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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

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


• 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

Independent Study70
Total study time125

Resources & Reading list

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

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

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

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

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

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


Assessment Strategy

Professional conversation and supporting annotated bibliography. Learning will be demonstrated in a 15 minute conversation with an academic, clinical or research member of staff with expertise in the area. It is a requirement of the module that an annotated bibliography is submitted prior to your conversation, although this element does not contribute to the final mark awarded. The conversation will contribute to 100% of the marks awarded for this module. Pass mark is 50%. This assessment will be marked by academic staff based upon marking criteria which will be made available to you.


MethodPercentage contribution
Annotated bibliography 
Professional conversation  (15 minutes) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Annotated bibliography 
Professional conversation  (15 minutes) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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