This course is for health and social care professionals working with patients requiring palliative care and their families. It has been developed in partnership with St Columba’s Hospice by an interdisciplinary planning team. It has been designed to prepare experienced practitioners from all disciplines involved in the care of patients and families at the end of life for advanced roles in palliative care. It is relevant to those providing specialist or generalist palliative care. Practitioners may be in posts involving clinical practice, research, management and/or education. The course is based on the belief that palliative care is interdisciplinary and therefore requires interdisciplinary education.
Teaching, learning and assessment
The teaching and learning approaches used encourage you to be independent and participative learners. These approaches, for example, will engage you in modified lectures, problem-based learning, small group discussion and communication skills rehearsal. Assessment methods include case study analysis, poster presentation, collaborative presentation and portfolio. While as a postgraduate student you will predominantly be working independently, there is a strong structure for academic support. Normally, there are fewer than 20 students in the class. This ensures that individuals receive excellent support and benefit from interaction with other students.
Teaching hours and attendance
Each taught specialist module requires approximately five days of attendance at the St Columba’s Hospice Education Centre. Other modules have different study patterns. The Hospice Education Team would be delighted to discuss the time commitment with you.
To complete a PgCert, you must complete the following 15 credit modules: Shadows & Horizons: Advancing Palliative Care Practice/ Developing Advanced Communication Skills in Palliative Care/ Supporting the Patient and Family in Palliative Care: A Team Approach / Working with People with Complex Pain and Symptoms or an alternative (15 credits/ module totalling 60 credits). To complete a PgDip, you must also complete an additional research module (15 credits) plus three elective modules from practice, management or education themes (totalling 60 credits). To complete an MSc, you must also complete a specialist palliative care work-based learning project, as set out in the quadruple module Advancing Palliative Care Practice: Work-based Learning (60 credits).
This course will help you develop personally and professionally, offering opportunities for career progression in a palliative care context.
Like palliative care itself, the course is interdisciplinary.
Course content is relevant to practice wherever palliative care takes place.
Students have the benefit of the new study facilities at St Columba’s Hospice Education Centre and QMU.
A degree/ professional equivalent, evidence of recent academic study, 2 years post-qualification/ registration experience and access to a practice setting that offers learning opportunities related to palliative care.
Recipient: Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
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