SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3B726213
Module Leader Deborah Rickards-Hill
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the concepts of palliative and end of life care, appraising relevant contemporary evidence as part of this learning journey. The care and support of patients with common advanced malignant and non-malignant conditions will also be considered in the context of palliative and end of life care delivery, supporting knowledge and skill development. This helps to ensure that students underpin holistic assessment, shared decision making and care planning with appropriate evidence upon successful completion of the module.


-360b7 Palliative care guidelines, policy, legislation b7 Philosophy of palliative care b7 Ethical and legal frameworks applied to palliative and end of life care b7 Theories and models of loss, grief and bereavement b7 Principles of communication in palliative and end of life care b7 Advanced malignant and non-malignant disease b7 Palliative care provision in institutional and non-institutional settings b7 Family and carer support frameworks b7 Models of reflection

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:1. Explore contemporary legislation, guidelines policy and evidence base to better understand the current trends in palliative and end of life care.2. Consider ethical and legal issues in the palliative care and end of life context. 3. Reflect on philosophical concepts which are unique to palliative and end of life care to support application in practice. 4. Explore approaches to communication and ways in which to enhance this in the context of palliative and end of life care. 5. Evaluate the role of the palliative care team in institutional/non-institutional settings to enhance understanding of the care needs of those with prevalent advanced malignant and non-malignant disease. 6. Reflect on the role of the team in palliative and end of life care focusing on the impact of transition losses for patients and families.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Clinical experts, lecturers and students will contribute to the authenticity of the teaching and learning experience of this module. The care of a selection of patients will be explored in relation to the underpinning concepts of palliative and end of life care. Student engagement will centre on accessibility, flexibility and personalisation of learning through the use of technology where appropriate, including GCU Learn. A series of lectures will stimulate discussion for seminar work, encouraging students to explore the concepts and principles of each topic. This directed study will underpin self-directed learning, supporting students to accept responsibility for own professional development and to be creative and confident individuals.

Indicative Reading

HANKS, W.C., CHERNEY, N., CHRUSTAKIS, N. A., FALLON, M., KAASA, S., PORT, R. K. (eds) 2017 Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine, 4th revised edn., Oxford: Oxford University Press LLOYD-WILLIAMS, M. 2018 Psychosocial Issues in Palliative Care. Oxford: Oxford University Press LUGTON, J. MCINTYRE. (eds) 2006 Palliative Care: The Nursing Role, 2nd edn.. Edinburgh: Elsevier, Churchill Livingston PAYNE, S., SEYMOUR, J., INGLETON, C. 2008 Palliative care nursing: Principles and Evidence for Practice, McGraw Hill Open University Press PETTIFER, A., DE SOUZA J. 2012 End-of-Life Nursing Care, Sage Publications Ltd WITTENBERG-LYLES, E., GOLDSMITH, J., FERRELL, B., RAGAN, S, L. 2013 Communication in Palliative Nursing [online] Available from: https://www.gov.scot/publications/strategic-framework-action-palliative-end-life-care/ URLs <http://palliativecarescotland.org.uk> <http://www.goodlifedeathgrief.org.uk> <https://www.nmc.org.uk/standards/standards-for-nurses/standards-of-proficiency-for-registered-nurses/> <https://learn.nes.nhs.scot/2452/palliative-and-end-of-life-care-enriching-and-improving-experience/palliative-and-end-of-life-care-enriching-and-improving-experience>

Transferrable Skills

Development, or enhancement, of; -360b7 Independent learning skills b7 Critical thinking and decision making skills b7 Study, IT and time management skills b7 Professional and ethical values aligned with professional practice b7 Communication and team working b7 Theory and practice integration and problem solving b7 Reflection

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 26.00
Independent Learning (FT) 134.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Lectures (FT) 20.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Case Study n/a 100.00 40% Case Study (3000 words)