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St Columba’s Hospice Education – Visits and Placements

St Columba’s Hospice is committed to hosting educational visits for external health and social care professionals as well as for students. This may be in response to an individual’s or a group’s personal learning objectives, or as a compulsory part of education. This is in addition to clinical placements and education for nursing and medical students which are formally offered through the University of Edinburgh, Queen Margaret University and Napier University.

The educational visits are part of our overall education programme and have the key purpose of improving health and social care professionals’ and students’ knowledge and skills in supporting patients and families with palliative care needs. Furthermore, they have the purpose of sharing our service model and highlighting our innovations and developments.

The duration of visits may range from a half day to a month.  The visitors’ programme is organised according to learning objectives and clinical experience/education. It is important that visits do not adversely impact usual patient care.


Medical visits

St Columba’s Hospice, Edinburgh, hosts educational visits for external doctors – this may be in response to their personal learning objectives or a compulsory part of their training.

Visits may also be requested by medical students wishing to learn more about palliative care, however please note that unfortunately, at present, we are unable to accommodate medical student elective placements at the Hospice.

The aim of an educational visit is to improve knowledge and skills in supporting patients and families with palliative care needs. Depending on learning objectives and length of placement, opportunities for learning include:

  • Observing ward rounds
  • Managing palliative patients
  • Attending multi-disciplinary team meetings
  • Visiting patients in the community
  • Meeting other members of the team to understand their roles

The duration of visits may range from a half day to a month. The programme will be organised according to learning objectives and clinical experience/training. Visits must be arranged at least 6 weeks in advance to allow appropriate checks to be made, and a programme to be devised. If this sounds appropriate for your learning needs, please complete the application form which can be found here: Application Form for Medical Education Visits to St Columba’s Hospice.

After completing the application form please email to: education@stcolumbashospice.org.uk


Nursing, Other Health and Social Care Professionals and Students

Educational visits focusing on nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and counselling within a palliative care setting can be arranged. Learning opportunities and length of visit depends on each individual application.

Please complete the application form which can be found here: Application Form for Nursing, Health and Social Care Professionals and Students and e-mail to: education@stcolumbashospice.org.uk


National/International groups of health and social care professionals

We can host an educational visit for a group of health or social care professionals seeking to develop their knowledge and skills related to palliative care. These visits can be in the format of a either a half day or a full day.  Please note that for large groups several months’ notice at least, would be appreciated.

Example programme of a full day:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If this sounds appropriate for your learning needs, please complete the application form which can be found here: Application Form for short local, national or international visits to SCH.

Please complete the application form and e-mail to:  education@stcolumbashospice.org.uk


Feedback and evaluation

We kindly ask everyone to complete an evaluation form after their visit:

Completed feedback forms should be e-mailed to:  education@stcolumbashospice.org.uk


 

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