Supportive Care at the End of Life (SNM3227)

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 End of Life Care (SNM644)

Who is it for?

This unit is suitable for health care professionals in supporting patients and their families who are facing end of life.

Overview of content:

This course provides six study days and offers a mix of seminars and workshops to enable a critical exploration of current palliative and end of life care policy in the UK and international contexts.

Content includes an overview of the issues around advance care planning and choice in end of life care for patients and their families. There will be a particular focus on care delivery in different settings and as well as consideration of the end of life care issues for specific client groups, such as people with dementia or learning disability.

The course also includes an overview of the psychosocial and spiritual aspects of care, as well as issues of loss and bereavement and communication skills, as these are important features of palliative and end of life care for patients and carers. The course also offers an introduction to biography and life story work in the context of palliative and supportive care.

An overview of the Gold Standards Framework and Amber Care Bundles will underpin the principles of assessment and care delivery including symptom management. There will also be opportunities to reflect on practice particularly around the ethical challenges of supporting palliative and end of life care.

What is it about?

Participants will be able to reflect on issues around palliative and end of life care and the implications for individuals and their families. They will be able to evaluate the range of skills and strategies available to facilitate the well-being of the patient and family throughout the dying process and beyond.

How does it enhance practice?

Participants will be able to assess the needs of dying individuals and their carers and implement strategies to support them at the end of life.

Mode of Assessment:

4000 word evidence based assignment.

Links to Professional/Academic Award:

BMedSci (Hons) Health and Social Care Studies (Ongoing and Supportive Care)


20 credits at level 6 (degree)

Course Structure:

6 x taught study days, 1 every fortnight over 12 weeks. 

Start Date: This module is currently being restructured to reflect contemporary policy and practice and should be available in September 2018.

Attendance Dates: tbc

Application and Funding

To apply for this course, please select the "apply" link at the top right of this 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 School of Nursing and Midwifery will be based at Barber House, Glossop Road, Sheffield; opposite the Royal Hallamshire Hospital however teaching may take place across the University site. Please see here for a map below of the Central Campus.

Programme Leader/Contact Name:

Fiona Wilson

Tel: 0114 222 2085 Email: