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Palliative and End of Life Care PgCert / PgDip/ MSc

Overview

This course has been designed to enable health and social care professionals to enhance care provided to patients and families facing physical, psychosocial and spiritual issues associated with life-limiting illness.

It is based on the core competencies in palliative care identified by the European Association for Palliative Care. It is also congruent with core competences and principles for health and social care professionals working with adults at the end of life and aligns with DH and HEE priorities for workforce development in palliative and end of life care. It reflects the multi-professional nature of palliative care and health and social care professionals are given the opportunity to learn together; therefore, student learning is facilitated by a multi-professional teaching team using a Blended Learning Approach with a particular emphasis on linking theory to practice.

The course offers flexibility where students can choose to undertake the course on full time or part time basis. In addition, the course offers a choice of module from the CPPD portfolio to suits student’s personal and professional needs.

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
PgCert full-time
Duration
1 year
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
MSc full-time
Duration
3 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
PgDip full-time
Duration
1 year
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
PgDip part-time
Duration
2 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
MSc part-time
Duration
3 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Modules

Some compulsory skills sessions may take place in the evening.

Year 1

  • Palliative approaches to pain and symptom management
    This module focuses on key principles in relation to assessment, management and treatment of pain and other symptoms using a palliative care approach. It reviews the aetiology, mechanism, assessment and treatment of common and difficult symptoms in palliative care. It develops knowledge and skills in assessing, diagnosing, planning, implementing and evaluating evidence based interventions related to pain and symptom management.
  • Psychosocial, ethical and spiritual aspects of palliative care practice
    This module focuses on developing an in-depth understanding of the psychosocial, ethical and spiritual issues encountered by patients with life-limiting illness and their families/carers. By undertaking this module, you'll have the opportunity to explore areas related to Psychosocial distress and therapeutic responses; spiritual care; cultural competence; ethical and legal dilemmas; communication skills; grief, loss, and bereavement, and professional burnout relevant to palliative care practice.
  • End of life care: Dementia and other non-malignant conditions
    This module will examine the ways in which the scope of palliative care can be extended to improve the quality of life and death of people with dementia and other non-malignant diseases. Traditional and innovative interventions will be considered, including non-pharmacological approaches to managing behavioural, psychological and physical symptoms.

Year 2

  • Innovation for excellence - Leading service change
    This module explores key factors which together enable professionals to begin to critically reflect upon their current service and to design and implement innovations and changes in health and social care services. You'll be able to explore theories and models of leadership and contemporary healthcare leadership models to develop understanding of the role of leadership in delivering a high quality service. You'll critically reflect upon your own strengths and areas for development in relation to leading and inspiring colleagues and team members, and be introduced to the concepts of evaluating innovations.
  • Research in health and social care
    The purpose of this module is to consolidate and extend knowledge of research approaches and methods and enhance the ability to be a critical user of research evidence. The module examines philosophical and theoretical perspectives underpinning health and social care research approaches including exploration of research design and key aspects of data gathering and interpretation of both qualitative and quantitative analyses. The module will develop practical skills for identifying, critical reviewing and synthesising research evidence relevant to professional practice.

A choice of level 7 modules from the CPPD prospectus relevant to the overarching award title.

Year 3

  • Dissertation
    This module provides the opportunity to undertake original enquiry in a chosen area of professional practice. Through the preparatory learning set you'll be able to consolidate and extend your knowledge and understanding of research and evaluation design and associated methods of enquiry. You'll be supported to develop the practical skills necessary to plan and carry out your chosen project. The preparatory learning set will address ethical and governance issues and processes relevant to the project.

The course utilises a variety of assessment strategies that have been designed to reflect the interdisciplinary nature of palliative care practice and to respond to the learning needs of students from different clinical backgrounds; in addition, ensuring that all the learning outcomes are met.

The postgraduate certificate in Palliative and End of Life Care comprises a range of assessment methods including; problem based case-scenario multiple choice question exam, case study assignment and oral presentation.

The postgraduate diploma in Palliative and End of Life Care comprises a research methods module, which is assessed by a research critique, enabling students to develop practical skills for identifying, critically reviewing and synthesising research evidence relevant to palliative care practice.

The MSc Palliative and End of Life Care comprises of a dissertation module, enabling students to consolidate and extend their understanding of research and evaluation design or of systematic literature review.

Employability

Possessing a broad and deep understanding of the theory and skills required to provide high quality palliative and end of life care, participants will be well positioned to assume advanced clinical, education and leadership roles in a variety of clinical settings nationally and internationally.

Employability Service

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At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Placements

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Teaching and learning

A Blended Learning Approach approach is used, meaning student learning is facilitated through a combination of face to face teaching and delivery of content via digital and online media. It allows for a greater variety and flexibility than a traditional classroom set up and responds to the learning needs of modern learners. For example, a classroom lecture may be accompanied by online discussion forums or other online activities where students have the opportunity to interact and share experiences and knowledge with some element of student control over time, place and space.

Students will be supported to develop their academic skills and be able to work at level 7. This will be facilitated through tutorials, workshops and feedback from formative assessments. Skills for learning team will provide a workshop at the beginning of each semester on critical thinking, academic writing and use of grammar. Students can access additional support through the student centre as needed. The module leader and teaching team will provide tutorials on assessments and review draft work of students as needed. Assessment feedback will also provide guidance that will assist further academic development.

Each student will be assigned a named academic contact as a personal tutor who will be selected from the course team. The personal tutors will provide academic guidance and pastoral support across the programme of study and review wider academic progress. Formal meeting will be scheduled once every academic year to facilitate progress, review and provide academic feedback. Additional meetings can be arranged as required.

Entry requirements

In order to be considered for entry to the course applicants will be required to have the following qualifications and experience:

  • A degree in nursing, medicine or dentistry, or a degree in life sciences or social sciences with a classification of 2:2 or above from a UK or an overseas university. However, applicants with significant clinical experience at a senior level with evidence of a minimum 80 undergraduate degree level credits (at least 15 credits of which has been completed within the past 2 years) will also be considered
  • Applicants must be registered with a recognised professional body as appropriate
  • Full-time and international applicants must demonstrate that they have had at least 6 months work experience in a relevant setting prior to their enrolment on the course.
  • For students whose first language is not English, one of the following is also required:
    A first degree from a UK university or an overseas institution recognised by the university as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language; for example, institutions in Canada, Australia, USA, etc.
    Or Possession of IELTS score of at least 6.5 across all four domains or its equivalent for students whose first language is not English
  • It is desirable that applicants are employed within an appropriate health or social care environment during their study, with access to appropriate clinical support and supervision for the development of knowledge and skills at an advanced level.

How to apply

International students

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
PgCert full-time
Duration
1 year
Start date
September
Application code
4875
Application method
Mode
MSc full-time
Duration
3 years
Start date
September
Application code
4874
Application method
Mode
PgDip full-time
Duration
1 year
Start date
September
Application code
5182
Application method
Mode
PgDip part-time
Duration
2 years
Start date
September
Application code
5183
Application method
Mode
MSc part-time
Duration
3 years
Start date
September
Application code
5184
Application method

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £3555International fee: £4375
AOS/LSBU code: 4875Session code: 1FS00
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £2898International fee: £4375
AOS/LSBU code: 4877Session code: 1FS00
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £7110International fee: £8750
AOS/LSBU code: 4874Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £10008
International £13125
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £3555International fee: £4375
AOS/LSBU code: 4876Session code: 1FS00
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £7110International fee: £8750
AOS/LSBU code: 5182Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £7110
International £8750
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £3555International fee: £4375
AOS/LSBU code: 5183Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £7110
International £8750
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £3555International fee: £4375
AOS/LSBU code: 5184Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £10008
International £13125

Speak with your employer/Trust regarding professional development funding that may be available to you.

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