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HLTH6158 Palliative and End of Life Care (Adult pathway)

Module Overview

The module will provide an exploration of the core elements of palliative and end of life care nursing, focusing on the role of the nurse in undertaking effective care and support for patients and their families experiencing life-limiting or life-threatening illness. The module content is underpinned by the End of Life Care Pathway (Department of Health 2009), and the components of the pathway will be addressed throughout the module.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To enable you to develop an understanding and knowledge of key concepts within palliative and end of life care and to assist you to meet patient and relatives’ needs sensitively and effectively using current best practice.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically reflect on the nursing contribution to palliative and end of life care.
  • Critically appraise the evidence informing the nursing care of the person receiving palliative care and those at the end of life
  • Effectively apply your understanding of the physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs of people with palliative care needs or who are at the end of life into care planning and delivery
  • Discuss the ethical, legal and professional responsibilities associated with the provision of palliative and end of life care

Syllabus

• Palliative and end of life care philosophy • The role of the nurse in palliative and end of life care • Multidisciplinary team working in palliative and end of life care. • The health and nursing needs of individuals nearing the end of life and those surrounding them • Therapeutic use of self • Communicating with patients and family members with palliative and end of life care needs • Caring values and beliefs • The development of an evidence base in palliative and end of life care – challenges and contemporary approaches • Patterns of symptoms in relation to particular disease/illness • Symptom assessment, impact and management • Illness trajectories and journeys • Psychological support required by the patient, those close to them and the care team • Spirituality • Loss, grief and bereavement • Death and dying at different stages of life and in differing circumstances including the young adult and older person, expected and unexpected death • End of life care and dying in a variety of settings including hospice, hospital and home settings • Care of the Person After Death • Tissue and Organ donation • Policy drivers influencing care and service provision including the use of end of life care tools (end of life care pathway, advance care planning, preferred place of care) and the choice agenda • Ethical, professional and legal considerations related to end of life and palliative care • Promoting self-care and management • Working with charitable and third sector agencies to support people and their families

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching and learning methods on this module may include: • Lectures • Group work and discussion • Technology enhanced learning • Guided reading • Action learning groups

TypeHours
Lecture30
Preparation for scheduled sessions95
Total study time125

Resources & Reading list

Gunaratnam, Y. and Oliviere, D. (2009). Narrative and Stories in Health Care; illness, dying and bereavement. 

Doyle D, Hanks, G., MacDonald N. (2011). Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine. 

Addington-Hall J and Bruera E (eds) (2007). Research Methods in Palliative Care. 

Payne, S., Seymore, J, and Ingleton, C. (eds) (2008). Palliative Care Nursing: Principles and evidence for practice. 

Department of Health (2008). End of Life Care Strategy – promoting high quality care for all adults at end of life. 

Randall, F. and Downie, R.S. (2010). End of Life Choices; concensus and controversy. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Professional conversation 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Professional conversation 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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