Managing End of Life Care HEA3035


This module has been developed in partnership with Wigan and Leigh Hospice.
Please note this module is delivered on site at Wigan and Leigh Hospice and is managed by the Hospice Education Team .

It has been designed to provide an underpinning knowledge and skill base for adult palliative and end of life care needs and will include the assessment of patients’ needs, effective care planning and inter-professional engagement in care and symptom control.
The management of palliative and end of life care continues to be a significant element of provision in a variety of care settings (primary, secondary, specialist, independent and third sectors). The move from Hospice provision towards integration into acute care settings, communities and care homes and the recent shift in the focus of recognising and managing the dying phase has further identified the need to develop knowledge in a wider range of staff involved in care delivery.

Module Code: HEA3035
Level: 6
Credits: 20
Cost: £680 for Sept 2019 to July 2020

Who is this module for?

Registered health and social care practitioners.

What are the key aims of the programme?

The module aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the processes that underpin effective management of end of life care with an emphasis on care planning, recognition and management of symptom control.

What will I study?

• Palliative care philosophies
• Spirituality in palliative care
• Communication in palliative care
• Ethical issues in palliative care
• Identification and management of common symptoms
• Bereavement and loss
• The provision of interprofessional care
• Critical reflection / supervision / incident analysis

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment: Students will be invited to offer a 20 minute seminar in which they verbalise their key issue / critical incident using a reflective framework of What? So What? Now What? (Driscoll 2007) using the opportunity to receive constructive feedback from their peer group and module lead.

Summative assessment : Students will be required to :
Produce a 4000 word assignment in which they :
Identify an issue or critical incident relating to end of life care/management (What?)
Contextualise the identified issue / incident in the wider national and local contexts of end of life care (So what ?)
Critically analyse the potential elements that arise and their impact upon future care delivery and management. (Now What?)

Study Dates and Venues

Further Information

Module availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Due to the popularity of some modules it may be that the module is fully booked when your application is received. We will include your details on a waiting list and allocate you a place on the next available intake.

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For further module information, please contact Module Coordinator Sarah Owens, Palliative Care Education Lead, Wigan and Leigh Hospice on 01942 525566 or email, or Louise Cope on 01695 657074 or email