Education Courses at St Columba’s Hospice

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St Columba’s Hospice provides two programmes of study in collaboration with Queen Margaret University:

The Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care

This degree-level programme consists of four 20-credit modules (Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework Level 9) and can be taken by students with or without a degree. The modules are relevant for health and social care professionals working in adult, children’s or neonatal services in hospital, community, care home or hospice settings.

The Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care is achieved by successful completion of THREE of the four modules. The modules can also be studied for degree completion and individual modules can be accessed for Continuing Professional Development.

The delivery of the programme has been reviewed to enable you to choose your preferred mode of study. This may be influenced by your learning style, professional and/or personal circumstances or geographical distance from St. Columba’s Hospice.

You may choose to:

  • Study online
  • Study in face-to-face sessions with online activities and discussions
  • Study using a combination of face-to-face and online sessions

A combined approach may be planned at the outset or may occur as a flexible response to a change in your circumstances during the module.

Modules in academic year 2018/19:

Semester 1: Caring for the patient and family in palliative care

Semester 2: Using person-centred communication skills towards the end of life

Semesters 1 and 2: Person-centred palliative and end-of-life care into practice: Work-based learning

If you would like to discuss your learning need/mode of study, please contact:

Janice Logan

Programme Leader/Lecturer in Palliative Care

jlogan@stcolumbashospice.org.uk


The MSc in Person-centred Practice (Palliative Care)

This programme (Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework Level 11) is designed for experienced practitioners from all disciplines who are involved in the care of patients with advanced or progressive disease, and their family members. The programme of study is relevant for health and social care professionals working in adult, children’s or neonatal services in hospital, community, care home or hospice settings.

The structure of the programme and other exit points are outlined in the information below:

MSc in Person-Centred Practice (Palliative Care)

Postgraduate Certificate in Palliative Care

Four specialist palliative care modules are delivered in the Centre for Education and Research at St. Columba’s Hospice. The modules can be studied as part of the programme or individual modules can be accessed for Continuing Professional Development.

One module is run per semester.

Modules in academic year 2018/19:

Semester 1: Working with people with complex pain and symptoms in palliative care

Semester 2: Shadows and horizons: advancing palliative care practice


Postgraduate Diploma Person-centred Practice (Palliative Care – Advancing Clinical Practice)

This is a postgraduate, modular pathway of studies at level 11 in the Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework (SCQF 2017). The pathway sits within the MSc Person-centred Practice (Palliative Care) programme and is run in partnership with Queen Margaret University.

This pathway has been designed in line with the evolving landscape and advancing scope of practice within palliative and end of life care. These developments demand that practitioners, especially registered nurses, are able to conduct an informed clinical assessment and prescribe appropriate medication based on the outcome of the assessment. Whether palliative and end of life care is all or part of your role this programme of study will provide you with the opportunity to build on existing knowledge, develop new knowledge and skills and in doing so enable you to have a key role in advancing palliative and end of life care practice.

Structure:

The Postgraduate Diploma Person-centred Practice (Palliative Care – Advancing Clinical Practice) will be achieved by successful completion of the equivalent 120 credits at SCQF level 11. Table 1 sets out the structure:

Table 1: Postgraduate Diploma in Person-centred Practice (Palliative Care – Advancing Clinical Practice)
All students complete 2 specialist palliative care modules:

Core: Working with People with Complex Pain and Symptoms (15 credits)

Complete either

·         Supporting the Patient and Family in Palliative Care (15 credits)

OR

  • Developing Advanced Communication Skills (15 credits)

All students complete:

  • Theory and Practice in Person-centred Health and Social Care (30 credits)
  • Advancing Practice in Clinical Assessment (30 credits)
  • Non-medical Prescribing ( 30 credits)

 All work will have a focus in palliative and end of life care.

For application: admissions@qmu.ac.uk

For further information please contact:

Janice Logan, Programme Leader

jlogan@stcolumbashospice.org.uk   0131 551 7710


How to apply

To apply for the MSc in Person-Centred Practice (Palliative Care), the Postgraduate Certificate in Palliative Care or for an individual module please click here.

To apply for the Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care or an individual module please click here.

If you have any difficulties applying via the Queen Margaret University website, please contact:

            Sue Thorburn

            PA/Course Organiser

            0131 551 7710 or email: sthorburn@stcolumbashospice.org.uk


 

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