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Advanced Communication in Supportive Care

Advanced Communication and Information in Supportive Care
Advanced Communication and Information in Supportive Care
Advanced Communication and Information in Supportive Care
Advanced Communication and Information in Supportive Care


This module has been developed to enhance role development for health care professionals in the area of patient communication. Recent policy has advocated that staff working in cancer and palliative care settings should be committed to developing advanced communication skills and access specific accredited training (NHS Cancer Action Team, 2006). This module is designed to aid the reflective practitioner to develop their advanced communication skills in practice.

Who the course is aimed at

The module is aimed at a wide range of practitioners in the field of oncology, palliative and end of life care. The module aims to facilitate the development of practitioners working in supportive and palliative care in their utilisation of advanced communication skills.

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

The module will foster greater self-awareness of the health care professional/patient relationship and understanding of the role of advanced communication skills in managing the unique problems faced by people living with cancer and other chronic illnesses.

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

The content of the module is such that students will be able to focus on a particular aspect of advanced communication to study in-depth. The diversity of health 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.

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 2021/22

Indicative price for stand-alone module

Home / EU student: £1,415

International students: £1,415 - this is part-time study and therefore cannot provide sponsorship for Tier 4.


This module attracts Learning Beyond Registration/Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (LBR/SSPRD) funding by the following schemes:

How to apply

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

To apply for a Learning Beyond Registration/Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (LBR/SSPRD) 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

    This module is planned to commence in January 2022. The module is delivered over a 12 week period.

    This module is delivered via distance learning. Attendance at the university is not required but engagement with online activity is expected.

    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:

    • Case Study
    • Critical Review

    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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