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PA50232: Palliative care

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2015/6
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Modular (no specific semester)
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Medicines Optimisation Tool (CW 40% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • Summative Case-Based Discussion (CW 20% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • Reflection (CARE) (CW 10% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • Skills Development Project (CW 30% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To update pharmacists on the disease and patient monitoring factors that should be considered when prescribing for patients with palliative care needs.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this unit the student will be able to:
1. Explain the disease and patient monitoring factors in this therapeutic area (knowledge and understanding, professional practical skill).
2. Critically evaluate the evidence base for the management of patients in this therapeutic area (intellectual skill).
3. Assess the primary and secondary care roles for healthcare professionals/pharmacists in this therapeutic area (professional practical skill).
4. Reflect on their own practice in supporting patients in this area and identify areas for improvement (personal transferable skill).
5. Apply the knowledge gained in this unit to design enhancements to patient facing services and the patient experience (professional practical skill; intellectual skill; knowledge and understanding).


* Planning & organisation (Taught / Facilitated)
* Handling information (Taught / Facilitated /Assessed)
* Written and verbal communication (Taught / Facilitated /Assessed)
* Working with others (Taught / Facilitated)
* Scientific & practical skills (Taught / Facilitated /Assessed)
* Improving learning & performance (Taught / Facilitated /Assessed)
* Problem solving (Taught / Facilitated /Assessed).


* Unit Introduction
* Introduction to palliative care and symptom control
* Pain I
* Pain II
* Continuous Infusion Devices
* Nausea and Vomiting
* Gastrointestinal symptoms
* Care at the end of life
* Advanced symptom control.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PA50232 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
  • TSPA-ADT16 : Modular Programme in Advanced and Specialist Practice
  • TSPA-ADM16 : MSc Advanced and Specialist Healthcare Practice
  • TSPA-ADC16 : PG Cert Advanced and Specialist Healthcare Practice
  • TSPA-ADL16 : PG Dip Advanced and Specialist Healthcare Practice

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2015/16 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2016/17 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2015/16.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.