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Foundations in End of Life (EOLC)/Palliative Care for the inpatient setting (Distance Learning) (NR3184)

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This Module is specifically designed to meet the needs of health and social care professionals working in the hospital setting.

Using a distance-learning approach over 26 weeks, the module aims to extend their knowledge and skills in end of life and palliative care. The development of this course supports the strategic vision of the WAG palliative care strategy (WAG 2008; 2009) with its focus on the education of generalist practitioners.  It is anticipated that this will enhance knowledge and skills required to support patients with advanced cancer and other life-limiting/threatening illnesses and their families, and to help patients and families achieve the best possible care at the end of their lives.
The duration of the module is 26 weeks and will consist of one full contact day to set the scene for the course and explain e-learning and four study/contact half days which will be complemented by an accompanying e-learning facility/programme and DVD material. A final half study day will be the course assessment and evaluation day. Students will be able to benefit from both taught and work-based learning. The students will be supported in their learning by the module teaching team and a clinical facilitator (a seconded Clinical Nurse specialist (CNS) in palliative care working for the local University Health Board (UHB).

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 health and social care professionals to explore the physical, emotional, spiritual, cultural and social care of this group of patients and their families/friends. This will encourage the nurse and other health and social care professionals in collaboration with multi-agency providers, 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 health and social care professionals 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 all health and social care professionals that have contact with people with  life-limiting, life threatening illness and those who are bereaved provided they are can secure funding. Application should be discussed with the module leader and programme manager to ensure applicants have access to appropriate technology to facilitate the distance learning approach. Initially (2011-2012) the module will only be available to employees of Cardiff and Vale UHB, for whom this module has been developed.

Module Dates 2014-2015:

22 October 2014; 3 December; 7 January; 4 February; 25 March; 29 April


Multiple choice questions and a seen paper exam.


Eastgate House, 35-43 Newport Road, Cardiff CF24 0AB

Module Leader

Dr Sally Anstey

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