Module code: NUR3306

Module Overview

This module aims to explore current issues in the definition and delivery of palliative care, approaches to clinical issues and transitions in palliative management, and the exploration of the theoretical aspects of palliative care interventions.

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

HARDING Nicola (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

Module cap (Maximum number of students): 10

Overall student workload

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

  • Current issues in the definition and delivery of palliative care

  • Concerns, requirements and position of people with chronic and end stage 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

  • Multidisciplinery approach to palliative care in primary and secondary care

  • Specialist and generic services interface

  • Theraputic process of helping the person with symptoms

  • Theoretical aspects of palliative care interventions

  • Conceptual approach to transitions in palliative care

  • Multidimentsional nature of complex symptoms

  • Screening of psychological support in palliative care

  • Palliaitve interventions: pharmacological and non-pharmacological

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework CASE STUDY 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

Their learning and knowledge and understanding of a whole systems approach to the delivery of palliative care interventions in advanced disease and at the end of life, and how their role can influence care.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • A written assignment of a palliative care intervention, using a case study approach , analysing the intervention and evaluating the impact of the care given, concluding with recommendations for practice development.



    Formative assessment

    Peer assessed presentation of a palliative or end of life issue, including an account of the event, ethical issues , management and clinical decision making, together with the particular context in which the care took place.


    Peer and tutor feedback during the formative assessment will enable the student to build on the formative work and continue to develop their essay plan, with further feedback provided by timetabled individual meetings with the students on day 6 of the module.


    Please note that any evidence of unsafe practice or breach of confidentiality will result in an automatic refer for the module.

Module aims

  • Enable students tio understand the multidimentsional nature of palliative care in advanced illness and to be aware of the evidence base in relation to palliative care and interventions.To acquire knowledge about skills in psychological support interventions and to understand the screening of partinets and carers

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Identify issues in providing palliative care for people with both malignant and non-malignant terminal illnesses KCP
002 Understand the outcomes of research and ethics related to clinical issues in advanced illness KCP
003 Appreciate the psychological support screening tools & assessment frameworks and be aware of the issues of reliability and validity KCP
004 Recognise the influence of transitions in chronic illness to palliation and end of life KCPT
005 Be aware of the evidence for managing complex symptoms in palliative care KCT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: facilitate student learning using a mix of teaching and learning approaches including lectures from relevant multidisciplinary health and social care professionals.



The learning and teaching methods include:


  • Lecture

  • Discussion

  • Student-led seminars

  • Small group work

  • Digital media

  • Utilisation of online resources

  • Use of e-learning platforms

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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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.