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The Principles of Palliative Care - Level 6 - AC0342

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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.

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.

Although this module is not currently taking applications, if you have any queries please email our programme support team at

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.


Your Future

This accredited module can count towards the BSc in Practice Development 

Course info

Award Type Level 6

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

Sector Healthcare Public Health

Study Mode Classroom based and E-learning

Location Coach Lane Campus

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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.

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