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

Key features

This 20 credit degree-level module will enable you to develop an investigative, critical and reflective approach to enhance palliative care for patients with life limiting conditions and their carers.

You will learn the skills required to promote specialist palliative care for your patients and develop your overall symptom management approach to enhance palliative care and to promote quality of life. 

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

  • assess health and holistic nursing/therapeutic needs of patient, their families and other carers by initiative and critically evaluate the appropriate steps for effective specialist palliative care for individuals and groups.
  • support and empower patients, their families and other carers to influence and participate in decisions concerning their care by providing information on a range of specialist palliative care 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.

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.

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

Module code




FHEQ level

Level 6 – bachelors degree


St Luke's Hospice, Plymouth

Module dates

Please contact the module team (see 'How to apply' for contact details)