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Foundation in Palliative and End of Life Care for District and Community Nurses (Distance Learning)  (NR3159)

Module Code: 







The Module is specific to community and district nurses. Welsh Assembly funding (NLIAH) is available for those community and district nurses working in primary care, for whom this 26 week module has been specifically designed.

Using a distance-learning approach, the module aims to extend their knowledge and skills in end of life and palliative care. This will provide a rich environment for shared learning as well as mirroring the philosophy of the document: Designed for Life: Creating world class Health and Social Care for Wales in the 21st Century (W.A.G. 2005). It is anticipated that this will enhance knowledge and skills required to support patients with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses and their families, and to help patients to stay at home for as long as possible during their illness and die there if they wish where circumstances permit.

The module provides an opportunity to debate current knowledge and evidence-based practice. This will assist in the appropriate decision-making regarding the seamless journey taken by the individual suffering all life-threatening/progressive conditions, enabling nurses to explore the physical, emotional, spiritual and social care of this group of patients and their families/friends. This will encourage the nurse in collaboration with the multi-agencies, to support an individualised care pathway focussing on holistic issues associated with palliative and end of life care.

The development of the module is in response to the current professional and political agendas which demand that all nurses are made aware of, and educated to provide the best possible care for people at the end of their lives.

The module is available to other health care professionals provided they are able to meet the learning outcomes and can secure funding. Application must be discussed with the module leader and programme manager.


The duration of the module is 26 weeks and will consist of six study days which will be complemented by an accompanying e-learning facility/programme. Students will be able to benefit from both taught and work-based learning.

Module Dates 2013-2014:

1 April;  13 May; 10 June; 22 July; 9 Sept; 7 October

Module Dates 2014-2015:

17 September 2014; 15 October; 12 November; 10 December; 21 January 2015; 4 March


Multiple choice questions and a seen paper exam


Taught days at Eastgate House, Newport Road, Cardiff

Module Leader

Dr Sally Anstey

Position:Lecturer: Adult Nursing
Ms Sally Anstey
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2091 7718Extension: 7718