This module, previously known as Non-Malignant Palliative Care, is aimed at any health care professional who participates in the delivery and management of care for people experiencing long-term symptoms, their families and carers. This module explores the aetiology and impact of major long-term life limiting disease and focuses on the role of symptom management in improving the patient’s quality of life.
On completion of the module successful students will be able to suggest, initiate and vary treatment in response to individual needs. They will demonstrate sound knowledge of the literature relevant to symptom relief and supportive and palliative care in relation to the delivery of holistic, evidence based care to patients, their families and carers.
This module is validated by The Open University. The Regulations for validated awards of The Open University can be seen here.
- The opportunity to network with fellow students from a range of disciplines and specialties.
- Access to experts.
- Individuals will be able to challenge current practice and embed evidence based practice into their delivery of care.
- Greater job satisfaction which leads to a deeper commitment to service delivery and patient care.
- Opportunity to build to a Diploma in Higher Education or BSc (Honours) degree.
- Gaining academic credit for a named award. A number of credits is assigned to each module, which indicates the amount of learning undertaken, and the specified credit level indicates the relative depth of learning involved. Credit is a means of quantifying and recognising learning whenever and wherever it is achieved. Credit may also help you transfer to another programme either within Education for Health or at a different institution.
- Upon the completion of this module students should possess the qualities and knowledge to assist their further development as professionals.
The subjects covered include:
- Setting the scene
Professional, moral & ethical issues as they relate to end of life care
- Cardiorespiratory and nervous system
Understanding symptoms in major life-limiting long-term conditions – impact of co-morbidities
- Assessing and care planning
Assessing the impact of symptoms in major life-limiting long-term conditions and formulating a management plan
Holistic care and patient choice
- Management of symptoms
Maximising therapy (pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches)
- Organization of palliative care services
Evaluation of care and service delivery strategies
This is a Level 6 module, which carries 15 CATS (Credit Accumulation Transfer Scheme) points.
This is a four months eLearning course with one optional study day. It has a notional study time of 150 hours, which includes time to study learning materials, attend study days where relevant, and complete assessments.
This module is delivered by blended learning, with study days to support the online course. Please note that if low numbers of students book onto this module we may cancel study days at short notice. If this is the case, students already registered will be contacted by our Finance Team and can choose to continue with the course as distance only, or be refunded.
Our study days are optional, although we advise that you attend if you possibly can, as students tell us that they learn a lot from the face to face contact with their tutor and that networking with other students is particularly useful.
The location of study days is determined by the cohort you choose to join.
Students are assessed by written assignment.
Assignment: Students are required to submit a 3,000 word, fully referenced case study.
Criteria for a pass
The pass mark for the module is 40%. Reassessment is as per regulations in the Student Guide.
All applicants for The Open University validated modules must be registered or working within the UK. All applicants should have sufficient competency in the English Language to successfully study at Level 5/6.
All learning materials, teaching and assessment are conducted in the English language. Students will need to apply this to an academic environment.
It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they have sufficient proficiency in the English Language to undertake the module or programme to which they are registered.
If you plan to undertake one of our programmes, further entry requirements are required, please refer to our admissions policy.
Module lead Hannah Waterhouse can be contacted via Customer Support on firstname.lastname@example.org
We are committed to equality of opportunity. Our Disability Coordinator and Student Support Team provide advice and information and coordinate
arrangements for students. View our Support for Students with a Disability here.
Students have access to the eLearning materials for 18 months from the start date of their module.
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To arrange a module in your area for 20+ students, contact our NHS Partnerships team by emailing email@example.com and the NHS Partnerships Manager for your area will be in touch.