20 credits at level HE6
This module is aimed at all professionals (particularly from the fields of Health and Social care) involved in the care of individuals who have palliative care needs as a result of advanced progressive disease and are experiencing or have the potential to experience symptoms that impact on their quality of life.
The World Health Organisation (2002) defines palliative care as:
an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems physical, psychosocial and spiritual.
It will provide participants with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the key principles of symptom management in palliative care and to utilise this knowledge base to improve symptom management for the benefit of patients and their families
This module will seek to develop confidence and competence in symptom management through reflection on and in practice and facilitate professional development through evaluation of the impact of this learning.
Defining symptoms and their meaning within Palliative Care including how attitudes and values of the patient, family and Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) may influence symptom management
The wider impact of effective and poor symptom management
Principles of symptom management, assessment strategies and tools
The contribution of collaborative MDT working
Effective communication skills including strategies to promote effective communication and potential barriers
Reflective Practice and self awareness
Knowledge of symptoms and understanding of the meaning of the symptom for the individual and how attitudes and values impact on symptom management
Holistic assessment skills using social models of care and interventions to determine the impact on the person their family and their roles and environment.
Assessment and recording and reporting skills. Effective communication skillls
Effective communication and liaison skills
Understanding of your professional identity and that of the MDT
Effective communication skills in relation to the individual and their family, assessment of symptoms and collaborative working
Use of self to promote your personal and professional development and identify increase in confidence
Module will be student centred and include practice placements. The module will be taught through lectures, seminars, independent study, group discussion and individual tutorials. This will include external specialists in Palliative care, case study analysis and group work.
200 hours allocated:
Classroom work (40hrs)
3 days practice placements (21hrs)
Private study to consolidate classroom work (50hrs)
Self-directed learning (50hrs)
Preparation for assignment & Library time (39hrs)
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Analyse concepts and principles of good symptom management and apply to patient care||
1.1Analyse and apply key principles of good symptom management
1.2 Examine the impact of holistic symptom management approaches on patient outcomes
1.3 Critically consider ethical issues and communication skills that influence good symptom management
|2.||Evaluate the contribution of the Multi-disciplinary Team (MDT) in symptom management||
2.1 Analyse the impact of the MDT on patient outcomes
2.2 Critically consider your role, as part of the MDT, in influencing good symptom management
|3.||Demonstrate critical review of your learning, and future learning needs, that will influence good symptom management||3.1 Through critical reflection, identify learning needs and develop an action plan to meet these needs, demonstrating the relevance to influencing good symptom management|
|4.||Demonstrate the ability to develop appropriate resources that positively influence symptom management||
4.1 Use an evidence based approach that addresses a core element of symptom management
4.2 Apply your new knowledge, as a resource (in a way that appropriately meets the information needs of your target audience) and conclude how this will influence good symptom management in your work area
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||A 3000 word reflective essay relating to the management of 1 chosen symptom. Inc: critical consideration of own role; development of action plan to meet learning needs identified through critical reflection & how it will influence good symptom management. There is no compensation between assessments,||2 parts; (a) Resource: development of (and showcasing) an evidence based resource that aims to influence an element of good symptom management for a symptom. (b) Summary (750 words): Producing a referenced summary paper that critically discusses the rationale for the resource (relating to choice of symptom, approach taken, target audience and relevance to your role) and how it will influence good symptom management in your work area. There will be no compensation between assessments|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Cooper, J. (2006) (Ed.), Stepping into palliative care 2: care and practice. Oxford:OUP
Dickman, A., Schneider, J., & Varga, J. (2005). The Syringe Driver. (2nd ed.). Oxford: OUP
Ellershaw, J., & Wilkinson, S. (2003) (Eds.), Care of the dying: A pathway to excellence. Oxford: OUP
Fallon, M., & Hanks, G. W. C. (2006). ABC of Palliative Care. (2nd Ed.). Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
Faull, C., Carter, Y., & Daniels, Y. (2005). Handbook of Palliative Care. (2nd Ed.). Oxford: Blackwell Publishing
Lloyd-Williams, M. (2003). (Ed.). Psychosocial Issues in Palliative Care. Oxford: OUP
Payne, S., Seymour, J., & Ingleton, C. (2008). (Eds.), Palliative care nursing:
Principles and Evidence for Practice. (2nd Ed.). Maidenhead: OUP
Twycross, R., & Wilcock, A. (2007). Palliative Care Formulary. (3rd Ed.).
Watson, M., Lucas, C., Hoy, A., & Back, I. (2005). Oxford Handbook of Palliative Care. Oxford: OUP
Webb, P. (2005). Ethical Issues in Palliative Care. (2nd Ed.). Oxford: Radcliffe Pubs Ltd
European Journal of Palliative Care
International Journal of Palliative Nursing
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