SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3B723080
Module Leader Liz Smith
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Student of an undergraduate / post graduate professional or health related degree programme that has attained academic credits at a minimum of Level 2 / 8; Registered Nurse or AHPs, an individual who works in a health and social care area in a clinical or non clinical role

Summary of Content

This module aims to improve clinical practice by developing holistic assessment skills which are required for the management of symptoms when patients and carers are living with advanced life limiting disease. Additionally decision making through the application of ethical principles will be explored.


Holistic assessment, recognition and management of common symptoms e.g. Nausea and vomiting, fatigue, pain. Recognise symptom burden and distress and its effect on QOL and the importance of the use of assessment tools Communication of difficult/significant conversations in relation to palliative/end of life care Physiology related to symptoms Advances in symptom management (surgical techniques, pharmacology). Ethical perspectives and approaches to symptom related decisions e.g. capacity, consent, reasoning and resolution

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module the learner should be able to:LO1 Analyse legislation, sources of information, advice and decision support to demonstrate evidence based practice of assessment and management of common symptoms for patients and their carers living with an advanced life limiting diseaseLO2: Analyse the common symptoms for patients with life limiting illness and carers reflect on their effects on quality of lifeLO3: Demonstrate a person centred approach to shared decision making in the context of symptom assessment and management in palliative careLO4: Reflect on the wider issues of ethical implications of decision making in symptom management in advanced disease which demonstrates professional accountability and its relationship to palliative care LO5: Demonstrate evidence of clinical learning via a learning log of relevant activity.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module can be delivered as either face to face or using a blended approach. Different combinations of lectures, seminars, tutorials, interactive discussions, workshops, directed and self-directed study will be utilised depending on where the 'blended' delivery is taking place eg at a venue other than GCU The student will always obtain the equivalent of 36 hours of contact time with the module team, excluding individual academic support. The fundamental aim of the teaching and learning strategies, irrespective of delivery mode is to support the development of autonomous, independent problem solving and decision making within the parameters of their profession competence, role and employers agreed vicarious liability (or equivalent). The teaching and learning strategy will enable the students to synthesise and apply knowledge gained from study of the topics within the module. The teaching and learning will follow a blended approach to ensure flexibility for students. Teaching methods will include lectures, seminars, group work, guided reading and online learning. Tutorials will provide opportunities to consider and explore actual and potential evaluation strategies relevant to independent prescribing practice

Indicative Reading

ABC of Arterial and Venous Disease Donnelly, Richard Richard Donnelly, Nick J M London ISBN10: 1405178892 ISBN13: 9781405178891 Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd Wiley-Blackwell Edition: 2nd Revised edition Format: Paperback Publication date: 23 Apr 2009 Prevention of Nausea and Vomiting in Cancer Patients Matti Aapro, Karin Jordan, Petra Feyer ISBN10: 1908517875 ISBN13: 9781908517876 Publisher: Springer Healthcare Format: Paperback Publication date: 12 Nov 2013 Palliative Medicine Neil MacDonald, Doreen Oneschuk, Neil Hagen ISBN10: 0199694141 ISBN13: 9780199694143 Publisher: Oxford University Press Edition: 3rd Revised edition Format: Paperback Publication date: 15 Mar 2012 Evidence-Based Practice of Palliative Medicine Nathan E Goldstein, R Sean Morrison ISBN10: 143773796X ISBN13: 9781437737967 Publisher: Elsevier - Health Sciences Division Saunders Format: Multimedia Item Publication date: 02 Jan 2013 Palliative Care Linda L Emanuel, S Lawrence Librach ISBN10: 1437716199 ISBN13: 9781437716191 Publisher: Elsevier - Health Sciences Division Saunders Edition: 2nd Revised edition Format: Multimedia Item Publication date: 03 Jun 2011 A Guide to Symptom Relief in Palliative Care Claud Regnard, Mervyn Dean ISBN10: 1846193567 ISBN13: 9781846193569 Publisher: Radcliffe Publishing Ltd Edition: 6th Revised edition Format: Paperback Publication date: 25 Jan 2010 under website address can we add in:

Transferrable Skills

Develop independent learning by working in a self-directed manner Develop study and IT skills to underpin effective learning Develop critical thinking, decision making and communication skills Work effectively with others Underpin professional practice through reflection and the integration of theory and practice Appreciate the need for a high level of ethical and professional conduct

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (PT) 20.00
Independent Learning (PT) 144.00
Tutorials (PT) 12.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Seminars (PT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 144.00
Lectures (PT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 100.00 40% 3000 word case study