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Communication Skills for Professional Practice - Advanced Professional Development [Level HE6] part-time [Cheshire Hospices Education]

Why choose this course?

Course overview

This module is for professionals, particularly in the fields of health and social care, who care for clients / carers who have palliative care needs. It can be taken as part of the BSc (Hons) Professional Studies in Supportive and Palliative Care or as a stand-alone module for professional practice development needs.

The course will enable you to develop your critical self-awareness, understand communication behaviours of clients and consider their impact on the therapeutic relationship. You will enhance your communication skills, particularly in the context of enabling you to elicit the client’s understanding of their condition, their concerns and priorities of care and acting on those appropriately.

You will study theoretical perspectives relating to communication, self-awareness relating to communication behaviours, factors that influence communication behaviours and professional/client relationships, core interpersonal communication skills, behaviours that help/hinder effective communication and assessment skills in client understanding of their condition, concerns and priorities of care.

Effective communication improves the experience of care and reduces distress for clients facing life-limiting illnesses. In line with the aims of palliative care, effective communication is central to enabling effective assessment and management of client’s needs in a way that is relevant to supporting their sense of well being and thus quality of life.

Course overview

This module is for professionals, particularly in the fields of health and social care, who care for clients / carers who have palliative care needs. It can be taken as part of the BSc (Hons) Professional Studies in Supportive and Palliative Care or as a stand-alone module for professional practice development needs.

The course will enable you to develop your critical self-awareness, understand communication behaviours of clients and consider their impact on the therapeutic relationship. You will enhance your communication skills, particularly in the context of enabling you to elicit the client’s understanding of their condition, their concerns and priorities of care and acting on those appropriately.

You will study theoretical perspectives relating to communication, self-awareness relating to communication behaviours, factors that influence communication behaviours and professional/client relationships, core interpersonal communication skills, behaviours that help/hinder effective communication and assessment skills in client understanding of their condition, concerns and priorities of care.

Effective communication improves the experience of care and reduces distress for clients facing life-limiting illnesses. In line with the aims of palliative care, effective communication is central to enabling effective assessment and management of client’s needs in a way that is relevant to supporting their sense of well being and thus quality of life.

This module will be facilitated through student centred, blended learning including lectures, experiential workshops, directed study and tutorials as well as independent student learning and preparation. You will also be required to carry out a practice placement.

You will submit two assessments. In the first, you will reflect critically on communication behaviours by analysis of a work-based communication incident that was critical to your professional practice. In the second assessment, you will carry out a critical appraisal of a recorded, simulated professional/client interaction.

Professional recognition

Mapping of the learning outcomes of this course against the Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) is currently underway.

Course overview

This module is for professionals, particularly in the fields of health and social care, who care for clients / carers who have palliative care needs. It can be taken as part of the BSc (Hons) Professional Studies in Supportive and Palliative Care or as a stand-alone module for professional practice development needs.

The course will enable you to develop your critical self-awareness, understand communication behaviours of clients and consider their impact on the therapeutic relationship. You will enhance your communication skills, particularly in the context of enabling you to elicit the client’s understanding of their condition, their concerns and priorities of care and acting on those appropriately.

You will study theoretical perspectives relating to communication, self-awareness relating to communication behaviours, factors that influence communication behaviours and professional/client relationships, core interpersonal communication skills, behaviours that help/hinder effective communication and assessment skills in client understanding of their condition, concerns and priorities of care.

Effective communication improves the experience of care and reduces distress for clients facing life-limiting illnesses. In line with the aims of palliative care, effective communication is central to enabling effective assessment and management of client’s needs in a way that is relevant to supporting their sense of well being and thus quality of life.

Award(s)Advanced Professional Development (20 credits at Level HE6)
Admissions (MCR) code0479-PCH
Mode of attendance Part-time
Duration(s) 15 weeks
Start date(s) April
Entry requirementsApplicants must have an appropriate health and social care related qualification (e.g. registered nurse; assistant practitioner; allied health professional; paramedic)
Awarding bodyUniversity of Bolton
Location(s) Cheshire Hospices Education:
Queensway,  Winsford,  Cheshire,  CW7 4AW

Professional recognition

Mapping of the learning outcomes of this course against the Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) is currently underway.

Fees, funding and finance information

There are no fees to display for this academic year. Call +44 (0)1204 903951 for more information.

There are no fees to display for the next academic year. Call +44 (0)1204 903951 for more information.

Contact us

For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

Lynne Partington (Programme Leader - CHE)
Tel: Please contact University reception on +44 (0)1204 900600

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