- This programme will meet both the requirements of benchmarks within palliative care and the requirements of the FHEQ
- Develop critical thinking, analysis and appraisal skills to enable you to critically evaluate current palliative care provision and consider how this may be enhanced
- Be able to make a real difference to the lives of the communities you serve, both to patients and their families
- Enhance your knowledge and understanding of advanced skills and therapeutic interventions required within the context of inter-professional working in the provision of palliative care.
For all professionals working within supportive palliative care, whether within health, social, voluntary or pastoral care, there is the opportunity to make a positive difference to the experience of people who are living with a palliative diagnosis and to their families. This opportunity brings with it the responsibility to be appropriately equipped with the range of skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviours that are needed to be able to support, care for and treat people at this vulnerable time of their lives.
The programme is aimed at providing inter-professional learning in the specialist area of palliative and end of life care to enable students to make a real difference to the lives of the communities they serve in their practice.
The palliative care PG Certificate will provide you with the specialist knowledge and skills to underpin the advancement of practice within palliative and end of life care.
This programme has been developed in response to both national and local drivers to enable NHS Trusts and other employing organisations to develop a workforce that can deliver effective care.
Key overarching strategies reflecting palliative and end of life care priorities are utilised throughout this programme. A wide range of inspiring and innovative teaching and learning approaches will be used to stimulate greater understanding and knowledge in the student group, by supporting their development when applied to real life situations and complex practice-based scenarios.
Video commissioned by Southern Derbyshire CCG in collaboration with the members for the Derbyshire Alliance for end of life care.
This award provides the flexibility to best meet the student’s needs.
The PG Certificate includes the core 40 credit module ‘Supportive Palliative Care Across the Lifespan’. In addition to this, students can then chose one of the two ‘Communication skills modules’ or the ‘Symptom Management within palliative & end of life care’ module.
Students can undertake either “Advancing Communication Skills” for those with less experience, or “Advanced Communication” for those wishing to further develop their already well established and honed skills in communication.
|PG Cert. recommended route||Credits||Semester|
|Supportive Palliative Care Across the Lifespan
|Advancing Communication Skills (online)/Advanced Communication (face to face)
||Autumn and Spring
|Symptom Management within Palliative & End of Life Care
A variety of study options are available, including the innovative development of 2-3 day course attendance, with experiential, filmed role play, as proposed within the Advanced Communication module.
Each student is allocated a personal tutor who will work with the student to achieve a successful outcome to the programme of study. The personal tutor will act as the point of contact with the University and as an advisor for all matters which the student wishes to raise.
Students will work in action learning sets to develop their understanding and skills in relation to leading a service. They will also be encouraged to develop presentation skills, utilise reflective models to analyse their practice and engage in professional discussions in the classroom relating to problem solving and examining palliative care case scenarios.
During the programme, students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of inter-professional teaching and learning activities. These will occur throughout the programme of study and actively encourage students to value working within an inter-professional framework and recognise the benefits that this approach provides for service users.
How you're assessed
The emphasis of this PG Cert in Palliative Care is for students to produce assessed work that will be topical, innovative and current to reflect their working practices within palliative and end of life care. Assessments have been designed to be flexible and innovative, facilitating inter-professional learning and allowing students to produce work relevant to their own workplace.
The overall purpose of the assessments is to aim to changing practice in the workplace setting, by developing skills within palliative care that impact on improving patients’ outcomes.
Students will be involved throughout in supporting their peers and facilitating the assessment process. Within the module, ‘Advanced Communication’, students will participate in a filmed role play and subsequently critique their performance, in order to recognise strengths and areas for improvement, which in turn will enhance their effectiveness in practice.
Critical incident analysis will be required within the ‘Symptom Management’ module, requiring students to produce a written assignment based on an actual case in practice. The student will be expected to identify best practice in palliative care symptom management and critique their approach to care.
2018/19 Fees (August 2018 - July 2019)
£900 per 20 credits*
*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.
|Postgraduate Certificate||60 Credits|
|Postgraduate Diploma||120 Credits|
|MA or MSc||180 Credits|
This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.
Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.
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You may be already employed in a health, voluntary, pastoral or social care setting however, the knowledge and skills gained from this programme may enable you to further develop your career, for example, by moving into more advanced palliative care practice roles, appropriate to this award of PG Cert in Palliative Care.
Progression from the PG Certificate through to diploma and full Masters degree will be encouraged and supported by the academic team, focussing specifically on palliative care, or alternatively accessing other modules, should your career aspirations change. This PG Certificate therefore allows the opportunity for routes through the MSc Advanced Practice, and for those working outside of advanced practice the route through MSc Heath and Social Care Studies.
Successful completion of the programme may also equip you with the capacity to progress to a Doctorate level of study.
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Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.