Postgraduate Taught

MSc/ PgDip Person-Centred Practice (Palliative Care)

Do you want to build on your experience as a health or social care practitioner? Are you keen to develop an understanding of the knowledge and evidence that positively contribute to the health and wellbeing of persons, groups and populations? Our innovative Person-Centred Practice (PCP) Framework offers a flexible suite of course routes that will give you a valuable, career-expanding qualification in person-centred practice.

With part-time and full-time options, the Person-centred Practice Framework is suitable for international, United Kingdom and local practitioners who wish to further develop critical thinking, professional reasoning and research knowledge and skills to develop practice in a way that is informed by evidence and that is person-centred.

This course is for graduates and practitioners who wish to develop their careers in the broad field of palliative care. 

Why QMU?

  • You will engage with contemporary, creative and interactive learning approaches that are designed to help you thrive in your studies.
  • You will learn from passionate and internationally renowned personcentred practice academics including Professor Brendan McCormack and Professor Jan
    Dewing.
  • Flexible pathways, allowing you to personalise your learning to your own situation.
  • More Person-Centred Practice routes may be available. Please check our website for updates.

Course overview

This framework is for graduates and practitioners who wish to develop their careers in the broad field of health and care systems. You can personalise your learning to your own situation, for example, mental health, social care, infection control, acute care or community health. You can also sign up to study single modules.

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registered nurses already working in, or wishing to work in, the community can undertake a specified group of modules that allows them to achieve a community qualification or registration recognised by the NMC in District Nursing, Health Visiting or School Nursing.

There are two core modules that you undertake to enable you to work towards a PgCert. You then have the option to study modules that are appropriate to your desired option or professional background.

The routes in the Person-Centred Practice Framework seek to influence and enable the transformative processes of personal and professional development through engagement, facilitation and evaluation of personcentred teaching and learning approaches. It is designed to meet the professional needs of practitioners from all disciplines working in a variety of different health and care system settings. The framework is innovative and interactive, emphasising application of theory to your practice context. It will enable you to critically engage with, evaluate and synthesise the evidence and research to promote the development and enhancement of person-centred culture and practice. This develops a pro-active, transformative and reflective approach to meeting the health and social needs of individuals, families, groups and populations.

We are proud of the varied and progressive approaches to learning which we offer and international students are particularly welcome to apply.

Exit awards

MSc (180 credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)/ PgCert (60 credits)

Structure

To obtain a specific postgraduate award at QMU you must complete a number of credit-bearing modules. You can exit all routes with a PgCert or PgDip, and some courses also offer an MSc. You can also register as an associate student to complete a single module for CPD. On completion of a single module, you may wish to complete further modules and progress your studies to a named award.rd.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Our teaching, learning and assessment strategy is framed by our core philosophical concepts of personhood, person-centredness, human valuing, healthful relations, human potential and development, and supportive and enabling environments. Central to this strategy is the need for learners to engage in the learning experiences, a readiness to listen and explore, preparedness to be open to experiences and a resolve to keep going. This environment will generate an ethos of engagement where students can explore and challenge theories, practices and different sources of knowledge creatively in an atmosphere of high challenge and high support.

Students will be supported to challenge their thinking, values and beliefs, through the posing of complex activities and questions, and develop resilient and sustainable approaches to their learning and practice in response to these. Critical to this process is the use of diverse knowledge, scholarly inquiry processes and evidence-informed materials to engage and enliven the processes of learning. Assessment strategies will encourage application to practice. This will be achieved through the use of varied strategies that draw on the student’s own areas of practice such as portfolio development, practice proposals, annotated bibliographies, simulation events, games,  seminar presentations and self-determined contextual assignment topics. Tutor, peer and self-assessment, including within virtual environments (e.g. HUB@QMU), will be an important component of approaches to formative and summative assessment. For students undertaking NMC-recognised specialist qualification and registration (District Nursing, Health Visiting, School Nursing), the course is 50% practice-based and requires placement in an approved practice. To support learners in their practice learning environment they will be assigned to a Practice Supervisor and a Practice Assessor. Placement will be negotiated with your supporting NHS area.

Teaching hours and attendance

Your attendance requirements at QMU will depend on the module you are studying and whether you are studying full-time or part-time.

Links with industry/ professional bodies

These routes allow you to gain the level of knowledge and skills required for advanced practice. They do not receive accreditation with the NMC unless students are undertaking the Specialist Practitioner Qualification in District Nursing or registration as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN).

Modules

ROUTE 1:

Shadows and Horizons: Advancing Palliative Care practice (20 credits): 
To enable learners to critically reflect on the history and philosophy of palliative care, drawing on different sources of knowledge, and demonstrate a proactive approach to practice in the political context. To advance knowledge and skills of evidence informed practice
A Person centred approach to working with People with complex pain and symptoms (20 credits): 
To enable the learner to critically evaluate and develop a person-centred way of being in relation to caring for people with complex pain and symptoms as a result of advanced, progressive malignant/non-malignant disease. Advance knowledge and skills of evidence-informed practice, drawing on different sources of knowledge to enhance palliative care practice.
Building a therapeutic relationship with people who have palliative care needs (20 credits): 
To explore the experience of illness, death and bereavement for people who have palliative care needs and team members in a multicultural context and use an evidence-base to develop creative and collaborative responses. To enable the learner to develop advanced communication skills with people who have palliative care needs and the interdisciplinary team.
Theory and Practice of Person-centred Health and Wellbeing (20 credits): 
Develop a critical understanding of person, people & populations across the lifespan, working collaboratively in person-centred ways and drawing on different sources of knowledge to enhance health & wellbeing. Advance knowledge and skills of evidence-informed practice as a facilitator of person-centred cultures to enhance health & wellbeing of person, people and populations.
Leading Person-centred Practice for Health and Wellbeing (20 credits): 
To lead and innovate collaborative ways of working that are consistent with the values of person-centredness, evidence generation and implementation of health and wellbeing approaches for healthful cultures.
Making Judgements and Decisions in Practice (20 credits): 
To enable you to examine and evaluate judgement and decision making processes in practice, drawing on robust evidence; demonstrating active engagement with contemporary and relational ethics.
Dissertation (60 credits): 
Enable students to build upon the person-centred practice and subject-specific pathway modules todevelop and apply the skills of research and enquiry to a self-selected topic which contributes and advances understanding to a subject, field or profession. Engage students in study which demands a professional approach, academic rigour, independence, leadership and self-direction.

ROUTE 2:

A Person centred approach to working with People with complex pain and symptoms (20 credits): 
To enable the learner to critically evaluate and develop a person-centred way of being in relation to caring for people with complex pain and symptoms as a result of advanced, progressive malignant/non-malignant disease. Advance knowledge and skills of evidence-informed practice, drawing on different sources of knowledge to enhance palliative care practice.
Theory and Practice of Person-centred Health and Wellbeing (20 credits): 
Develop a critical understanding of person, people & populations across the lifespan, working collaboratively in person-centred ways and drawing on different sources of knowledge to enhance health & wellbeing. Advance knowledge and skills of evidence-informed practice as a facilitator of person-centred cultures to enhance health & wellbeing of person, people and populations.
Leading Person-centred Practice for Health and Wellbeing (20 credits): 
To lead and innovate collaborative ways of working that are consistent with the values of person-centredness, evidence generation and implementation of health and wellbeing approaches for healthful cultures.
Advancing Practice in Clinical Assessment (20 credits): 
The aim of the module is to give learners the opportunity to develop and enhance their theoretical knowledge and demonstrate competence in applying evidence based practice and skills in systematic patient assessment, differential diagnosis and the development of the patient treat mentor management plan, in partnership with the client.
Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Health Care Professionals (40 credits): 
To prepare Health Care Professionals (nurses, midwives and AHPs) to prescribe safely and competently within the context of their professional role as independent and/or supplementary prescribers 17.
Dissertation (60 credits): 
Enable students to build upon the person-centred practice and subject-specific pathway modules to develop and apply the skills of research and enquiry to a self-selected topic which contributes and advances understanding to a subject, field or profession. Engage students in study which demands a professional approach, academic rigour, independence, leadership and self-direction.

The modules listed are correct at time of posting (March 2021) but are subject to change. In the event that modules change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact on students.

Single modules for CPD

Careers

Graduates have taken up advanced specialist practice and leadership roles within their specialist field of practice.

Entry requirements

Candidates will normally be graduates with evidence of relevant recent academic study.

International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.5 with no individual component score less than 6.0

Application deadline

None

More information and contacts

For single modules and the MSc, contact Julie Young. For the PgDip, contact Alison Bacigalupo.  

You can also contact Admissions

Fees and transitionary scholarships for postgraduate EU students in 21/22 and 22/23

As part of our management of the Brexit transition, for many of our courses, including this one, we have introduced an EU transitional scholarship for EU full-time postgraduate students commencing their studies on campus in academic years 2021/22 and 2022/23. This provides a 40% discount on international tuition fees. The scholarship is available to EU students for whom the international fee rate applies and covers the courses marked with a # in the Postgraduate Fees – Full-Time Study section of our Fees page. This transitional scholarship is not applicable to students from the Republic of Ireland, who will continue to be eligible for the home fee rate.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2021/22 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).