels.

Entry requirements



This module will encompass the following assessment:

Level 6

3000 word reflective assignment

Level 7

50 minute presentation to peers (40 minute presentation and then 10 minutes for questions)

Course content

  • Concepts and definitions of palliative and end of life care will be explored as well as current policy development in palliative and end of life care both locally and nationally and current legal, ethical and professional issues in palliative and end of life care.
  • The module will also address the common core principles for holistic palliative and end of life care through effective holistic assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care for patients in a variety of practice settings.
  • You will gain an understanding of the nature and relief of suffering from physical, emotional and psychological and spiritual perspectives.
  • Pain and symptom management in advanced disease including, assessment, management, monitoring and review will also be explored.
  • Problem solving and decision making in challenging areas for example dyspnoea, anorexia, constipation, wound management and end of life care emergencies will be discussed.
  • Multi professional and multi-agency team working and decision making in partnership with the patient, families and carers, in order to provide coordinated care will be addressed.
  • The acknowledgment of the physical and psychological responses to loss and bereavement across all age ranges, genders and cultures will be explored.
  • Encouragement of ongoing sensitive and thoughtful conversations around end of life care wishes and advance care planning both between patient and relatives and health care professionals.
  • Ensure patients’ needs are met and their preferences respected in accordance with the appropriate Code of Practices such as the NMC and HCPC.
  • Promote autonomy and empower patients to make decisions about their end of life care.

Who is the course for?

The module will aim to provide education and workforce development for staff working at Band 5 and above in all health and social care settings.

Course fee



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