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Studying this award will provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills in the principles and practice of holistic palliative/end of life care and you will have the opportunity to critically analyse local and national influences on care and their implications for service delivery.

Undertaking each of the modules within this course will allow you the opportunity to cover a variety of skills important for your development as a qualified health and/or social care individual, in a way which helps you to bring together theory and practice. As a graduate nurse you will reflect a knowledgeable and enterprising approach to health and social care and adopt a critical, analytical and imaginative approach to your practice.

This Masters Programme will equip you, as a health and social care professional, with the necessary skills and knowledge required to ensure the highest possible standards of palliative/end of life care are provided to people with a life limiting progressive illness, including those with a malignant or non-malignant disease.

This Masters Programme also aims to enable practitioners to demonstrate expertise and advanced skills in the management of a case-load and/or healthcare staff in the support of people with a life limiting illness requiring palliative/end of life care.

Why Wolverhampton?

This course aims to meet professional development needs in both the health and social care sectors relating to the provision of palliative and end of life care.

  • There will be opportunities for inter-disciplinary learning; inter-disciplinary working is vital to employment within the increasingly integrated health & social care arena.
  • A friendly, helpful and student-focused team of academic and administrative staff.
  • The programme is delivered by subject specialists who are involved in significant education and advisory roles within health and social care locally, regionally and nationally, and who participate in national communities of practice, developing and sharing expertise across the UK.

Links and knowledge from local, national and international research initiatives undertaken in the Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing and the wider University research institutions.

Career path

This Award is aimed at supporting opportunities for health and social care professionals to function with confidence in contemporary healthcare. Palliative/end of life care is about working across existing boundaries, moving into a new area of professional care, and consolidating new roles for a range of health and social care professionals who are involved in supporting people with progressive and incurable diseases. This award has been developed to address amongst other things, the End of Life Care Strategy (DoH 2008) which indicates that palliative and end of life care should be available to all individuals, irrespective of diagnosis.

In line with the National Service Framework for Long Term Conditions (DoH 2005), the award has been specifically designed to equip health and social care professionals with the necessary knowledge and skills to constructively challenge, inform and lead the development of health and social care provision for people with a life limiting, progressive and incurable illness.

What skills will you gain?

At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:

  1. Develop a range of advanced communication skills to enable practitioners to communicate effectively with patients, colleagues and other members of the multi-professional team
  2. Demonstrate a range of transferable academic, professional and skills appropriate to a career in palliative and end of life care
  3. Develop advanced level skills in the critical appraisal of research and design, implement and evaluate a substantial piece of academic, or evidence based practice research with a palliative and end of life care setting
  4. Develop advanced level skills in the critical appraisal of research and design, implement and evaluate a substantial piece of academic, or evidence based practice research with a palliative and end of life care setting
  5. Demonstrate critically the ethical and philosophical principles of providing care to an individuals (and their significant others) with a life limiting progressive illness

Visit the Palliative and End of Life Care - MSc page on the University of Wolverhampton website for more details!

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