Module code: NUR2179

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

HARDING ND Ms (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: B700

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

To have completed year 1 of the Foundation Degree programme.

Module content

Current issues in the definition and delivery of palliative care

The concerns, requirements and position of people with chronic illness

Consideration of Government initiatives for end of life care in the UK

Approaches to clinical issues and transitions in palliative management

Assessment, measurement and intervention in providing psychological support

Multidisciplinary team in primary and secondary care

Specialist and generic services interface

Therapeutic process of helping the person with symptoms

Theoretical aspects of palliative care interventions

Conceptual approach to transitions in palliative care

Multidimensional nature of complex symptoms

Screening of psychological support in palliative care

Palliative interventions: Pharmacological and non-pharmacological

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK - ESSAY 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

Module aims

  • To explore the multidimensional nature of palliative care in advanced illness, and to explore the interventions that can better support the patient and their family.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Identify issues in providing palliative care for people with both malignant and non malignant terminal illnesses. 
2 Identify a palliative care intervention and how it was experienced by the patient.
3 Identify the concerns and requirements of the patient and their family.
4 Have an understanding of the research and ethics related to clinical issues in advanced illness.
5 Use a discussion about  a clinical issues in the advanced illness of your patient to comment on the ethics and research about the issue. What has been learnt and what are its practice implications.  
6 Appreciate psychological support screening tools and assessment frameworks, and be aware of issues of reliability and validity. 
7 Have an awareness of the  psychosocial impact of the advanced disease on the patient and their family, and have an awareness of the use of suitable psychological assessment tools.
8 Recognise the influence of transitions in chronic illness to palliation and end of life care. 
9 Consideration of policies and government initiatives for end of life care, and the multidisciplinary team approach in primary and secondary care. Discuss  local and national policies about palliative can end of life care
10 Be aware of the impact of complex symptoms in palliative care. 
11 Consideration of the multi-dimensional nature of complex symptoms, pharmacological and non-pharmacological palliative interventions, and the therapeutic process of managing people with complex symptoms and referral to other services.

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 115

Lecture Hours: 42

Methods of Teaching / Learning

Lecture and discussion, student –led seminars and small group work

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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