SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHB723098
Module Leader Christina McColl
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.


-360b7 Holistic assessment, recognition and management of common symptoms e.g. Nausea and vomiting, fatigue, pain. -360b7 Recognise symptom burden and distress and its effect on QOL and the importance of the use of assessment tools b7 Communication of difficult/significant conversations in relation to palliative/end of life care b7 Physiology related to symptoms b7 Advances in symptom management (surgical techniques, pharmacology). b7 Ethical perspectives and approaches to symptom related decisions e.g. capacity, consent, reasoning and resolution

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:LO1: Critically reflect on common symptoms for patients with life limiting illness and carers and its effect on their quality of lifeLO2 Critically 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 diseaseLO3: Demonstrate a person centred approach to shared decision making in the context of symptom assessment and management in palliative careLO4: Critically 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 e.g 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).

Indicative Reading

-360b7 Doyle, D., Hanks, W.C., Cherney, N., Calman, K.C. (eds) (2005) Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine, 3rd ed., Oxford University Press: Oxford -360b7 Have, H.T., Clark, D. (eds) (2002) The Ethics of Palliative Care, Open University Press: Buckingham b7 Kuebler, K.K., Berry, P.H., Heidnch, D.E. (2002) End of Life Care: Clinical Practice Guidelines, The Curtis Centre: Philadelphia b7 Lloyd-Williams, M. (2003) Psychosocial Issues in Palliative Care, Oxford University Press: Oxford b7 Lugton, J. McIntyre. (eds) (2005) Palliative Care: The Nursing Role, 2nd ed., Elsevier, Churchill Livingston: Edinburgh b7 Payne, S., Seymour, J., Ingleton, C. (2008) Palliative Care Nursing: Principles and Practice 2nd ed., McGraw Hill Open University Press -360b7 <> -360b7 <> -360b7 <>

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

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 40% Case Study 4000 words