Child Nursing

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.

What you will study

  • Learning outcome 1 - Be able to undertake a critical analysis of the assessment, planning, evidence base and management of symptoms, and evaluation of symptom management.
  • Learning outcome 2 - Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principles and practices of paediatric palliative care.

    Content within themes:
    • Introduction to children's palliative care
    • Respiratory symptoms
    • Pain
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Seizures
    • Psychological symptoms
    • Constipation and feeding
    • Oncology emergencies
    • Ethics
    • Care planning

    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.

    Assessment

    • Formative assessment: Support will be offered via discussion boards and students encouraged to submit a plan of the review.  
    • Summative assessment: 3,000 word critical review of a chosen aspect of paediatric palliative care
    • Practice assessment : Not applicable

    Timetable

    The course starts on 31/10/18 and runs for ten taught weeks. Themes are released on a Wednesday. The summative assignment is due in March 2019.

    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. On successful completion of the course the student will be able to undertake a critical analysis of the assessment, planning, evidence base and management of a symptom, and demonstrate a critical understanding of the principles and practices of paediatric palliative care.

    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). 

    An on-line induction session will explain how to use our distance learning resources. Additional video recordings will explain how to access support, use Turnitin and be an effective on-line learner.

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


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