Enhancing Practice in Palliative Care for Children, Young People and Families

University of the West of England, Bristol
Delivery Method: Face-to-face

This course is offered at Level 3 (Degree) and Masters level and is delivered at our Glenside Campus.

Course content includes:

  • Psychosocial support throughout the palliative care journey:
    • Accompanying families through grief, loss and bereavement from diagnosis to death and beyond
    • Understanding spiritual and cultural aspects of children's palliative care
    • Support and advice on practical, social and emotional issues faced by families and staff at each stage
    • Ethical and legal frameworks in children's palliative care including, but not limited to, best interest decisions such as safeguarding, the withholding or withdrawal of treatment.
  • Communication:
    • Handling sensitive and complex information with the child, siblings and other family members
    • Communication when senses and abilities are impaired
    • Recognising and responding to emotional distress with empathy
    • Facilitating significant discussions including diagnosis, parallel planning, advance care planning, organ and tissue donation, withholding or withdrawal of treatment and transition.
  • Multidisciplinary holistic care:
    • Referral pathways, criteria and access to services
    • Providing collaborative and coordinated partnership working across a range of health, education, and social care settings, including NHS, social enterprise, private and voluntary sector organisations
    • The roles of members of the multidisciplinary team involved in assessing, planning, delivering and reviewing care across the life course and after death, including parallel planning, Team Around the Child meetings and the Child Death Overview Process
    • Practice guidelines, polices and their role in informing palliative care delivery.
  • Collaborative working to promote quality of life:
    • Working with children, families, and the multi-disciplinary team to monitor and manage symptoms
    • Approaches to assessing, promoting and enriching quality of life, including complementary and music therapies, sensory activities, play and education
    • The nature of the therapeutic role of practitioners in a palliative context, promoting self-care and maintaining boundaries
    • Working together to support transition to adult services.


Study time totals 48 hours (8 days) in the form of face to face seminars over five days and online activities over three days.

Please note: Priority will be given to applications received through our funded educational contracts. Places on this module will be limited for applications received outside of this funding. Please check with your employer as a funded contract place may still be available to support your learning.

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