Transforming Integrated Palliative & End Of Life Care HEA4197


The module will provide clinicians with background information, principles and practical skills in using the national key
enablers for end of life care, which may be localised in the area in which they work and therefore may have different
names or content - the participants will be encouraged to research the forms of enablers used in their locality, which may
have different names. These include the principles of co-ordinating the care of those approaching the end of life, planning
for their future care, dealing with uncertainty in the situation of acute illness (with uncertain recovery) in those with a
poor prognosis, recognising and providing care for the dying in line with the Priorities for Care of the Dying (2014),
the NICE Guidance for Care of the Dying Adult (2015) and respecting patient choices when dying has been recognised.

The module will include a review of the development of palliative and end of life care, and cover the building blocks of
symptom assessment and management, care planning, communication skills, ethics related to living the last months of
life, spiritual assessment and care, bereavement care and future care planning.

Module Code: HEA4197
Level: 7
Credits: 20
Cost: £880 for Sept 2019 to July 2020

Who is this module for?

This module is aimed at frontline clinicians, providing core level palliative care, to enhance skills and knowledge in -
understanding the signs, trajectories and impact of advanced progressive disease; recognising when individuals are
approaching the end of life; discussing prognosis, involving the individual in shared decision making about their care;
managing their transition to a positive palliative care approach; anticipating future needs and co-ordinating ongoing care,
with a framework based on the Ambitions for End of Life Care (2015).

What are the key aims of the programme?

This module will provide enhanced skills for health and social care professional in equipping them to provide optimal end of
life care based upon the most current evidence for their patients and families.

What will I study?

Philosophy and principles of palliative care
Transition to positive palliative care approach.
Inter-agency working and coordination of care
Enhanced communication skills, emotional intelligence
Utilisation of localised end of life enablers in all care settings
Professional accountability, the law and ethical decision making
Advance care and anticipatory management planning
Spirituality, culture and diversity - spiritual distress, assessment and care
Effective symptom assessment and management
Care needs of families, carer support and bereavement

How will I be assessed?

Students will have opportunity to undertake informal peer presentations and case discussions during their study to enable to
prepare them for the summative assessment.
4000 word written essay containing a critical report on the application of learning to the student's own clinical practice.

On successful completion you will:

Critically appraise the current national drivers, guidance and local healthcare processes supporting individuals with poor prognosis, whose potential for recovery is uncertain or who are thought likely to be dying.

Critically evaluate the evidence, expected skills, strategies and resources necessary to effectively support an individual and those important to them, in advanced progressive and life limiting disease.

Critically appraise the clinical, legal and ethical challenges that arise in providing holistic care and symptom management in caring for the dying.

Study Dates and Venues

February 2020

Venue: Queenscourt Hospice, Southport

Starts: Thu 6th Feb 2020

Session Times:
  • Introductory Day: Thursday 6th Feb 2020, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm, Attendance
  • Thursday, 20th Feb 2020 , 8.30 am – 1.00pm, Attendance
  • Thursday, 27th February 2020, 8.30 am – 1.00 pm, Attendance
  • Thursday, 5th Mar 2020, 8.30 am – 1.00 pm, Attendance
  • Thursday, 12th Mar 2020, 8.30 am – 1.00 pm, Attendance
  • Thursday, 19th Mar 2020, 8.30 am – 1.00 pm, Attendance
  • Thursday, 26th Mar 2020, 8.30 am – 1.00 pm, Attendance
  • Thursday, 2nd Apr 2020, 8.30 am – 1.00 pm, Attendance
  • Thursday, 9th Apr 2020, 8.30 am – 1.00 pm, Attendance
  • Thursday, 23rd Apr 2020, 8.30 am – 1.00 pm, Attendance
  • Thursday, 30th Apr 2020, 8.30 am – 1.00 pm, Attendance
  • Revision Day: Thursday, 14th May 2020 , 9.30 am – 4.30pm, Tutorial
  • Assignment submission : Monday, 1st June 2020, 4pm
  • PLEASE NOTE: All sessions will be at the Terence Burgess Education Centre, Queenscourt Hospice, Southport

    Study dates and times are subject to change.

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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This module will take place at Queenscourt Hospice, Southport


This module can be taken as standalone or it can be an optional module for:

  • MSc Advanced Clinical Practice
  • MSc Professional Clinical Practice
  • MSc Leadership Development
  • PGCert Integrated Palliative and End of Life Care