Continuing Professional Development

End of Life Care


The details
End of Life Care
30 credits
Level 7
18 February 2021
Colchester Campus

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.

This module fits well into our MA Professional Practice pathway, or our MSc Health Care Practice pathway.

Learning outcomes

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

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).

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.

Entry Requirements

The module is appropriate for health and social care practitioners.


Module Outline

Teaching and learning disclaimer

Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.

The teaching and assessment methods listed show what is currently planned for 2021 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.

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

4,000 word essay

Fees and funding

Our CPD Funding page has more information on fees for our modules and potential funding sources.

What's next

We have guidance on making your application and the forms to download on our how to apply page.

Get in touch

If you require further details about this module, including future course dates, please email