HS7204: End of Life Care

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HS7204: End of Life Care

Module Title End of Life Care
Module Code HS7204
Module Tutor Simon Chippendale
School School of Health & Social Care
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 7
Brief Description

The module will enable practitioners to:

  • Understand the key national and local drivers for improving care for patients at the End of Life and their Families
  • Enhance their understanding of the principals and practice of end of life care
  • Identify and support people at the end of life and their families/carers
  • Initiate and follow through advance care planning discussions with people at the end of life with regard to their care, accessing resources, coordinate, plan and evaluate care
  • Develop their communication, assessment and symptom management knowledge and skills
  • Lead and support complex care of people at the end of life with ethical decision making
Indicative Syllabus

This module supports practitioners in the delivery of the End-of-life strategy to lead the assessment, planning, support and review of patients preferences for care. It introduces practitioners and debates the value of supportive frameworks and tools e.g. Gold standards framework, Principles of End of Life pathways, Advanced Care Planning.
The module enables students to explore the evidence base underpinning practice with respect to: Symptom management of common symptoms presenting at the end of life; Psychosocial Care Spiritual care; Support for carers and families; Information for patients and carers; diagnosing dying; and Care after death.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to demonstrate achievement of the following learning outcomes:

  1. Critically analyse the impact of national strategies for end-of-life care on local services and care of people at end of life and role model principles in practice to enhance quality of care.
  2. Critically analyse and apply the evidence base for management of common symptoms at the end of life within their practice
  3. Critically discuss the provision of psychosocial and spiritual care at the end of life
  4. Critically discuss the needs of families and carers during the period where a client is approaching the end of life
  5. Synthesise effective communication strategies that enable challenging conversations surrounding end of life care
  6. Critically evaluate and lead the provision of multi-professional care at the end of life
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 20
Independent Learning Hours: 130
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 4000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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