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e-course

Fundamentals of palliative care


  • Released: 03/2021
  • Reviewed: N/A
  • Study time: 24h:0m
  • Start date: Anytime

The aim of this programme is to support pharmacy professionals to provide an appropriate person-centred pharmaceutical service for people during palliative care, and for their carers.

To facilitate your learning, we have structured the course into six units. Some units are larger than others, but we estimate that you will need to commit an average of three hours of learning for each unit.

  • Unit 1 – Setting the scene
  • Unit 2 – Consultation skills in palliative care
  • Unit 3 – Management of pain
  • Unit 4 – Management of non-pain symptoms
  • Unit 5 – End of life care
  • Unit 6 – Palliative care pharmacy services

Learning objectives

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:

  • describe what palliative care is and how national guidance has influenced palliative care services
  • communicate confidently with people and their carers regarding palliative care, respecting their wishes and responding when things go wrong
  • support the management of key symptoms that people might experience during palliative care and at the end of life
  • identify the palliative care multidisciplinary team in your local area and their respective roles
  • explain the role of the pharmacy professional in the care of people who are accessing palliative care within national priorities
  • respond to issues raised with the supply of medicines and products for palliative care without compromising person-centred care.

How to use this programme

Our e-courses are run online. The programme runs in Canvas™ and you will be registered by CPPE and informed of your login details. This e-course is self-directed. This means that you can work through the course at a time and pace that suits you. The course does build on each topic as you progress so we recommend that you work through the units in order. There is a menu on the left hand side of the page to navigate through each area and you can access each unit and its content separately.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Trainee pharmacists