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The online Postgraduate Certificate in Palliative Care is designed to develop your knowledge, skills and confidence to care for patients who have life limiting illnesses and their families.

The course is designed for a variety of registered adult healthcare professionals within primary and secondary care. It will contribute to and enhance your abilities to lead and drive clinically-effective care with patients with advanced disease.

You will develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of the issues within palliative care, examining the key legal, clinical, ethical and social issues, and how these translate into practice.

This distance learning course, which combines excellent resources and support from course leaders, allows you to combine both study and professional commitments. You have the option to study one module or a combination all three modules over one to five years.

We also offer a short online course in paediatric palliative care.

What you will study

Therapeutic Management of Life Limiting Illness in Palliative Care: Assessment and management of complex symptoms - 20 credits

The assessment and management of complex symptoms including pain, nausea and vomiting, anxiety, depression, fatigue and agitation will be explored and appropriate interventions critically discussed. Consideration through the module will be given to psychosocial issues, such as, anxiety and depression within patients who have a life limiting illness and the communication strategies used in relation to managing difficult symptoms.

Module leader: Maria Parry

Nature and Scope of Palliative Care: Specific issues pertinent to the delivery of effective palliative care - 20 credits

This will explore issues pertaining to palliative care via case studies and a narrative approach. These can include euthanasia, the right to die, and the use of advanced directives while considering the issue of capacity and choice.

Module leader: Maria Parry

End of Life Care: Role of the professional in the care of an individual at the end of life, including perspectives from the individual and family - 20 credits

You will critically explore the role of the professional in the care of an individual at the end of their life. It will include exploring the impact of death and dying from a holistic perspective on the individual and family. The themes of loss, grief and bereavement will be central within this module. Professional, legal and ethical issues related to death and dying will also be considered through the module.

Module leader: Clare Churcher

Teaching

This flexible modular programme allows you to complete to your own schedule. Plus, you can transfer the credits gained towards the MSc in Professional Practice.

Each module will have a number of contact days. During these contact days, discussion and support with the modules can be provided in various means such as telephone, e-mail or face to face if location allows.

However, the teaching team are available for support outside these contact days should you require it. Discussion forums are encouraged to link in with your fellow students wherever in the world they may be.

You will learn through:

  • Self-directed distance learning
  • Online learning environment with discussion forums
  • Contact days with your lecturer
  • Independent learning

Assessment

Assessment involves written assignments and achievement of clinical competencies. You will receive key learning materials and be supported throughout the course by the module team and your contact with other students.

The Therapeutic Management of Life Limiting Illness

  • Two 3,000 word essays

Nature and Scope of Palliative Care

  • Two 3,000 word essays

End of life care

  • One 6,000 word essay

Careers

The Postgraduate Certificate Palliative Care course will enable students to demonstrate clear evidence of ongoing professional development in line with national strategic plans.


Visit the PGCert Palliative Care (Distance Learning) page on the University of South Wales website for more details!

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