Aim: This award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skills and competence to enable them to care for and address the needs of a person and their family after the diagnosis of a life-limiting illness, in a dignified, inclusive and holistic manner.
Participant Profile: Course is suitable for those who require a formal qualification and skills to work in a care setting.
Duration: 5 days in a classroom setting. Learners will be required to complete work outside of class time.
Status: Elective Minor component
Credit Value: 15 credits of 120 credits required to achieve a major award in Healthcare Support 5M4339
Some of the areas the learner will be proficient in at the end of the course:
- Summarise the structure and organisation of palliative care services to include the role played by the multi-disciplinary team and diverse family structures in the provision of care for a terminally ill person
- Discuss the role of the support worker in the promotion of key issues such as life quality, self-esteem, respect, privacy and dignity in palliative care work
- Explore different attitudes to death and dying to include an understanding of individual patterns of grief, bereavement and loss
- Employ a range of communication strategies and processes which are central to the work in palliative care
- Apply a person-centred approach to caring for a person in the last days of their life to include the provision of supportive and holistic care promoting safety, dignity, respect and comfort
- Respond appropriately to the needs of the person who is confused in the last days of life
- Work effectively and with great sensitivity in relation to the dying person and their significant others in a palliative care setting