Palliative and End of Life Care (SNM644)

This page has details of this module at Masters Level. If you wish to study this topic at degree level, please see Supportive Care at the End of Life (SNM3227)

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?

This unit will enable participants to critically examine the evidence base underpinning palliative and end of life care. Through reflection on clinical practice in their own area they will be enabled to identify how personal knowledge and skills can be developed to enhance the delivery of palliative and end of life care.

How does it enhance practice?

Participants will be able to identify how the delivery of palliative and end of life care in their clinical setting can be enhanced and be able to support the patient and family more effectively.

Mode of assessment

3000 word evidence based assignment

Links to academic award

PGCert in Long Term Conditions

MMedSci in Advancing Practice


15 credits at level 7 (masters)

Course Structure

6 x taught study days, 1 per 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 of the Central Campus.

Programme Leader/Contact Name:

Fiona Wilson

Tel: 0114 222 2085 Email: