Core Module Information
Module title: Palliative Care Theory for Practice

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: NMS09142
Module leader: Isabel Dosser
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Nursing


Description of module content:

In this module you will have the opportunity to explore how a palliative approach can improve end of life with the focus on quality of life and a dignified death for patients across all healthcare settings. You will also be introduced to the World Health Organisation (WHO) (2004) principles of palliative care and critically consider how these relate to holistic and compassionate care of people with a variety of life limiting illnesses, and their families.

As well as an introduction to the WHO principles of palliative care; you will also be introduced to local, national and international policy perspectives and strategies with a focus on national priorities. Discussion and exploration of an interdisciplinary approach to palliative care including comparison of generalist and specialist care; strategies to inform patient and carer assessment; communication and difficult conversations; end of life pathways and advanced care planning; evidence based symptom assessment and management; ethical and cultural issues; palliative care emergencies; how to support patients and carers experiencing loss and bereavement.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Demonstrate an understanding and integrated knowledge of the principles of palliative care
LO2: Evaluate and use a range of skills in communication in patient/carer assessment within palliative care
LO3: Review and critically analyse evidence based interventions to minimise physical, psychological, social and spiritual impact of a life limiting illness
LO4: Evaluate the contribution and challenges of promoting and working within an interdisciplinary team in palliative care.
LO5: Reflect and interpret ethical and cultural issues that may arise in palliative care situations
LO6: Based on the best evidence raise awareness and appreciation of loss and bereavement within a palliative care context

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