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NPAD3003 End of Life and Palliative Care

Module Overview

Palliative and End of Life Care are core skills for any nurse, from intensive care units and emergency departments to long stay places of care and community settings. Death is an inevitable part of life, and is not seen as a failure if the right care is provided at the right time, but there is only one chance to get it right. This module has aims and outcomes that will shape your learning in this area of care, encouraging you to consider your role in caring for and supporting people with palliative and end of life care needs.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Reflect on the nursing and contribution of nursing to palliative and end of life care.
  • Evaluate the evidence base influencing the nursing care of the person receiving palliative care and those at the end of life
  • Insightfully discuss your understanding of the importance of meeting psychosocial and spiritual needs into care planning and delivery for clients and their carers/families.
  • Critically discuss the philosophical, ethical, legal and professional influences on the delivery of nursing care during palliative and end of life


• Palliative and end of life care philosophy • The individual nearing the end of life and those surrounding them • Communication • Holistic assessment • Symptom recognition, impact and management • Patterns of symptoms in relation to particular disease/illness • Loss, grief and bereavement • Death and dying at different stages of life including the young adult and older person • Last Offices • Choice at end of life • Policy drivers • End of Life Care tools including Advance care planning • The role of the nurse in palliative and end of life care • Ethical, professional and legal considerations related to end of life and palliative care • Promoting self-care and management • Multidisciplinary team working in palliative and end of life care. • Spirituality • Psychological support required by the patient, those close to them and the care team • End of life care and dying in a variety of settings including hospice, hospital and home settings • Unexpected death • Organ donation • Illness trajectories and journeys • Working with charitable and third sector agencies to support people and their families • Therapeutic use of self • Caring values and beliefs

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

• Lectures • Group work and discussion • Technology enhanced learning • Guided reading

Independent Study148
Total study time188

Resources & Reading list

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

Ellershaw, J and Wilkinson, S (2003). Care of the Dying: A pathway to excellence. 

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

Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People (2014). One chance to get it right: Improving people’s experience of care in the last few days and hours of life. 

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

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

Hanks, G., Cherny, N.I., Christakis, N.A., Fallon, M., Kaasa, S. and Portenoy, R.K (2010). Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Professional conversation  (15 minutes) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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