Palliative Care Concepts and Practice: University of West London Accredited Sue Ryder Module - Level 6

Overview and Content

The focus of this module is to critically explore and understand the lived experience of patients with a progressive or life-limiting condition or those who are dying, in order to determine how they and their families can best be helped and supported. It is designed to give you an introduction to the concept and practice of palliative care, and will offer you the opportunity to critically examine the care given to patients within your own field of health practice. You will be expected to critically analyse and synthesise the issues raised by exploring the relevant theory, research and evidence-based practice. This in turn will enable you to use evidence to inform your practice thus enhancing patient care through a greater understanding.


  1. Introduction and complexities of palliative and end of life care
  2. Communication
  3. Principles of pain and symptom management
  4. Ethical decision making
  5. End of life priorities for care
  6. Loss, grief and bereavement

Teaching methods

The module team acknowledges that as a post-registration student you will bring with you a rich variety of experiences. With this in mind, the teaching and learning activities are devised to maximise your individual experiences. Sessions will include a variety of different teaching and learning approaches, which in turn encourage varying degrees of interaction between the tutor and yourself.


The module has two assessments: An annotated bibliography of 5-7 key articles or documents that you will use to support your academic discussions and a reflective commentary on an episode of care demonstrating achievement of the selected module learning outcomes. Your assessments will be submitted 12 weeks after the start of the module.

Student support

You will be provided with a Module Study Guide at the beginning of your study, which provides information about the module. Your Module Leader and tutors are available to offer support and advice, and tutorials can be arranged throughout the module.

Entry requirements

This module is open to registered NMC Nurses and registered HCPC Allied Health Professionals. All applicants must work in a practice environment that will support you in achieving the module learning outcomes. You should provide evidence of recent study at academic level 5 or 6, if not you may be required to complete a study skills workbook prior to starting the module.

Course details

Mode: Part time, including six study days

  • Holme on Spalding Moor - May 2018 (applications closed)

How to apply

For upcoming dates, more information and an application form, please contact Dr Caroline Belchamber on 07870 158 815 or via email.