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Palliative Care for Adults

Level 6, 20 Credits

Course aim

This module aims to:

  • enhance palliative care practice and understanding to generalist health and social care professionals
  • promote high quality care for all those approaching the end of their lives whatever their condition and whatever setting in which they may reside.
Course length

The course is delivered over 12 week period attending alternate weeks. The are 5 full day attendances plus an additional half day tutorial support.

All sessions will be available via 'Canvas’ for additional reading. This module will be delivered by both health and social care academics and supported by clinical expertise.

Course cost

The total cost for this CPD module is £840.

Course structure
  • The delivery will be over a 12 week period, attending alternate weeks. There are five full day attendances plus an additional half-day tutorial support
  • Materials used in this module will be available electronically via ‘Canvas’ for additional reading
  • The module will be delivered by health and social care academics as well as clinical experts

There is a requirement for full attendance for each of the sessions, whether they are in class or through the technology enhanced learning environment.

Course content

Topics covered on this module include:

  • Symptom management of pain and other distressing symptoms
  • End of life care service provision
  • Communication challenges in the palliative care assessment process
  • Loss, grief and bereavement, and spiritual care
  • Support mechanisms for patient’s, families and staff
  • Role of Advanced Care Planning in promoting choice
Learning and Teaching Strategies

This module will be delivered with a variety of teaching and learning methods. Specifically, keynote lectures, literature based discussion, self-directed study, group work and tutorials.


Assessment will be via a 4,500 word Case Study, where you will be expected to: 

  • demonstrate a systematic understanding of the key aspects of palliative care in relation to an episode of care
  • consider the challenges of uncertainty, limits of knowledge and resources in relation to your own practice
Entry requirements

In order to be considered for this palliative care course, you should have:

  • current registration as a health or social care professional
  • be employed a health or social care organisation
  • have successful completed Level 5 study
CPD award

This Continuing Professional Development module can be studied within the BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care Development award framework or as a single CPD.

Study dates

January 2021 - see timetable.

How to apply

Please use the online application form.

Further information

Further information is available in our CPD for healthcare professionals brochure.

Faculty Admissions Team
Faculty of Health
Liverpool John Moores University
79 Tithebarn Street
Liverpool L2 2ER

T: 0151 231 5829

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.

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