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Advanced Communication in Supportive Care

Advanced Communication in Supportive Care

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This module has been developed to enhance role development for practitioners working in a health or social care role, in a range of sectors. This module is designed to aid the reflective practitioner to develop their advanced communication skills in practice.  In particular, it focuses on using advanced communication skills to 'counsel'/help a patient, using a patient/client-centred approach

Who the course is aimed at

The module is aimed at a wide range of health and social care practitioners where4 advanced communication plays a vital role in the support and care of their patients/clients/service users. The module aims to develop knowledge and self-awareness of advanced communication and counselling theory, as well as facilitate the ongoing development of advanced communication skills, when supporting patients/clients and helping them to manage difficult experiences and emotions.

Benefits of taking the course to the individual, the organisation and the patient

The module will foster greater self-awareness of the health and social care professional/patient/client relationship and understanding of the role of advanced communication skills in managing the unique problems faced by people living and coping with challenging situations and/or emotions.  For example; the impact of cancer or other chronic illnesses and/or the effects of treatment.

What you learn

This module aims to provide practitioners working in health and social care settings with a structured programme of study that will facilitate critical reflection on the application of advanced communication skills and develop insight into present and future practice.

General areas covered

  • Theories of communication and advanced communication skills
  • Client assessment
  • Responding to challenging situations and sharing significant information
  • Boundaries and ethics of therapeutic relationships

Skills gained for the workplace, technical skills or academic skills

Students will be able to focus on aspects of advanced communication specifically related to their field of practice.  The content of the module will also focus on the specific communication skills and approaches that may be utilised in practice, applied to given scenarios. The diversity of health and social care professionals who access the module, complement the learning experience. Students will be encouraged to routinely reflect on the work undertaken throughout the module and to document these reflections as part of their professional development process to evidence learning and development.  This will also inform the final assessment.

Unique or interesting features

You will have regular online opportunities to discuss and share practice and ideas with others on the module and gain feedback from your tutor.

Professional recognition

Accredited by Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR).

To Study this distance learning module you will require access to a computer with:

  • a reliable internet connection
  • Microsoft or Apple Mac Supported Office Software
  • the current version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox

Fees and Funding for 2023/24

Indicative price for stand-alone module

Home / EU student: £1,655

International students: £1,655 - this is part-time study and therefore cannot provide sponsorship for Tier 4.

How to apply

To apply for a self-funded place, please complete and return the application form below:

To apply for a Workforce Development / Workforce Transformation funding WDF/WTF funded place, please complete and return the relevant application form below:

Further information and Workforce Development Funding / CPD Funding online application form

  • Entry requirements

    • Relevant professional qualification
    • Relevant work experience
    • Relevant workplace opportunities and organisational support
    • Reliable internet connection
    • If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill area

    The above must be evidenced in your application form


  • Attendance

    Delivery Method:

    This module is delivered via distance learning

    View our statement on notional study hours »

    Provisional timetable

    Module sites open for induction Monday 15th Jan 2024

    Module starts Mon 22nd Jan 2024

    Submission Date Thurs 19th April 2024

    View our statement on timetable changes »

  • Assessment

    Module assessment is made up of one or more assessment tasks. The assessment task(s) for this module are:

    • Assessment Package
    • Critical Reflection

    Successful completion of this module will earn you 30 level 7 credits

Further details

For further information please contact the module leader Cath Holborn - or contact the student experience team:

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