End of Life Care PgCert

This course has been developed in partnership with the University of Huddersfield. It is aimed at professionals who work in the field or have a particular interest in palliative and end of life care, as well as those working with individuals living with life limiting illnesses.

The course provides you with the opportunity to consolidate and enhance your knowledge and understanding of effective palliative/end of life care. Learning will be focussed towards enhancing your knowledge, skills and the essential attributes required to drive high quality care for the individual with palliative care needs, whilst encompassing the care and support of families and loved ones in a variety of health and social care settings.

Throughout your studies emphasis will be placed on the holistic assessment of the individual and the development of management plans from which optimum end of life care can be delivered. Legal and ethical requirements will also be examined within the context of end of life care and their implications for practice.


Entry Requirements

You must be a health or social care practitioner, registered with a professional body such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) with at least 12 months post-registration employment.

Have an honours degree at 2:2 or above, have studied at honours level or can demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills at honours degree standard. We will consider other qualifications and experience on an individual case basis.


Teaching and Assessment

This course has been developed in partnership with Kirkwood hospice therefore you will be taught by academics and palliative care leads who are experts in the field. A student centred approach utilising shared experiences, reflection and critical appraisal will be encouraged. Varying blended teaching and learning strategies will be utilised including lectures, tutorials, group discussion and computer-assisted learning.

You will be assessed by a presentation and a written assignment. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.


Apply or Find Out More

For more information about this part time course, visit the University of Huddersfield's course page by clicking here.

"Palliative and end of life care is increasingly at the centre of all health and social care policy. Kirkwood Hospice in collaboration with the University of Huddersfield is committed to ensuring that palliative and end of life care education is available for all health and social care professionals, facilitating the transfer of policy into practice for the benefit of the patients who are cared for."  Sarah Shaw, Director of Clinical Services at Kirkwood Hospice

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