Transforming End of Life Trajectories HEA4219


Covid-19 - Course Impact Statement

This module will provide enhanced skills and knowledge for healthcare professionals in equipping them to illuminate and enhance care provision for patients with advanced chronic condition; early identification of patient with palliative care needs and end of life trajectories associated with advanced chronic illnesses. As a result, they will ensure team approach in providing optimal individualised end of life care based upon the most current evidence for their patients and families.

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Module Code: HEA4219
Level: 7
Credits: 20
Cost: £880 for Sept 2020 to July 2021

Who is this module for?

It will be of particular interest to District Nurses and General Practitioners, hospital ward nurses and trainee/SASS doctors, all specialist nurses, hospice nurses and doctors, some allied health professionals dependent upon role e.g. occupational therapists, physiotherapists, paramedics, pharmacists – all whose work encompasses interaction with those approaching the final months and year of life.

What are the key aims of the programme?

The module aims:-
To equip frontline health professionals with the knowledge and skills to be competent and confidently educate, support and empower patients approaching the end of life, along with their families, carers and health professionals.
To be part of a work team, which is able to identify those approaching the end of life and co-ordinate their care effectively, liaising with other professionals to provide seamless care.
To enable those living with advanced progressive disease to enjoy what they regard as quality of life for as long as possible
To have the confidence and knowledge to cascade their learning to those working with them

How Will I Study?

This module is studied over 10 sessions with an introductory and revision day over a 15 week period.

What will I study?

The module includes:-
• Trajectories of end of life in different diseases/conditions.
• Recognition of those approaching the end of life in specific diseases groups, frailty & multiple morbidity
• Recognition, assessment & management of common symptoms in all diseases towards the end of life
• Co-ordination of care where large numbers of different services are involved towards the end of life
• Advance care, and anticipatory clinical management, planning in different disease groups
• Resources and services available to patients and families
• Dealing with, and communicating, uncertainty in the deteriorating patient
• Managing changing multiple co-morbidities in association with a terminal illness
• Complex medicines management and prescribing towards end of life
• Carer, family and bereavement needs in specific disease groups
• Principles of learning theories and teaching in healthcare settings.

How will I be assessed?

The module is summatively assessed by the submission a bespoke evidence based teaching pack for their practice setting (meeting learning outcome 1, 2, 3). Notional wordage of 4,000.

On successful completion you will:

1. Critically examine the need for a proactive, palliative care approach and management of end of life care in an advanced progressive illness, deteriorating chronic condition or multiple comorbidity.

2. Critically appraise the evidence, expected skills, strategies, resources, clinical, ethical and legal issues arising from effectively managing end of life care in those dying from advanced progressive illness, deteriorating chronic condition or multiply morbidity.

3. Critically present a concise summary of the essential knowledge and skills required to support patients with various disease processes approaching the end of life, and those important to them.

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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Dr Karen Groves : email

Barbara Jack : email

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