Specialist approaches to palliative care and symptom management – enhanced practice (degree level)

Which End of Life (EOL) care module should I choose? 

We offer a variety of EOL modules and it's important that you select the right one for you. To help guide you in this process we have compiled a short guide below. 

Key features

  • Develop an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to enhance palliative care for patients with a life limiting condition and their carers and to develop strategies for symptom control.
  • Module content (not exhaustive): symptom control of cancer and non-malignant diseases; epidemiological approaches; tools of assessment; pharmacology; complementary therapy; multidisciplinary working.

This module is delivered by St Luke’s Hospice in partnership with the University of Plymouth.

Module code




FHEQ level

Level 6 – bachelors degree


Online delivery

Course details

At the end of the module you will be able to:

  • assess health and health related and holistic nursing/therapeutic needs of patient or clients, their families and other carers by initiating and critically evaluating the appropriate steps for effective specialist palliative care for individuals and groups
  • support and empower patients/clients, their families and other carers to influence and participate in decisions concerning their care by providing information on a range of specialist palliative care and services
  • critically evaluate the medical and non-medical management of symptoms in palliative care to promote quality of life
  • critically analyse multidisciplinary therapeutic strategies designed to promote and improve health and prevent disease in individuals and groups by identifying and selecting from a range of health and social agencies that will assist and improve care.

Module dates

The dates for the next delivery are 14, 21, 28 January and 4, 11 and 18 February 2020.

Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change, always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit.

Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers. In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date. Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers.

What programme can this module count towards?

This module can be studied as a standalone module or as an optional module towards some of our BSc (Hons) Professional Development pathways (such as our BSc (Hons) Professional Development in End of Life Care) - please contact the Professional Development Unit for further information.

Admissions information 

Additional information and documentation required for the application process.

Access to: 

  • application forms 
  • change of name forms
  • pre-course information
  • downloadable guides
  • student card.

Visit our admissions homepage for full details.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the module you must:

  • be a registered health and social care professional working in clinical practice
  • you must have previously studied at level 5 (i.e. foundation degree or equivalent).

Each student will be considered and advised individually (where required) by the programme team and Professional Development Unit (PDU). Please contact the PDU or programme lead if you have any queries regarding your situation.

Fees and funding


This module is commissioned by Health Education England and you may be eligible for funding through your employing trust. To apply please contact your organisation’s education coordinator who will guide you through the application process.


If you are self-funding, please contact the relevant organisation who will be able to confirm the fee for the module. The organisation contact details are outlined below in the ‘further information’ section.

Further information

For further information regarding this module, please contact:

Professional Development Unit

Level 4 Rolle Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, United Kingdom

Prospective student enquiries: pduadmissions@plymouth.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)1752 586951

Current student enquiries: pdu@plymouth.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)1752 586958

You can also contact the relevant organisation for further information:

Education Administration Team

St Luke's Hospice, Plymouth

Tel: +44 (0)1752 964250

Email: education@stlukes-hospice.org.uk

Module lead

Elizabeth Lawley ealawley@stlukes-hospice.org.uk