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Hospice offers new postgraduate training courses

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Saint Francis Hospice, in collaboration with London South Bank University, is offering new interdisciplinary postgraduate courses in palliative and end of life care.

The hospice, based in Romford on the London-Essex border, has launched a new Multi-Professional PG Cert, PG Dip and MSc in Palliative and End of Life Care

It said the courses aimed to advance and build upon students’ existing knowledge, skills, professional values and attitudes in order to “promote competence in caring for people with life-limiting illness”.

The underpinning philosophy of the courses will be based on enabling individuals to appraise current national and international research and evidence-based interventions to inform practice and service development, it said.

Teaching will be done using a “blended learning approach”, where student learning is facilitated through a combination of face to face teaching and delivery of content via digital and online media.

For example, a classroom lecture may be accompanied by online discussion boards or other online activities where students have the opportunity to interact and share experiences and knowledge with some element of student control over time, place and space.

The courses offer flexibility where students can choose to undertake the course on full-time or part-time basis, said the hospice.

Saint Francis Hospice

Hospice offers new postgraduate training courses

Claude Chidiac

They start with one year full-time or three to five years part-time modular study using a mix of face-to-face and online seminars, workshops and lectures. Students are then supervised to complete a research dissertation.

Claude Chidiac, the new course director for the MSc Palliative and End of Life Care, said: “I feel honoured to take part in this amazing opportunity to create future leaders in palliative care.

“This course not only promotes innovation through its interdisciplinary and blended learning approach, it also emphasises the importance of widening the scope of palliative care to include marginalised populations and people living with dementia and other non-malignant conditions,” he added.

The first cohort of the MSc Palliative and End of Life Care course will commence in September 2016.

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