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PgCert Palliative Care

Course Description

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 using a blended approach with face to face and online using the Hub at QMU. 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.


Core modules (both 15 credits) : Supporting the Patient and Family in Palliative Care/Developing Advanced Communication Skills in Palliative Care

For those in a clinical role, you will also complete: Working with People with Complex Pain and Symptoms/ Shadows and Horizons: Advancing Palliative Care Practice (15 credits) OR another 15 credit module from the QMU Person-centred Practice Framework.

For those in a non-clinical role, you will also complete: Shadows and Horizons: Advancing Palliative Care Practice (15 credits) AND one further 15 credit module from the PcP Framework.

Visit the PgCert Palliative Care page on the Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A degree/ professional equivalent, evidence of recent academic study, two years post qualification/registration experience and access to a practice setting that offers learning opportunities related to palliative care. International: Where your degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to take an IELTS test receiving an overall score of 6.5 and no individual component score below 6.0.

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