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Course content

There are three core modules that enable you to obtain a PgCert. You will then study modules appropriate to your desired route. The routes in the Person-Centred Practice Framework seek to influence and enable the transformative processes of personal and professional development through engagement, facilitation and evaluation of person-centred teaching and learning approaches. It is designed to meet the professional needs of practitioners from all disciplines working in a variety of different health and social care settings.

The Framework is innovative and interactive, emphasising application of theory to your practice context. It will enable you to critically engage with, evaluate and synthesise the evidence and research to promote the development and enhancement of person centred culture and practice. This develops a pro-active, transformative and reflective approach to meeting the public health and social needs of individuals, families, groups and populations.

You can personalise your learning to your own situation e.g. mental health, social care, infection control, acute care and community health.  International students are particularly welcome as they offer a varied and different perspective to the context in which the learning occurs.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Our teaching, learning and assessment strategy is framed by our core philosophical concepts of personhood, person-centeredness, human valuing, healthful relations, human potential and development, supportive and enabling environments. Central to this strategy is the need for learners to engage in the learning experiences, a readiness to listen and explore, preparedness to be open to experiences and a resolve to keep going. This environment will generate an ethos of engagement, and where criticality students can explore and challenge theories, practices and different sources of knowledge creatively in an atmosphere of high challenge and high support.

We will achieve this learning environment through a focus on three pillars of learning activity namely:

  • Student-centred experiential and collaborative learning;
  • Reflexivity and critical discourse;
  • Sustainable and ethical evidence-based teaching.

Students will be supported to challenge their thinking, values and beliefs; through the posing of complex activities and questions, and develop resilient and sustainable approaches to their learning and practice in response to these. Critical to this process is the use of diverse knowledge, scholarly inquiry processes and evidence informed materials to engage and enliven the processes of learning.

Assessment strategies will encourage application to practice. In line with the framework’s philosophy, a wide range of sustainable strategies are used to ensure assessment diversity. This will be achieved through the use of varied strategies which draw on the student’s own areas of practice such as portfolio development, practice proposals, annotated bibliographies, simulation events, games, seminar presentations and self-determined contextual assignment topics. Tutor, peer and self-assessment, including within virtual environments (eg [email protected], Values Exchange), will be an important component of approaches to formative and summative assessment.

For students undertaking NMC recognised specialist qualification and registration (District Nursing, Health Visiting, School Nursing), the course is 50% practice-based and requires placement in an approved practice with a Practice Teacher or Sign-off Mentor or Health Visitor Mentor. Placement will be negotiated with your supporting NHS area.

Teaching hours and attendance

Your attendance requirements at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are studying full or part-time.

Links with professional bodies

The routes allow you to gain the higher level knowledge and skills required for advanced practice. They do not gain accreditation with the NMC unless students are undertaking the Specialist Practitioner Qualification in District Nursing or registration as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN).

Modules

To achieve a PgCert, you will complete:

Theory and Practice of Person-Centred Health and Social Care (30 credits)/ Leading Professional Practice (15 credits)/ Making Judgements and Decisions in Practice (15 credits)

To achieve a PgDip, you will also undertake a further 60 credits from an array of modules that include: Developing Professional Practice (15, 30 or 45 credits)/ Practice Development for Person-centred Cultures (15 credits)/ Health and Wellbeing for the Individual and the Team (15 credits)/ Independent study (15 or 30 credits)/ Advancing Approaches to Patient Assessment (15 credits)

To achieve a MSc, you will also complete:

Dissertation (60 credits) The route content is currently being redeveloped. Please check the website in autumn 2017 for updates.


Visit the MSc Person-Centred Practice page on the Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh website for more details!

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