Transforming Integrated Palliative & End Of Life Care HEA4197


The module will provide clinicians with an overview of palliative and end of life care, background information, with the principles and practical skills for providing impeccable holistic assessment and excellent end of life care. This will 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 & 2017 update) 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.

This module can be studied standalone. For those undertaking the PGCert or MSc Integrated Palliative & End of Life Care this is the preferred, although not essential, first core module for setting the stage.

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Module Code: HEA4197
Level: 7
Credits: 20
Cost: £880 for Sept 2021 to July 2022

Who is this module for?

This module is aimed at frontline clinicians, providing core level palliative care. 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?

This module aims to provide enhanced skills and knowledge for health and social care professional in equipping them to provide optimal palliative and end of life care for patients and those important to them, based upon the current evidence:-

- Understanding the signs, symptoms and impact of advanced progressive disease;
- Recognising when individuals are approaching the end of life;
- Discussing prognosis and involving the individual in shared decision making about care;
- Managing the 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).

How Will I Study?

Regular weekly face to face teaching including lectures, interactive workshops, group work and peer presentations.

Regular weekly online activities in which students are expected to take part.

Regular group tutorial time and each student is entitled to 1 hour of individual tutorial time.

Individual study, reading and preparation for sessions.

What will I study?

• Philosophy and principles of palliative care.
• The importance of thorough holistic assessment.
• 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 clinical 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 prepare them for the summative assessment.

The module is summatively assessed by the submission of a written essay containing a critical report on the application of learning to the student's own clinical practice, which meets all the learning outcomes. Notional 4,000 words.

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 2022 S2

Venue: Queenscourt Hospice, Southport

Starts: Thu 3rd Feb 2022

Session Times:
  • 1st Session: Thursday 3 February 2022, 9.30am - 4.30pm, Attendance/Online
  • 2nd Session: Thursday 17 February 2022, 8.30am - 1pm, Attendance/Online
  • 3rd Session: Thursday 24 February 2022, 8.30am - 1pm, Attendance/Online
  • 4th Session: Thursday 3 March 2022, 8.30am - 1pm, Attendance/Online
  • 5th Session: Thursday 10 March 2022, 8.30am - 1pm, Attendance/Online
  • 6th Session: Thursday 17 March 2022, 8.30am - 1pm, Attendance/Online
  • 7th Session: Thursday 24 March 2022, 8.30am - 1pm, Attendance/Online
  • 8th Session: Thursday 31 March 2022, 8.30am - 1pm, Attendance/Online
  • 9th Session: Thursday 7 April 2022, 8.30am - 1pm, Attendance/Online
  • 10th Session: Thursday 14 April 2022, 8.30am - 1pm, Attendance/Online
  • 11th Session: Thursday 28 April 2022, 8.30am - 1pm, Attendance/Online
  • 12th Session: Thursday 12 May 2022, 8.30am - 1pm, Attendance/Online
  • 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.

    We encourage you to apply as early as possible to give you the best chance to obtain a place on your preferred cohort, module applications will close as soon as the module is full. Applications received within two weeks of the start date may have to be considered for a later cohort.

    For details of how to apply, please visit the apply page.

    If you have any other queries about studying with us, please see the FAQ page.

    For further information, contact Dr Karen Groves, Clinical Programme Lead:
    Prof Barbara Jack, Academic Programme Lead:

    This module will take place at Queenscourt Hospice, Southport.

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    This module can be taken as standalone or is a core module for:

  • PGCert Integrated Palliative and End of Life Care
  • MSc Integrated Palliative and End of Life Care
  • This module can be an optional module for:

  • MSc Professional Clinical Practice
  • MSc Leadership Development
  • MSc Advanced Clinical Practice