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

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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:
•Historical perspectives
•Palliative care in practice
•Bringing the patient into the picture
•Palliative care and its boundaries
•Definition and function of a multi-disciplinary team
•The impact of effective team function
•Age specific issues
•Meeting spiritual needs
•Palliative care for people with mental health needs and learning disabilities
•Ethnic minorities and cultural issues.
•Access to medication
•Service provision

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 reading122:0024:00Online content
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity102:0020:00eJournal
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study121:0012:00Supplemental reading
Guided Independent StudyOnline Discussion122:0024:00Via 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.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M100Up to 2000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The summative essay 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.

Reading Lists