Module code: NURM130

Module Overview

This module aims to critically evaluate 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 7

Module cap (Maximum number of students): 10

Overall student workload

Personal Tutorial Hours: 1

Independent Learning Hours: 110

Lecture Hours: 30

Seminar Hours: 7

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

First degree or ability to work at M level, this will be assessed by the student writing an essay under exam conditions. Desired: Advanced communications skills.

Module content

Brief Indication of 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 ASSIGNMENT 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 critically evaluate 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, critically 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

  • The aim of this module is to explore the multidimensional nature of palliative care in advanced illness, to appraise the evidence base in relation to palliative care and intervention. Furthermore, to develop level 2 IOG skills in psychological support interventions and to facilitate screening of patients and careers.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Critically discuss issues in providing palliative care for people with both malignant and non malignant terminal illnesses.
2 Critically appraise and synthesise the outcomes of research and ethics related to clinical issues in advanced illness.
3 Evaluate psychological support screening tools and assessment frameworks, and comment on reliability and validity.
4 Critically reflect on the influence of transitions in chronic illness to palliation and end of life care.
5 Evaluate the evidence for managing complex symptoms in palliative care.

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

Delivery of Module:

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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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.