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Palliative & End-of-Life Care - HEA00075I

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  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Kate Flemming
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20
B Spring Term 2019-20 to Summer Term 2019-20

Module aims

The aim of this module is to enable health and social care practitioners to explore the concepts of palliative and end of life care in a range of health and social care settings. Central to the module will be the key end of life care policy documents and their application to practice. The module aims to help students understand the philosophy of palliative and end of life care, examine the contexts in which it may be delivered, and develop an approach that can be applied to their own practice settings.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the key priorities for the care of people who are dying and their families/carers.
  2. Consider a range of evidence and policy documents relevant to palliative and end of life care in light of their own practice setting.
  3. Apply the key elements of palliative and end of life care to their own practice setting.
  4. Identify the challenges of end of life care and their impact in different practice settings.
  5. Consider the reality of death and dying in contemporary society and its impact on patients, families and carers.


Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 3000 words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 3000 words
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written feedback for summative assessment is provided on the standard proforma, within the timescale specified in the programme handbook.

Indicative reading

  • Addington-Hall, J. and Higginson, I.J. (2001). (Eds.). Palliative care for non-cancer patients. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Cullum, N., Ciliska, D., Haynes, R.B. and Marks, S. (2008). Evidence Based Nursing: An introduction. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
  • Department of Health (2008). Advanced Care Planning: A Guide for Health and Social Care Staff. London: Department of Health.
  • Department of Health (2008). End of Life Care Strategy: promoting high quality care for all adults at the end of life. London: Department of Health. [Online]. Available from:
  • Hanks, G., Cherny, N.I., Christakis, N.A., Fallon, M., Kaasa, S. and Portenoy, R.K. (Eds.). (2010). The Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine. 4th edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Ellershaw, J. and Wilkinson, S. (Eds.). (2011). Care for the Dying: a pathway to excellence. 2nd edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Katz, J.S. and Peace S.M. (Eds.). (2003). End-of-Life in Care Homes: a palliative care approach. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Kinghorne, S. and Gaines, S. (Eds.). (2007). Palliative Nursing: improving end of life care. 2nd edn. Edinburgh: Balliere Tindall.
  • Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People (2014). One chance to get it right: Improving people's experience of care in the last few days and hours of life. London: Department of Health.
  • Neuberger, J. (2004). Caring for dying people of different faiths. 3rd edn. Abingdon: Radcliffe Medical Press.
  • Neuberger, J. (2013). More care, less pathway: A review of the Liverpool Care Pathway. London: Department of Health.
  • Payne, S., Seymour, J. and Ingleton, C. (2008). Palliative Care Nursing: principles and evidence for practice. 2nd edn. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
  • National Audit Office Report on End of Life Care. [Online]. Available at:
  • Speck, P. (2006). Teamwork in Palliative Care: fulfilling or frustrating? Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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