Collaborative Working in Symptom Management

Collaborative Working in Symptom Management

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This module will allow you to develop a holistic approach to the multi-disciplinary management of complex symptoms when working with clients requiring palliative and/or supportive care. The philosophy of the module is to focus on the patient’s narrative of individual needs, the quality of their life and the management of symptoms in a way that is appropriate to them at a specific time, so enhancing clinical practice. A collaborative approach to care is advocated. The module reflects the End of Life Care competency of Symptom Management - maintaining comfort and wellbeing at the end of life.

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. e.g. Nurses, Physiotherapists, Doctors, Therapy Radiographers, Speech Therapists, Social Workers, Chaplains.

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

This module allows you to further develop a collaborative approach to the management of complex symptoms whilst also critically evaluating the role of the multi disciplinary team in this context

What you learn

The module aims to develop a culture of collaborative multi-disciplinary working in the holistic management of complex symptoms. The philosophy of the module will be to focus on the patient’s narrative of individual needs, the quality of their life and the management of symptoms in a way that is appropriate to them at a specific time.

The module focuses on the critique of effective ‘team’ working with the patient and carer highlighted as key members of this team.  

General areas covered

  • Concepts of holistic care 
  • Collaborative working within the wider Multi-Disciplinary Team
  • Team building theory
  • Patient Assessment and the principles of symptom management

Skills gained for the workplace, technical skills or academic skills

The module will facilitate the development of an in-depth critical approach to the evaluation of complex symptoms relevant to your practice and foster the development of collaborative working.

Unique or interesting features

You will have regular online opportunities to discuss and share practice and ideas with others on the module.

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 student: £1,655

EU / 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 the applicants 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 18th September 2023

    Module starts Monday 25th September 2023

    End/submission date Thurs 21st Dec 2023

    View our statement on timetable changes »

  • Assessment

    Module assessment is made up of a single assessment task. The assessment task for this module is:

    • Written Assignment

    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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