PGCert Integrated Palliative & End of Life Care

This PGCert is designed to make palliative and end-of-life care real, meaningful and accessible for all frontline clinical staff. The programme is suitable for nurses (community, hospital, nursing home, hospice), health and social care practitioners, allied health professionals, paramedics and doctors (GPs, specialist doctors and doctors in training). You will gain enhanced knowledge, confidence and competence in assessing the palliative and end-of-life care needs of patients and their families. Individual disease groups will be analysed and the trajectory of dying assessed, looking for similarities and differences and seeing how these might be managed. In addition to this, you will learn how to manage symptoms and address concerns arising across the four domains of holistic care (physical, psychological, spiritual and social). Ethical and legal aspects of care will also be considered.

What you’ll study

The course introduces you to the philosophy and principles of palliative care, assessment and symptom management.

You will study the trajectories of end-of-life care in a variety of diseases and conditions, examine holistic care from a physical, psychological, spiritual and social perspective, and gain skills and knowledge in both supporting family carers and providing bereavement support.

In addition to this, you will focus on the delivery of palliative care through enhanced communication skills, advance care planning and the management of complex medicines.

Compulsory modules:

HEA4197 Transforming Integrated Palliative & End of Life Care

HEA4219 Transforming End of Life Trajectories

You will select a 20 credit optional module, negotiated with the course leader, chosen from the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine’s professional development portfolio. You may wish to consider the module Transforming End of Life Communication and Spiritual Care.

HEA4252 Transforming End of Life Communication & Spiritual Care

For more information about each module, including the dates and times of module sessions, please see our Continuing Professional Development Modules for Health and Social Care Practitioners pages.

How you’ll study

The two core modules are delivered at the Terence Burgess Education Centre in Southport as an interactive hybrid of face-to-face and remote online study. Attendance is typically one half day per week with an additional full introductory day at the start of each module and a further full revision day at the end. The remaining module may be delivered at the Terence Burgess Education Centre, as a hybrid of face-to-face and remote online study, or at Edge Hill University. Contact hours will vary depending on your module choice.

Blended learning is encouraged as part of the learning time and includes a substantial amount of material available via our virtual learning environment.

As part of these online activities, you will be exposed to a variety of end-of-life care challenges faced by the residents of a fictional community of families. You will be expected to contribute to web-based discussions with your peers about the relevant care required by members of this virtual interactive community.

How to apply

There is an online application process for this course, Applying directly to Edge Hill University – Edge Hill University

For more information contact the module clinical lead at

Course details:

  • Virtual Provider: The Terence Burgess Education Centre at Queenscourt Hospice, Town Lane, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 6RE
  • Tel: 01704 517920
  • Email:
  • Organisation: West Lancs, Southport & Formby Palliative Care Services

12 September 2024 - 12 September 2024


01704 517920


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