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The Principles of Palliative Care - Level 6 - AC0342


About this course

This module is commissioned by Health Education England as part of its continuing workforce development (CWD) portfolio. If you are interested in participating, please complete the application form and gain authorisation from your Line Manager and your Trust Training Coordinator.

To apply please make a note of the module start month, click on book now and choose the application for the correct starting month. Once your application is complete we will contact you in order to confirm whether or not you have been allocated a place. If you receive a place you will be emailed an official offer letter, you will need to respond confirming your place within 10 working days.

Focusing on patients who have palliative care needs, this module will enable you to examine your practice when caring for this vulnerable group.

We will consider the holistic needs of the patient and their carers and you will be encouraged to reflect on your experiences from clinical practice, in order to explore how these could be enhanced.

You will also explore local and national developments in palliative care and critically appraise the social and political trends that influence delivery.

We will use patient narratives to explore the experiences of the palliative care patient and enable you to develop a deeper understanding of principles and practices. You will also consider the needs of cancer and non-cancer patients and the informational needs of patients and their family.

This module will allow you to adopt a flexible learning approach in order to develop specific knowledge related to the principles of palliative care in both the cancer patient and patients suffering diseases other than cancer.

Study Dates for September Cohort:

Taught Days:

Thursday 20th September

Thursday 27th September

Thursday 11th October

Thursday 25th October

Thursday 1st November

Thursday 15th November


Study Days:

Thursday 4th October

Thursday 18th October

Thursday 8th November

Thursday 22nd November


Study Dates for the February Cohort:

Taught Days:

Thursday 7th February

Thursday 14th February

Thursday 28th February

Thursday 14th March

Thursday 21st March

Thursday 28th March


Study Days:

Thursday 21st February

Thursday 7th March

Thursday 11th April 


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 mix 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.

Your summative assessment for this module will consist of an essay, which will enable you to examine and discuss the intervention(s) and support provided for a person and their family who have palliative care needs.

You will have the opportunity for formative assessment during student-led seminars which will enable you to show how you have achieved the learning outcomes of the module.


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 apply the theoretical principles of palliative care to your practice and reflect on the holistic needs of the patient and their family.


Course info

Award Type Level 6

Delivery Method Blend of Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials, Directed and Independent Study

Sector Health, Sport and Social Care

Study Mode Part Time

Location Coach Lane Campus

Start September 2018 or February 2019

Duration 10 Weeks

The course covers the following topics:

  • Principles underpinning palliative care
  • History and development of palliative care
  • Sociology of death and dying
  • Future directions of palliative care
  • Compare and contrast the needs of the cancer and non-cancer patient
  • The emotional cancer journey
  • Ethical issues in palliative care
  • Quality of life issues
  • Patient perspectives
  • The last days of life
  • Caring for the lay carer and bereavement support
  • The information needs of the palliative care patient and their family

Level 5 study

This module will enable the practitioner to critically examine their practice when caring for this vulnerable group of patients, and will consider the holistic needs of the patient and their carers. Participants will be encouraged to reflect and explore personal experiences arising from their own clinical practice in order to consider enhancing their professional practice.

  • Explore how the principles of palliative care can be applied in a variety of settings, throughout the patient journey.
  • Critically appraise the social and political trends that influence the delivery of palliative care.
  • Critically evaluate how palliative care principles may be relevant to patients with non-malignant disease.
  • Critically reflect on the holistic needs of the palliative care patient and their family considering the challenges in professional practice.

Please register your interest for this course and we will be in touch once we have confirmed dates.

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