Faculty of Medical Sciences Online Learning


Themes and Perspectives of Palliative Care (E-learning)

  • Module Leader & Lecturer: Dr Victoria Hewitt 
Module Duration: 12 weeks
Starts:  February (Semester 2)
Credit Value:  10
Study hours:  8 hours per week - on average


This module examines and explores the history and definitions of palliative care and the issues which affect its delivery in context.  Inspired by the work of the World Health Organisation and World Palliative Care Alliance, you will consider palliative care from a number of perspectives – including disease, age, access and socio-cultural factors - considering challenges to service provision and clinical education.  You will reflect upon these from your own context and experience and share these observations with peers to build a rounded understanding of global palliative care today and in the future.


This module relies on the collective intelligence of the student group. By this, we mean that you will share, discuss and reflect upon your knowledge and understanding of palliative care, as individuals and with others. As a group we will gather information about palliative care across the world and from different perspectives and use this to critically examine your own practice and your local, regional and/or national services.


  • Participation - 10% of the mark for this module mark is for participation in online discussions
  • Summative assessment - a written report intended for a care providing organisation, in which you will identify one or more areas where palliative care provision could be improved and recommend ways to achieve this.

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