Therapeutic Management of Life limiting illness in palliative Care


Therapeutic Management of Life limiting illness in palliative Care

This palliative care course is designed 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.The module aims to critically analyse the provision of effective care for patients/clients with complex symptoms relating to a life-limiting illness. You will develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of the issues within palliative care, examining pain and other complex symptoms and how these translate into practice.

On successful completion, the student will receive a certificate for a 20 credit module which they have passed at level 6 accredited by the University. The credit can be transferred towards the MSC Professional practice (depending on previous qualifications)

Key career benefits include:

  • The emphasis on underpinning learning in clinical practice as the assignment is 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 qualifications)
AU3S034 Online / Distance Learning (Module Leader based at Glyntaff campus) 12 months September

On this module you will learn:

  • The assessment and management of complex symptoms including pain, nausea and vomiting, anxiety, depression, fatigue and agitation will be explored and appropriate interventions critically discussed. 
  • The themes of assessment and decision making will be considered, examining the physiological basis of common symptoms and the pharmacology of various drugs utilised for those common symptoms. 
  • Consideration through the module will be given to psychosocial issues such as anxiety and depression within patients who have a life limiting illness and the communication strategies used in relation to managing difficult symptoms

The module is a text-based distance learning course supported via distance learning.

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

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

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


There is no formal face to face teaching, as this module is an Online / Distance Learning (Module Leader based at Glyntaff campus).  However, the module leader is available via telephone, teams, collaborate, email or face to face (if location and COVID allows)

Module leader: Clare Churcher

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

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 2,500 words which relates to the learning outcomes of the module, both carry a 50% weight to the overall mark.

Essay 1

Choose one of the following essays on pain: 

A. Use the literature to reflect on a patient you have cared for and critically analyse pain assessment using the holistic approach (Physical, Social, Psychological & Spiritual) as a basis for your assessment. 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). 

B. Drawing on your experiences reflect on one example that will illustrate your discussion of the therapeutic use of the analgesic medication used for their pain control. In this discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the analgesic used, the health professional role and identify if an alternative could have been used. 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

Select one symptom / problem identified within units 3 or 4 and highlight the relevant nursing issues in relation to that symptom, focusing on the impact this can have on the patient and the family. Discuss the interrelating issues that are applicable, focusing upon how that symptom impinges on or causes others. 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)

Lectures who are allocated to students as supervisors for their essays who are specialists within Palliative care. There are allocated contact days throughout the module.

You will receive regular announcements on the module and can access help from your module leader via email.

You will have access to:

  • 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, weblinks etc
  • Extensive reading list, which some books are available electronically


Interested in Applying?

Complete the application form which can be obtained from Clare Churcher directly.  Applications are only accepted this way.