Welfare Benefits: Living Well with Illness

Key facts

  • Module codeNURU304
  • Start date
  • Duration15 weeks
  • Days on campus0
  • Credit value SCQF SCQF 9 20
  • Fees Fees: TBC. Overseas Fees: TBC.
  • Study mode Online


Recent research and policy directives recognise the need for comprehensive advice, support and involvement programmes for people living with illness.

It is also now possible to predict the progress of many diseases, enabling a planned, involved and integrated approach to care and considered to be a critical aspect of the care delivered by health, social care and welfare professionals.

With a focus on cancer and other key long term conditions, the aim of these modules are:

  • To enable health, social care and welfare professionals to understand and explore the complexities and debate surrounding living with illness;
  • Explore current policy initiatives from national and cross-national perspectives;
  • Identify key challenges supporting and facilitating quality of life for people living with illness and
  • Explore self-management and rehabilitation interventions.

Learning Outcomes are:

  • Understanding the complexities of living well with illness.
  • Evaluate national and cross-national policies aimed at ensuring quality of life and living well with illness.
  • Identify key support and intervention requirements.
  • Evaluate supported self-management, rehabilitation and integrated service initiatives.
  • Demonstrate a general understanding of welfare rights and entitlements.

This is an online, distance learning module. All learning materials are available online, supported by library materials, online tasks and further information activities.

The module is structured into 4 parts:

  • Part 1: Understanding Living with Illness
  • Part 2: Living and Dying Well: Policy in Practice
  • Part 3: Assessing Living with Illness
  • Part 4: Lifestyles, Intervention and Rehabilitation

  • One essay (50%)
  • One reflective exercise (50%)

Dr Marie Gallagher