Module Catalogue 2022/23

ONC8005 : Palliative Care Themes and Perspectives (E-learning)

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Victoria Hewitt
  • Lecturer: Mrs Rachel Jones
  • Owning School: FMS Graduate School
  • Teaching Location: Off Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
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Co Requisites
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This module aims to enable the learner to understand the purpose, aspirations and motivations of professionals and healthcare systems providing palliative care.
Students will reflect on their own specific practice and work collaboratively with peers to understand the needs of service users and explore the various models of care designed to meet them, recognising that palliative care takes a multidisciplinary and holistic approach. Students will gain an awareness of variations in palliative care worldwide, recognise the need for equity irrespective of diagnosis, age and socio-cultural background and acknowledge the importance of access to medications.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will cover the following topics:
•       Definitions of palliative care
•       Models of care
•       Access to palliative care
•       Palliative care from the disease and diagnosis perspective
•       Age-specific issues in palliative care
•       Social and cultural issues
•       Access to medications at the end of life
•       Developing palliative care, including the public health model of palliative care

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

On completion of this module students will be able to:
•       Explain why avoidable suffering at the end of life from uncontrolled symptoms is perpetuated by lack of knowledge and poor application of that knowledge to practice
•       Critically appraise the challenges and opportunities for palliative care provision localily, nationally and internationally
•       Critically describe how palliative care is realized through effective interprofessional working.
•       Identify explain and evaluate barriers to the effective delivery of palliative care.

Intended Skill Outcomes

On completion of this module students will be able to:
•       Critically appraise and apply relevant palliative care theories in clinical practice.
•       Extract and apply data to inform and develop palliative care services.
•       produce a written report to address a gap in palliative care service provision in the student’s clinical context.
• Critically appraise and apply relevant palliative care theories in clinical practice

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Independent assessment preparation
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading181:0018:00Online content
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity72:0014:00Via discussion board
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study121:0012:00Supplemental reading
Guided Independent StudyOnline Discussion182:0036:00Via discussion board
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The design of the on-line materials encourages students to explore and deepen their understanding of the issues involved in the planning, design and delivery of palliative care. The on-line asynchronous discussion focus on issues raised through the completion of activities, reading and reflection. The outcomes of these discussions will facilitate networking and allow students to relate the information to their own experiences, practices and teams.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M100Up to 2000 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Reflective log1M1000 words maximum
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The summative assessment takes the form of a 2000 word report in which the student details an area of their own practice or a specific context in which there is a gap in palliative care service provision. The report will critically propose mechanisms to address the area concerned and is designed to encourage critical application of the relevant theories to clinical practice. It also allows reflection by the students, based on the knowledge learned, to their own needs and area of development.

The formative assessment is a reflective account of student’s insights into their own practice and service in relation to identified or potential needs that will form the summative assessment.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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