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About our Centre for Education & Research

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St Columba’s Hospice Education Centre opened in early 2012 and offers a wide range of educational opportunities, from study days and short courses to more formal programmes at degree and masters level.

All courses are relevant to those caring for people with advanced, progressive diseases. Whether you provide specialist or generalist palliative care, and work in the community, hospital, care home or hospice, there is something here for you.

Our evidence-based programmes address all aspects of palliative care – physical, psychological, social and spiritual. They also provide participants with the opportunity to explore ethical issues for patients approaching the end of life and to develop their communication skills for palliative care.

We run our undergraduate and postgraduate interdisciplinary courses in palliative care in partnership with Queen Margaret University. In addition to this the education team participates in the education of students at a number of higher education institutions including Edinburgh University, Queen Margaret University and Edinburgh Napier University.

The Hospice 5 year strategy 2015-2020 reflects increased commitment to research and for research to form a larger part of the work undertaken at St Columba’s Hospice. Hence, the Education Centre became Centre for Education and Research in May 2015, reflecting the expanding role and remit of the team.

Courses

St Columba’s Hospice in collaboration with Queen Margaret University provide two programmes of study – graduate certificates and Masters courses and modules. Find out about the courses we offer.

Research and Practice Development

The Hospice 5 year strategy 2015-2020 reflects increased commitment to research and for research to form a larger part of the work undertaken at St Columba’s Hospice. Find out more.

Publications

Staff at St Columba’s Hospice have authored numerous research papers and documents about palliative care. Read more.

Making an educational visit to St Columba’s Hospice


Visiting St Columba’s Hospice offers a valuable experience for students at primary and secondary school levels, students undertaking professional education (health and social care) and health and social care professionals interested in developing their knowledge related to palliative and end of life care.

The visits are organized by the Centre for Education & Research. If you are interested in finding out what we can offer please contact Sue Thorburn by email. Your email request should include a little bit about yourself, what you are currently studying (if applicable) and what you would hope to gain from a visit to St Columba’s Hospice. Due to high demand we can’t guarantee that we are able to meet all requests for a visit.