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End of Life Decision Making

Palliative and supportive care
Palliative and supportive care
Advanced Communication and Information in Supportive Care
Palliative and supportive care

Introduction

This module will enhance your decision making skills in end of life care so developing intellectual potential, critical reflection and clinical reasoning skills and improve ability to evaluate and enhance practice. The focus on the decision making needs of patients and other service users in end of life care settings will work towards promoting individualised compassionate patient-centred care. This is an evolving module which will reflect philosophical, political, ethical and legal developments and where you will be encouraged to evaluate practice alongside the latest guidance and theoretical frameworks. The module will facilitate the development of an in-depth critical approach to the evaluation of contemporary issues relevant to your practice. These will include the concepts of hope and spirituality, advance care planning, issues relating to dying and support for carers.

Who the module is aimed at 

Health Care professionals - for example Nurses, Physiotherapists, Doctors, Therapy Radiographers, Speech Therapists, Social Workers and Chaplains.

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

  • The module will enhance your decision making skills in end of life care so developing intellectual potential, critical reflection and clinical reasoning skills. This is aimed to improve your ability to evaluate and enhance practice.
  • The focus on the decision making needs of patients and other service users in end of life care settings will work towards promoting individualised compassionate patient-centred care in your own clinical setting and you will be encouraged to evaluate practice alongside the latest guidance and theoretical frameworks.

What you learn 

The overall aim of this module is to aid your professional development in end of life care by introducing and updating your knowledge and understanding of decision making in relation to principles and philosophies that influence practice. The emphasis of this module is on exploring current issues that face practitioners and you will be encouraged to evaluate current practice alongside ethical and theoretical frameworks.

General areas covered  

  • Principles of supportive, palliative and end of life care
  • Current policy & guidelines for practice relating to end of life
  • End of life decision-making including advance care planning, advanced decisions to refuse treatment, lasting power of attorney
  • Concepts of Hope, Compassion, Spirituality
  • Ethical theory and application to clinical practice

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 contemporary issues relevant to your practice.

Unique or interesting features

Via the online learning environment of Blackboard, you will be supplied with a wide range of online resources and materials covering the content of the module. This will include PowerPoint presentations, links to websites and articles and video clips of patient and carer experiences. It is an interactive module enabling you to engage with the tutors and other students, sharing ideas and learning from each other e.g. by the completion of formative tasks (e-tivities). The module leader will be available via discussion boards, email or telephone contact to respond to queries and offer support throughout the module.

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

  • a reliable internet connection
  • Microsoft Windows XP or newer (PCs) / OSX 10.6 or newer (Mac)
  • Internet Explorer version 8 or newer (PC), Safari 4.0 or newer (Mac) or the current version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox
  • Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 7 or newer

Fees and Funding for 2019/20

Indicative price for stand-alone module

Home / EU student: £1,335

International students: £1,335 - this is part-time study and therefore cannot provide sponsorship for Tier 4.

Funding

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 LBR/SSPRD online application form

  • Entry requirements

    • Relevant professional qualification
    • Relevant work experience
    • 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 delivery from week commencing 20th January 2020 with online induction taking place from week commencing 13th January 2020.  The module is normally delivered over a 12 week period.

    For distance learning modules 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:

    • Presentation
    • Written Report

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

Further details

For further information please contact the module leader Heather Drury-Smith - h.drury-smith@shu.ac.uk or contact the student experience team:

0114 225 2373
AlliedHealth@shu.ac.uk

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