An inspiring programme for frontline healthcare professionals aiming to equip them to provide the best possible palliative and end of life care, has been developed by Edge Hill University and Queenscourt Hospice.
In Dying Matter Week, the partners share insight on their latest collaboration to develop new modules for the Master’s level programme for Integrated Palliative and End of Life Care.
The MSc will include the new End of Life Communication and Spiritual Care module, which is now completing its final stages of validation to commence in September 2020.
Professor Barbara Jack, Academic Programme Lead in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine, said:
“The passion of the students and hunger to learn how to provide the best care for their patients was amazing, and by the interactive mode of the course it was clear to see how they were already developing enhanced skills.”
Feedback so far from students has been positive about learning new skills. Staff already committed to working with patients approaching the end of life are using scenarios based around a fictional street and its families, to translate theory into practice in a very real way for them.
Dr Karen Groves, Medical and Education Director at Queenscourt Hospice, said:
“Palliative and end of life care is crucial to those who have need of it. We have only one chance to get it right for patients and their families and we know that many staff are very keen to do their very best. Yet many feel they do not have knowledge, confidence or skills to ensure the care they provide is ‘state of the art’. This interactive, clinically focused, course covers all the key components of holistic palliative and end of life care, to enable enthusiastic frontline professionals to provide the finest possible care for the patient and their family.”
Dr Groves, who was awarded an honorary doctorate by Edge Hill in 2012 in light of her compassion and links with the University, oversees the work of the hospice, a local charity that provides free, high-quality care for the people of West Lancashire, Southport and Formby.
She has worked closely with Professor Jack whose research interests focus on palliative, end of life care, spirituality and carers.
For more information about the MSc in Integrated Palliative and End of Life Care visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/courses/integrated-palliative-and-end-of-life-care-msc/