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PA500392: Palliative care

[Page last updated: 03 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Credits: 15 CATS credits
Notional Study Hours: 150
Level: FHEQ level 7
Modular (no specific semester)
Assessment Summary: PF 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Clinical & Work Based Portfolio (PF 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Learning Outcomes:
* Critically analyse and evaluate the pathophysiology of conditions and complications encountered in the palliative care setting, the pharmacology of key medicines used in this setting, and apply these to support complex optimisation decisions including therapeutic selection, administration and monitoring within the context of clinical uncertainty
* Use effective communication strategies to support patients (and carers, advocates, representatives) and healthcare professionals to make complex medicines optimisation decisions; taking into account patient views/beliefs/ICE (ideas, concerns, expectations)
* Identify, critically evaluate and apply key evidence sources in order to effect (and support others to effect) medicines optimisation outcomes within these clinical conditions
* Identify and employ effective patient activation strategies to support patients with these conditions
* Design enhancements to medicines and health services, including effective use of health resources, patient facing services and clinical governance structures
* Reflect on learning experiences, evaluate performance, and identify performance gaps within this clinical area to support ongoing development.

Aims: To update the underpinning knowledge of pharmacology, pathophysiology and medicines optimisation to support the clinical management of patients in the palliative care setting.

* Clinical skills
* Study skills
* Written communication
* Working with others
* Scientific and practical skills
* Improving learning and performance
* Information and communication technology
* Problem solving.

* Pathophysiology of key conditions including:
- Pain management in palliative care
- Nausea and vomiting
- Gastrointestinal symptoms
- Secretions
- Respiratory failure
* Pharmacology, administration and monitoring of medicines used in the treatment of these conditions; including drug administration systems
* Drug-disease interactions specific to these conditions
* Pharmacoeconomic consideration of medicines optimisation
* Professional and ethical values; complex ethical decision making
* Communication, negotiating and agreeing complex healthcare decisions; including sensitive information / communication with carers, relatives, advocates etc
* Additional skills to support the delivery of enhancements to medicines and health services, including effective use of health resources, patient facing services and clinical governance structures.

Programme availability:

PA500392 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology


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