Assessing and Managing Symptoms in Palliative Care
Learn about the principles of palliative care, multidisciplinary working and management of key symptoms, as well as ways to assess and manage physical and psychological symptoms experienced by individuals with life-limiting illnesses.
The module is suitable for nurses, allied healthcare professionals and those with an interest in the provision of quality palliative care.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS Academic or UKVI 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub-skill.
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) 60 overall with a minimum of 59 in each sub-skill.
- IBT TOEFL 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing.
See our information on English language requirements for more details on the language tests we accept and options to waive these requirements.
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- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the key concepts associated with multi-professional assessment of symptoms in palliative care;
- Critically explore and evaluate assessment tools applied to symptom management in palliative care;
- Analyse the Biopsychosocial model of care as a framework for the symptom management in patients with palliative care needs;
- Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the psychological, pharmacological and supportive care measures incorporated in the assessment and management of specific symptoms in the individual with palliative care needs.
Structure and content
You will explore:
- The principles of palliative care applied in current practice
- The process of systematic assessment
- What is meant by the term ‘quality of life’
- The assessment and management of the most prevalent palliative care symptoms
- The final stages of life: recognising when death is approaching, assessing and alleviating the symptoms
Delivery and assessment
This online course uses a blended approach to teaching and learning including:
- Fully online accessible live/recorded lectures
- Open office hours
- Themed, weekly online, interactive based learning through Canvas, our virtual learning environment
- Independent study
Assessment of the module is via a 2,500 word critical essay.
Dr Debbie Waddell
The learning from this module will enhance your evidence based knowledge and understanding to inform your practice and can be used as part of your academic and professional development.