This module is aimed at those who wish to develop their critical understanding of palliative and end of life care. You will have the opportunity to critically align knowledge, skills and attitudes to personal practice, in a way that supports personal development, which can positively influence person-centred approaches in meeting the needs of those who are living with progressive life-limiting illness. In addition, you will critically analyse unmet needs and potential service developments in the context of palliative care, within your own area of work.

Assessment is in the form of 2 written pieces of work.

Target Audience

This academic module is aimed at Professionals who provide care or treatment support for people living with incurable disease or frailty for whom care and treatment is palliative and/or end of life focus, who wish to develop their critical knowledge and influence needs -led approaches to gaps in practice.

Relevant to those with appropriate background qualifications to study at Masters Level 7.

This course can be taken as CPD or as part of the MSc Cancer Care programme pathway.  

Date and Duration

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1 Semester commencing in January 

6 contact days over consecutive Tuesdays for 1st 6 weeks of module.

Course Lead: Annette Redwood



  • Broad Principles underpinning Palliative Care
  • The Palliative Care Context – development and definitions.
  • Attitudes and Approaches to Death and Dying in the 21st Century.
  • Concepts for End of Life Care – Future Care Planning and Priorities considerations.
  • The psychological and spiritual impact of living with progressive life-limiting illness and facing dying.
  • Involving & meeting needs of those who are important to the patient – the informal carer perspective.
  • Ethico-legal considerations and challenges that influence decision-making and communications in the palliative and end of life context.
  • Key Principles for Symptom Management in Advanced Disease.
  • Impeccable Assessment  - influences on management approaches in advanced disease (e.g symptoms of Pain, Nausea & Vomiting, Breathlessness).
  • Signs, Symptoms & approaches to common Palliative Oncological Emergencies in advanced disease.
  • The Team work approach to timely meeting need (e.g. showcasing role & remit of other professional/service groups).
  • Analyse unmet needs and potential service developments in the context of Palliative Care.

Number of Places and Cost

Number of places:



£1200 (Subject to change)

Venue and Location


Remote online teaching via The Clinical Education Department


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