Assessing and Managing Symptoms in Palliative Care

Key facts

  • Module codeNURU220
  • Start date 12 Oct 2020
  • Application deadline14 Sep 2020
  • Duration15 Weeks
  • Credit value SCQF SCQF 9 20
  • Fees Home: £545 Overseas: £1003
  • Study mode Online, Campus based


This module reflects the growing interest in the management of palliative care within the context of malignant and non-malignant disease in clinical practice, policy and the literature.

The changing demographics of our population highlight an increasing elderly population.  In addition many people live with co-morbidities and there is an increasing likelihood of survival for many with disease and illness previously considered as ‘life limiting’.

There is a need to provide appropriate assessment and management of symptoms for those with palliative care needs, irrespective of diagnosis.

The module is suitable for nurses, allied healthcare professionals and those with an interest in the provision of quality palliative care.

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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.

The module uses a blended approach to teaching and learning.

The University’s electronic learning resource, Canvas, is used to deliver the majority of teaching and student interaction.


This is a 15 week online module which allows you to be flexible with your study load.

There are two assessments focussed on assessing and managing symptoms of your clients/patients.

You can utilise the learning from the module as part of your current academic career pathway development and Personal Development Plan.