Transforming Integrated Palliative & End Of Life Care HEA4197


Covid-19 - Course Impact Statement

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.

For information on the impact of Covid19 on our teaching, please see our Covid19 Teaching Update page.

Module Code: HEA4197
Level: 7
Credits: 20
Cost: £880 for Sept 2020 to July 2021

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.

How Will I Study?

Lecture: face to face teaching including interactive workshops, group work and peer presentations

Seminar: Online activities expected students to take part

Tutorial: Each student is entitled to 1 hour of tutorial - this can be done one to one or in a group tutorials session.

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 2021 S2

Venue: TBC

Starts: Thu 4th Feb 2021

Session Times:
  • 1st Session: Thursday 4 February 2021, 9.30am - 4.30pm, Attendance
  • 2nd Session: Thursday 18 February 2021, 8.30am - 1pm, Attendance
  • 3rd Session: Thursday 25 February 2021, 8.30am - 1pm, Attendance
  • 4th Session: Thursday 4 March 2021, 8.30am - 1pm, Attendance
  • 5th Session: Thursday 11 March 2021, 8.30am - 1pm, Attendance
  • 6th Session: Thursday 18 March 2021, 8.30am - 1pm, Attendance
  • 7th Session: Thursday 25 March 2021, 8.30am - 1pm, Attendance
  • 8th Session: Thursday 1 April 2021, 8.30am - 1pm, Attendance
  • 9th Session: Thursday 15 April 2021, 8.30am - 1pm, Attendance
  • 10th Session: Thursday 22 April 2021, 8.30am - 1pm, Attendance
  • 11th Session: Thursday 29 April 2021, 8.30am - 1pm, Attendance
  • 12th Session: Thursday 13 May 2021, 8.30am - 4pm, Attendance
  • 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

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

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

    For further information, contact Dr Karen Groves at Queenscourt Hospice email:

    This module will take place at Queenscourt Hospice, Southport.

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    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