Communication in life-threatening illness, NU3642 Short Course

Communication in life-threatening illness, NU3642 Short Course
At UCLan, our post-qualifying framework (PQF) allows health and social care practitioners to continue their professional development and achieve further qualifications in their field. You have the opportunity to study individual modules in subject areas that interest you. You can select from a comprehensive and contemporary range of modules that fit your personal development and career plans; either on an individual basis or combined in a planned programme to eventually achieve a degree.

This module is aimed at healthcare practitioners from a range of settings who wish to further develop their communication skills to enhance the effectiveness of their interactions with clients with life-threatening conditions. You will be able to explore ways of responding in what can be difficult and emotionally-charged situations.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

Short Course


Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

Three day study block, plus one follow-up day. Supported by E-Learn. (20 credits at level 6)


School of Sport and Health Sciences

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

February 2017: February 07, 08 and 09; March 30. 10am-4pm.

Entry Requirements:

Students must be working in a clinical area relevant to the module content.

Course Content

Course Outline:
This module uses well-established interactive teaching strategies to enable you to focus on how you interact with patients and others, seeking to develop the quality of such interactions and addressing the needs of client groups more effectively.

The content will include communication theory, approaches to managing difficult communication situations and effective assessment of needs.

You can study the module on its own for continuing professional development purposes or towards the award of BSc (Hons) Professional Practice.

Learning Environment & Assessment:

The module is assessed by:

  • Audio-recorded interaction with a client
  • A 3000 word critique of the communication skills employed during the interaction, supported with reference to relevant theory and research


Academic Expertise

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Learning outcome & aims

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Critically examine theory of communication
  • Critically evaluate facilitating skills and blocking behaviours in communication
  • Discuss approaches to managing difficult communication situations
  • Demonstrate use of effective communication skills
  • Critically examine own communication behaviours
  • Identify own support needs and how they can be met

The aims of the module are to enable the you to examine the process of communication in the context of life-threatening illness; to enable you to focus on how they interact with patients and others; and to develop the quality of such interactions so that you are able to more effectively address the needs of client groups.

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At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

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Progression Routes

You can study this module on a stand-alone basis for continuing professional development, or as an option module on BSc (Hons) Professional Practice.

Fees & Funding

For details of the standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course please contact the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

Post-registration Recruitment
School of Health
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel. 01772 893836 or 01772 893839

Or, if appropriate, via CPD-Apply:

For further information

Module information: Colin Thain, Module Leader, 01772 893622

Course information: Lisa Broadley, Lecturer, 01772 895190,

About UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment

Faculty of Health & Wellbeing

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 89 3836 / 3839