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Palliative Approaches to Symptom Assessment and Management in Advanced Illness 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.

This interdisciplinary module focuses on the key concepts relevant to the assessment, management, and treatment of symptoms in advanced illness. It will review the aetiology, mechanism, assessment and treatment of common and difficult symptoms using a palliative care approach

Course overview

This interdisciplinary module is designed for healthcare professionals who want to develop specialist knowledge and skills in providing assessment and management of symptoms caused by malignant and non-malignant conditions encountered in the palliative care of adults. It focuses on the key concepts relevant to the assessment, management,and treatment of common and difficult symptoms  in advanced illness

It will enable you to further develop your knowledge and skills in assessing, diagnosing, planning, implementing and evaluating evidence based interventions and new therapies relevant to your own area of practice.

It reflects the interdisciplinary nature of palliative care, and therefore, learning will be facilitated by an interdisciplinary teaching team with extensive specialist clinical experience in hospital, community, and hospice settings.

Module dates

Term 2

FEB: Thursday 11 and 25 February 2021
MAR: Thursday 11 and 25 March 2021

Course outcomes

Course outcomes

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Critique and synthesise evidence-based knowledge in relation to the pathophysiology of end-of -life disease processes
  • Evaluate the evidence base for  managing symptoms using a palliative care approach
  • Critically analyse the use of evidence-based tools and theories of symptom management
  • Critically evaluate the evidence of effectiveness of pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions to guide practice, enhance clinical decisions and manage symptoms effectively
  • Conduct a thorough assessment of distressing symptoms in advanced illness using a palliative care approach
  • Actively contribute to the interdisciplinary team’s clinical decision-making regarding the choice of evidence-based interventions to manage symptoms effectively
  • Champion person-centred care, tailored to meet the needs of patients and their families/carers, integrating physiological, psychosocial and spiritual factors in the assessment and management of distressing symptoms



English requirements

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

  • IELTS: 7.0



Themodule will be delivered online using synchronous (you and the lecturer online at the same time to interact in real time) and asynchronous (you and the lecturer not online at the same time) activities.

Synchronous activities will take place over 4 study days.


The assessment comprises a 3,000-word case study which reflects the assessment and management of symptoms using a palliative care approach.


The pass mark for this assessment is 50% and completion of the assessment is worth 15 credits towards MSc, postgraduate diploma, or postgraduate certificate in a relevant field.

Recommended reading

Recommended reading

A suggested reading list will be provided either in advance or during the module.