End of Life Care Training

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HS977: End of Life Care

Overview & aim

This module develops the knowledge, skills and confidence of health and social care professionals involved in the delivery of end of life care. As a student on this course, you will explore creative approaches to caring for, and supporting, people approaching the end of their life, as well as being aware and responsive to the needs of their families and carers. Your understanding of a person-centred approach to end of life care will be developed as you learn how to consider the psychosocial, physical and spiritual needs of the whole person. Through shared learning and reflection, you will have the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of your own experience of end of life care as well as inter-professional, multidisciplinary and multi-agency working.

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This module can be used to gain credits towards one of the Continuing Professional Development degree pathways, either at an Undergraduate (level 6) or Postgraduate level (level 7).

Learning outcomes (Undergraduate, Level 6)

When you have successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a range of interpersonal and communication skills to enable compassionate interactions with the person at the end of life, their families and carers.
  • Assess, deliver and review care to consider changing needs, priorities and wishes of the person at the end of life.
  • Identify and apply strategies to enhance collaborative working with multi-professional groups on matters related to end of life care.
  • Develop a range of skills and care strategies to promote best practice in the delivery of high-quality end of life care.

Learning outcomes (Postgraduate, Level 7)

When you have successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced interpersonal and therapeutic communication skills for initiating, maintaining and concluding relationship with the person at end of life, their families and carers.
  • Develop an advanced understanding of multi-professional perspectives and address critical issues in end of life care and service delivery, including possible barriers.
  • Discuss the core elements of person-centred assessment and symptom management and on-going evaluation to ensure effective symptom relief, comfort and well being.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of advanced care planning and critically evaluate the legal, ethical and clinical issues influencing end of life care.

Entry requirements

The module is appropriate for all health and social care practitioners.

Our expert staff

This module is taught by Dr Mary Kennedy, a mental health nurse with a wide range of clinical, research and academic experience. For many years Mary worked in the NHS, leading on service improvement and innovation within clinical practice. She has a specific interest in end of life care and the training and support required by staff caring for people approaching the end of life.

Mary developed the module to address a gap in training and to support staff develop their knowledge and skills surrounding end of life care and gain confidence in having end of life conversations.

Module outline

The module is delivered over 5 individual days, consisting of taught sessions by clinical experts in end of life care. Throughout the module the ideals of care and compassion and professionalism will be embedded into teaching and learning. Problem based learning is used alongside e-learning to promote individual and collaborative learning.

Topics covered include:

  • Effective communication
  • Assessment and care planning
  • Participation and decision-making
  • Advanced care planning
  • Support for families and carers
  • Grief, loss and bereavement
  • Care beyond death

Assessment strategy

Level 6 requires participants to write a 3,000 word essay, and level 7 a 4,000 word essay.


In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for. More ways of funding your course can be found on the University's website.

How to apply

Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (PDF). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk. More information about making your application is available on the University's website.