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

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Health and Social Wellbeing
Five days taught sessions
Face-to-face and online
Course Director
Dr Antonia Beringer

20 credit level 3 (undergraduate) and Masters level module

Page last updated 4 October 2021


This module is available at either undergraduate level 3 (UZUY3L-20-3) or Masters level (UZUY3M-20-M).

This module (taken at either level 3 or Masters level) has been designed in collaboration with practice partners in children's palliative care. Our aim is to offer a course to professionals working with children and families with palliative care needs in any setting, that:

  • values and builds your existing knowledge and experience
  • explores the key issues facing children's palliative care practice
  • develops your academic skills and confidence
  • creates a supportive space in which sensitive issues can be discussed
  • encourages you to share ideas to take back into practice.

Course sessions will be offered by experts in the field from a range of practice and academic roles.

For more detail on the structure, content and how to apply, check out the further information below.

Careers / Further study

The level 3 module can contribute towards:

  • BSc(Hons) Specialist Practice (District Nursing)
  • BSc(Hons) Health and Social Care
  • MSc Specialist Practice (District Nursing)
  • MSc Advanced Practice
  • Professional Development Award

The Masters level module can contribute towards:

  • MSc Specialist Practice (District Nursing)
  • MSc Advanced Practice
  • Professional Development Awards



Themes covered will include:

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.


  • 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.

Learning and Teaching

A variety of teaching methods will be used to facilitate learning in this Module including:

  • seminars
  • workshops
  • presentations
  • directed and independent learning
  • case study discussion through action learning sets

The approach for this module is based upon the model of adult education. Teaching strategies that value your previous learning and placement experiences are applied throughout the module.

The module will be structured around facilitated seminars which will provide opportunities to share experience and consolidate learning.

Study time

A total of 48 hours in the form of blended face-to-face and online seminars over five days and self-directed learning over three days.


The assessment strategy will test the your ability to critically analyse your practice in palliative care and develop critical thinking and application of these principles in working with children, young people and families in a range of settings.

Formative assessment:
Group work that demonstrates understanding of children's palliative care, including reflective practice, self-assessment and giving feedback.

Summative assessment:
Presentation of a poster (10 minutes for level 3; 15 minutes for Master level) which applies core concepts of children's palliative care to a real (anonymised) or fictitious case of a child or young person with a life-limiting condition, supported by reference to the evidence base. There will be a question and answer session following the presentation (5 minutes for level 3; 10 minutes for Masters level).


Study facilities

The Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences has an excellent reputation for the quality of its teaching and the facilities it provides.

You'll have access to a range of on-campus and online facilities to support your learning, including the University Library which is open 24 hours a day.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

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How to apply

How to apply

You are required to apply online for your CPD modules, which you can take as stand-alone courses or as part of an undergraduate or postgraduate (Masters level) programme.

Is this the right course for you?

Contact the module leader Antonia Beringer (

For all other queries, please see contact details below.

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