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NMM322 Core Skills in Supportive and End of Life Care CPD

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Delivery of this module will be online due to government-issued guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic and may be made available face-to-face subject to Public Health England recommendations. Please submit your application and, once reviewed by the module leader, you will receive more specific information about the online delivery of your module and assessments.

Course overview

Providing supportive and palliative care at the end of life is a challenge in many health and social care settings. The role of the hospital is significant due to the number of deaths occurring there annually and up to a third of inpatients admitted at any given time are likely to die within one calendar year of their admission (Clark et al 2014). Mortality rises sharply with age, gender and medical speciality (as compared with surgery).

This module focuses on patients in the last year/s of life including those living with advanced disease, who have end of life or palliative care needs and who may be in hospital, hospice, community health or social care settings.


Your studies will prepare you to synthesise knowledge and understanding of concepts and principles that underpin supportive and palliative care practice and symptom management in relation to the care of patients with advanced progressive disease in your own area of practice (e.g. dementia, cardiac, renal, cancer, neurological disorders). The module encourages you to consider your own responses to advanced, life-limiting and palliative care, to help you develop the self-awareness and self-care attributes that will support your care of others and development in this area of practice.

The module focuses on the recognition and treatment approaches to physical, psychological, spiritual and social needs of people with advanced disease and those significant to them. It is aimed at qualified healthcare professionals who wish to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in caring for people with supportive and palliative care needs across all health and social care settings. You will be encouraged to appraise relevant literature and policy in justifying your own approach to advanced disease, end of life care and management of symptoms.

Module dates

Term 1

Oct: Thursday 1, 15 and 29 October 2020
Nov: Thursday 12 November 2020

Term 3

May: Thursday 6 and 20 May 2021
Jun: Thursday 3 and 17 June 2021



English requirements

For those students whose first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:

  • IELTS: 7.0