Palliative and Supportive Care

Course code SNM3267
20 credits at level 6 (degree)


This page has details of this module at Degree Level. If you would like to study this topic at Masters Level, please see Palliative and Supportive Care (SNM681)

"It is estimated that each death potentially affects the lives of an average five other people in terms of caregiving and grieving; currently about 290 million people worldwide are affected each year by death and dying and this number will increase sharply in the near future...  Death and dying will become a major issue for the health of populations".  Cohen & Deliens (2012, p.8)

Who is it for?

This unit will be of value to health care professionals involved in supporting service users and families living with a life limiting condition across a range of different client groups including for example, frail older people and people with dementia as well as people with cancer.

What is it about?

Participants will be encouraged to draw upon their own practice in order to develop critical understanding of palliative and supportive care.

Participants will:

  • Critically explore the concepts of palliative and supportive care and dying in the context of frailty and long-term conditions
  • Critically explore the cultural, historical and economic background to palliative and supportive care and what this means for current policy and practice
  • Consider the relational aspects of palliative and supportive care for service users and their caregivers
  • Critically explore the knowledge, skills and professional practice underpinning the practice and experience of palliative and supportive care

How does it enhance practice

Module structure is informed by the Palliative Care Competence Framework (All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care, 2014) and is underpinned by the philosophy of relationship centred care.  Participants will develop the skills of critical thinking to evaluate current evidence, policy and practice and will explore core principles of palliative care including communication, relationship centred care, professional and ethical practice, advance care planning and loss and bereavement.

Mode of assessment

Students will undertake formative project work in developing an aspect of a professional guideline around palliative and supportive care.  This work will contribute to a 4000 word evidence based assessment on a critical review of an aspect of supportive and palliative care.

Links to academic award

BMedSci Health and Social Care

Course structure

Start date:  TBC

Attendance dates: TBC

Application and Funding

To apply for this course, please visit our how to apply page. For information on funding options please see here.

If successful in your application for the course you will receive a confirmation email with the exact details of the location of teaching, closer to the start date.

The Division of Nursing and Midwifery (Health Sciences School) will be based at Barber House, Glossop Road, Sheffield; opposite the Royal Hallamshire Hospital however teaching may take place across the University site. 

Programme Leader/Contact Name

Fiona Wilson

Tel: +44 114 222 2085