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Managing Pain and Symptoms in Advanced Disease - Level 6 - AC6613

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About this course

This course is part of Continuing Workforce Development for NHS practitioners. If you are interested in participating, please fill out the application form and gain authorisation from an appropriate decision maker within the NHS before sending it back to us.

Please note this module offers a variety of intake dates. Submit your application for the default month, which appears on the book now page, and indicate your preferred intake in the personal statement section from the date(s) listed in the orange box on this page. Your programme support team will be in touch to confirm your actual start date in due course. For further queries, please contact us by emailing hs.cipdinfo@northumbria.ac.uk.

This module is focussed on patients who have palliative care needs, and will enable you to critically examine your practice when caring for this vulnerable group of patients. The philosophy underpinning this module is that accurate assessment is the key to managing pain and symptoms in advanced disease and that effective relief is the essence of quality of life.

This module will enable you to develop advanced skill and knowledge related to complex pain and symptom management, and identify best practice based on the evidence. You will be encouraged to consider the many components that contribute to the delivery of quality palliative care, and to consider the holistic needs of the patient and their carers. You will also have the opportunity to reflect and explore personal experiences arising from your own clinical practice in order to enhance your professional practice in the management of symptoms in advanced disease.

This course would suit healthcare practitioners working in the area of palliative care and covers the following topics:

  • The physiology of pain and pain theories
  • Different types of pain
  • The psychological consequences of pain
  • Assessment of pain and symptoms
  • Pharmacological interventions
  • Non pharmacological interventions
  • Common symptoms in advanced disease
  • Emergencies in palliative care
  • End of life Issues

Learn from the Best

Designed by a multi-professional team including Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Midwives, Social Care Staff and Medical practitioners our range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is tailored towards individuals who are driving and enabling practice development in NHS North East.

Northumbria is the principal provider of nurse education in the North East of England and was named Nurse Education Provider of the Year (post-registration) for three consecutive years by Student Nursing Times.

We have excellent relationships with partner services in health, social care and social work and our range of CPD provision supports practitioners and managers to engage in professional learning and then examine how this can be integrated in the practice arena.

 

Teaching and Assessment

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, directed and independent study with the emphasis being on reflection and lifelong learning. The electronic learning platform and other e-learning methodologies will be utilised to support and enhance the learning experience as appropriate.

You will have the opportunity for formative assessment through student led seminars which will help you demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes and how you have applied theory to your professional practice.

You will also be expected to produce an essay (3000 words) based on your practice within your specialist area of care. The essay will demonstrate the achievement of the module learning outcomes it is expected that whilst the essay is situated in practice the need for anonymity and confidentiality will be respected.

 

Learning Environment

This course is based at our Coach Lane Campus where you will have access to cutting-edge facilities with technology embedded through all aspects of your CPD course.

 

Research-rich Learning

Northumbria University has been ranked in the top quartile in the UK for research power in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing. Additionally, more than 80% of our research activity in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).

 

Give Your Career an Edge

As well as enhancing your CV, this course will enable you to enhance your professional practice in the management of symptoms of advanced disease.

 

Your Future

This accredited module can count towards the BSc (Hons) in Practice Development (20 credits).

Course info

Award Type 20 Credit, Level 6

Delivery Method Blend of Lectures Discussions and Seminars

Sector Healthcare Public Health

Study Mode Classroom Based

Location Coach Lane Campus

Start February 2018

This course would suit healthcare practitioners working in the area of palliative care.

 

Previous evidence of level 5 study.

The philosophy underpinning this module is that accurate assessment is the key to managing pain and symptoms in advanced disease and that effective relief is the essence of quality of life. This module will enable the student to develop advanced skill and knowledge related to complex pain and symptom management, and identify best practice based on the evidence.

1. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of a variety of symptoms and pain that cause distress in advanced disease.

2. Critically evaluate the need for assessment skills and the usefulness of tools for effective symptom management.

3. Appraise the contribution of the multi-disciplinary team in the effective management of pain and symptoms in advanced disease

4. Explore the legal and ethical consequences of clinical practice in palliative care.

5. Consider the quality of life dimension in relation to effective pain and symptom control in advanced disease.

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