Exploring and developing palliative and end of life care CPD Award

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What is special about this course?

This CPD Award in palliative and end of life care has been designed to meet the continuous professional development needs of health and social care staff. The content will help to provide and strengthen the knowledge and skills required by staff to provide high-quality care and support to people with palliative and end of life care needs, their families and carers.

The content of the course is based on the NHS Education for Scotland Palliative and End of Life Care Framework at Skilled Level.

The course will be delivered through online learning using the university's virtual learning environment. This type of delivery gives flexible access to study and can, therefore, fit around work and personal commitments.

Special features

  • Valuable CPD for health and social care staff
  • Enhances your knowledge and skills in palliative and end of life care
  • Developed in collaboration with Highland Hospice
  • Online delivery to give you the flexibility to fit study around your life and commitments


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Entry requirements

  • Applicants should have the ability to study at SCQF level 7 (first-year undergraduate level) evidenced either through school qualifications or work-based qualifications such as SVQ2 or SVQ3.
  • Applicants without the above, but with appropriate experience will be considered on an individual basis.


The content of the course covers the following areas:

  • Fundamentals of palliative care
  • Communication and conversations 
  • Loss, grief, and bereavement
  • Care planning and delivery
  • Care in the last days of life

How will I study my course?

  • Part time (structured)
  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • You will receive support from your online tutor

How long will my course last?

This module is 200 hours of learning which will be delivered over one academic semester (15 weeks). The couse will start annually in late January and early September - subject to minimum numbers.

Where can I study my course?

  • Perth College UHI

Start date

  • September
  • January


Fees for this on-campus CPD course will depend on your assessed fee status:

  Scottish (SC) or EURest of the UK (RUK)International (INT)Scottish (SC) or EURest of the UK (RUK)International (INT)
CPD Award (20 credit module) £215 £1,120 £1,140 £215 £1,120 £1,170

This course is not open to international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this course you will have the knowledge and skill to help enhance practice in palliative and end of life care.

Can I progress into further study?

You may wish to continue with studies using this credit towards an undergraduate degree such as BA (Hons) Health and Social Studies.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Exploring and developing palliative and end of life care CPD Award

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2020 or Jan/Feb 2021

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