Paediatric Symptom Management within Palliative Care

Aims of the module

This 10-credit Level 7 module, offered online / via distance learning, explores critical issues arising from contemporary paediatric palliative care, especially in relation to symptom management. An on-line induction session will explain how to use our distance learning resources. 

What you will study

  • Introduction to children's palliative care
  • Respiratory symptoms
  • Training
  • Gastrointestinal system 
  • Palliative care emergencies
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Pain
  • Ethics
  • Forward care planning
  • Transition
  • Seizures
  • Grief and loss

Course duration

You will study for 12 weeks with our learning materials, followed by an additional six weeks to submit your essay.  Please note, the module will only run if there are sufficient numbers of applicants. For more information, including start dates, please contact Sue Dunlop.


You will be assessed (at Level 7) by completing a 2000 word essay. 

Entry requirements

The course is open to any qualified nurse or doctor who works with children and/or young people who are living with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions, and for non-UK staff, have evidence of an International English Language Test (IELTS) Level of 6.5 or above, with at least a minimum of 5.5 score in each component.

Additional information

The module is taught by Sue Dunlop, with contributions from a range of specialist palliative care nurses and paediatric medical staff, and overseen by Dr Richard Hain (Consultant and Clinical Lead Paediatric Palliative Care Children's Hospital, Cardiff and Visiting Professor, University of South Wales). 

  • Module code: FC4H001
  • Module cost: £300
  • To apply, please contact the module leader: Sue Dunlop

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