Nature and Scope of Palliative Care

 

Nature and Scope of Palliative Care

This 12-month distance learning module aims to examine the nature and scope of palliative care in relation to life-limiting illnesses.

The modile is suitable for a variety of registered adult healthcare professionals within primary and secondary care. It will contribute to and enhance your abilities to lead and drive clinically-effective care with patients with advanced disease.

(Please note: This module is not suitable for Paediatric Nurses)


MODULE CODE CAMPUS DURATION START DATE
AU3S057 Online / Distance Learning (Module leader based at Glyntaff) 12 months September

During this course, you will explore:

  • Issues pertaining to palliative care via case studies and a narrative approach. 
  • Specific issues that are pertinent to the delivery of effective palliative care include the origins and development of palliative care and the scope of palliative care with in the UK and Europe. 
  • Factors that can impact upon palliative care services and therefore an individual’s journey will be explored in relation to communication skills.
  • The impact of professional, ethical and legal issues upon individuals in clinical decision making. These can include issues such as euthanasia, and the right to die, and the use of advanced directives while considering the issue of capacity and choice.


You will need to be able to access a computer and have access to the internet, as this course is delivered online


The module is a text-based distance learning course supported via distance learning. Some ways in which you will learn include the following:

  • There will be online activities, i.e. discussion boards
  • A Microsoft teams site so all students from the palliative care modules can share experiences and start a community of practice.

How much time will I need to devote to this module?

  • Independent study 80 hours
  • Directed study 120
  • Total of 200 hrs


Formative discussion boards.

Each summative assignment is based on a formative case study, which is submitted prior to the summative assignment.  This ensures the case study is appropriate and links the assignment brief and module outcomes.

The 2 summative assignments are 2500 words which relate to the learning outcomes of the module, both carry a 50% weight to the overall mark.

Essay 1: Select a model of loss or transition. Analyse the model in respect of a patient you have known, their immediate social group and the wider care network. Appraise the input from members of your multi professional team. This essay will be related to a specific case study encountered in clinical Practice (case study should be 300 words, which is not included in the word count)

Essay 2: Critically evaluate the legal, professional OR ethical implications associated to a specific incident encountered in your clinical practice. This essay will be related to a specific case study encountered in clinical Practice (case study should be 300 words, which is not included in the word count)


 Evidence of diploma (level 5) or degree (level 6)

Students will be allocated lecturers as supervisors for their essays who are specialists within Palliative care. There are allocated contact days throughout the module.

Students will also receive regular announcements on the module online and the module leader will be available to contact via email.


  • Library resources online and face to face (depending on where you live)
  • Access to USW library on other campus sites
  • Access to study skills and the advice zone
  • There is an extensive learning materials resource folder with the module, which includes documents, articles, video links, web links etc
  • Extensive reading list, which some books are available electronically


  • The emphasis on the underpinning learning in clinical practice as the assignment are based on the student’s experience/case studies.
  • Taught by a team of lecturers who are specialists in the field of Palliative Care
  • Forms a strong basis of knowledge in Palliative Care
  • Foundation for those who wish to develop their role of palliative care in their further career.
  • Able to transfer credits on other courses in USW, (depending on previous qualification)


Interested in applying?

Complete the application form which can be obtained from Clare Churcher directly.  

Apply directly to Clare Churcher.