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This M.Sc. in Palliative Care is open to a wide range of professionals who have experience in delivering a palliative care approach within practice within the last two years. The aim of this inter-disciplinary course is to provide an opportunity for students to develop a comprehensive academic and evidence based approach to their practice and to critically explore and critique palliative care service provision. For the duration of the course| students need to be employed in an area where the principles of palliative care are operationalised when caring for individuals with life threatening illness and their families.
Practice is an integral component to the MSc Palliative Care course and as such, students are required to engage in critical analysis of their practice in relation to applying the principles of Ethics and Law, Research, Pain and Symptom Management and Psycho Social Care. Students engaging in this course will concurrently be providing care to persons with Palliative Care needs and their families, at their usual (or base) clinical site. In addition, and in order to expand on students' knowledge and experience in Palliative Care, a total of one hundred and twenty hours of supernumerary clinical placements will be established with the co-operation of clinical sites within and beyond St Francis Hospice services. The difference in client caseload that each site offers will further enhance the richness of clinical exposure for the student and challenge their ability to adapt their clinical skills to match a variety of client groups. These placements will take place across a variety of clinical placement sites and may include:
* Specialist Palliative Care
* Paediatric Palliative Care
* Palliative Care of Individuals with Intellectual Disability and/or dementia.
2 years part-time.
The programme commences with one full study week and continues with one to two days contact per week, for the academic year. In addition, a blended learning approach is utilised in the delivery of theoretical content, including lectures, group discussion, WebCT and self directed learning. Students undertake a total of one hundred and twenty hours of supernumerary clinical placements, in various care settings, relevant to the speciality of palliative care. The assessment process used is a combination of written and practical assignments.
Year one of the part-time taught masters course starts with a full week on Monday 16th September 2013 and continues with classes on the following Thursdays until 12 December 2013. There is a break then before it recommences on 16 January 2014 and continues on Thursdays until the end of March or early April. There is some web-based learning involved.
Attendance in Year 2 of M.Sc. courses involves attending a selection of workshops run from September to March. (The last workshop is actually on 26 February 2014.) These workshops are designed to support students as they progress through the various stages of their final year dissertation. Students will be free to attend any of the workshops on offer. At the end of Year 2, M.Sc. students will produce a dissertation on a chosen subject related to their field of study.
Teaching of the clinical specialist modules takes places on clinical sites for the most part.