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Palliative Care

The role of nurses in the provision of palliative care is fundamental within the multi-disciplinary team. The complexities that surround palliative care are not always ‘black and white’. This module aims to support your daily work as a nurse, provide insight for those who wish to learn more about the field, and strengthen your confidence when encountering difficult situations to help you provide the best quality care.

With a few areas of the module focusing on the palliative care of lung cancer patients, this module largely provides an overview that intends to be useful for all types of nurses, including other types of healthcare professional.
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This e-learning module will take you just 60 minutes of module-based learning. Optional pre-reading available in the ‘resources’ section on this page will take approximately 30-60 minutes. Saving where you left off, you can dip in and out of the module whenever you have the time. You are encouraged to take notes/save personal screenshots during the module to reinforce your learning.

This module is accredited by the Federation of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). The RCN cannot confirm the competence of any practitioner. You will receive a certificate via email for your 1 hour of learning upon completion.

Nurses play a key role in the delivery of palliative care which is critical in the lives of many patients.

CPD Module

This module has been developed to provide nurses with a knowledge of the basic management principles and potential ethical issues of palliative care.

Palliative Care

The faculty

Karen Clayton

Advanced Nurse, Macmillan Lung Cancer Lead Nurse/Team leader Specialist Palliative Care
East Cheshire NHS Trust

Karen was appointed Macmillan Lung/Palliative Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in 2010. Prior to this, she predominantly worked within the acute sector...


Lucy Heycock

Advanced Nurse – Lung Cancer, Raigmore Hospital, NHS Highland

Not being quite sure what to do with a degree in Moral Philosophy, Lucy went in to nursing in 1988. After the obligatory year backpacking, she found herself in Edinburgh where she completed her MSc in Cancer Nursing...