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Palliative Medicine for Health Care Professionals

Cardiff University

36 months
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About

This multidisciplinary Palliative Medicine for Health Care Professionals programme from Cardiff University is designed for healthcare professionals wishing to advance their knowledge of the management of patients with non-curable and terminal illness.

Overview

The MSc in Palliative Medicine for Health Care Professionals from Cardiff University provides high quality distance education for clinicians working with neonates, children and adults in many different settings in all parts of the world. 

What you'll study

At the core of its design and delivery is the desire to improve patient outcomes wherever palliative care is practiced by its students and to enhance the quality of palliative care through research and quality improvement. 

Using the palliative care approach as defined by the World Health Assembly in 2014 (WHO 2014) is an increasingly important imperative for health care professionals throughout the world in order to meet the palliative care needs of their populations. Although cancer as a burden of disease remains an issue globally, there are rising numbers of patients, including neonates and children, with palliative care needs from other conditions. These include learning disability, dementia, frailty and elderly people with multiple co-morbidities.  

The vision of the course is to improve patient care by delivering accessible, effective education through which we aim to support health-care professionals to develop, share and extend their knowledge, understanding and application of evidence based medicine, best practice and governance frameworks in palliative care appropriate to their own professional settings.  

The taught stages (years 1 and 2) cover the core understanding, frameworks, challenges and research evidence relevant to optimising and developing the practice of palliative medicine and palliative care. The MSc (year 3) provides the opportunity for students to identify an issue of importance in their own practice and carry out an evidence based project intended to contribute to knowledge and practice in palliative medicine and palliative care. 

Career prospects

This programme is suitable for those who wish to increase their knowledge of palliative medicine in order to help improve patient care.

This Masters programme enables you to demonstrate you are taking the opportunity to develop your abilities in critical analysis, problem-solving, decision-making, finding and using evidence and in dealing with complex issues. Whilst we do not formally assess clinical skills or competencies in a face-to-face context (so the programme is not a substitute for a formal specialty training programme), studying at this level should help successful students demonstrate numerous academic skills that should be highly regarded in relation to their career development and progression. 

In particular, the programme offers opportunities to demonstrate the development of knowledge and skills in relation to the application of evidence-based medicine and the potential enhancement of services and governance frameworks. As such, it should provide evidence of commitment and potential that may assist you in relation to taking on greater responsibilities or perhaps seeking management, research, scholarship, or leadership roles.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Palliative Care: Core Skills and Pain Management
  • Physical Symptom Management (excluding Pain Management)
  • Care in the Last Year of Life
  • Palliative Care where you Work
  • Making a Difference: Developing Palliative Care Services and Implementing Change
  • Dissertation: Palliative Medicine for Health Care Professionals

Key information

Duration

  • Part-time
    • 36 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

180 alternative credits

Delivered

Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

You will typically:

  • Be graduates in medicine or a profession allied to medicine (nursing, physiotherapy, occupation therapy, pharmacy and dentistry), or nurses with the RGN qualification.
AND 
  • Have current professional registration with the appropriate health professional regulatory body for their chosen health care profession prior to and for the full duration of the programme.
AND 
  • Be currently working in a clinical role including caring for patients with palliative care needs and having gained at least 2 years’ post-qualification experience in this setting.
  • You will need to provide a personal statement that is relevant to your application. Tell us why you wish to follow this programme, what benefits you expect to gain from it, and what skills and experience you possess that make you a suitable applicant. 

Work experience

You will need to confirm in your personal statement that you are currently working in a clinical role, including caring for patients with palliative care needs, and have at least 2 years’ post-registration experience.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    7850 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7850 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    4850 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4850 GBP per year during 36 months.

Funding

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