01 May 2014

A DEGREE module on end of life care developed at Wigan and Leigh Hospice has been given accreditation by Edge Hill University.

From September healthcare professionals and students will come to the Hospice to study 'Managing End of Life Care' which can form part of a degree course.

The module has been created by the Hospice's education team which works to develop knowledge and increase awareness surrounding end of life care issues.

Sarah Owens, Palliative Care Education Lead at the Hospice, said: "We were keen to share our expertise through a university-accredited module so I approached Edge Hill to see if we could form a collaborative partnership.

"We developed the course to provide healthcare professionals and students with a broad view of palliative care. We take a holistic approach that takes into account the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the patient nearing the end of their life but also their families and carers."

Managing End of Life Care will cover all aspects of managing palliative care including assessment of patient needs, communication in palliative care and identification and management of symptoms.

The module can be used toward a degree and carries 20 credits but can also be taken as a stand-alone module if the student already has a degree.

Sarah added: "As a Hospice we aim to share our specialist knowledge of end of life care to ensure as many people as possible can benefit in our local community. We already work with district nurses, care homes, GPs and other healthcare providers in order to reach as many people as we can.

"This module will provide students with a sound understanding of palliative care needs and give healthcare professionals more confidence to deal with end of life care needs in any setting whether a care home, at the patient's home or on a ward."

Edge Hill

Photo: Sarah Owens, Palliative Care Education Lead at Wigan & Leigh Hospice.

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