Nursing academics at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh have launched Scotland’s first master’s degree in “person-centred practice”.
The university claims it is putting “person-centred practice” at the heart of education in an effort to make “positive and lasting” changes to Scotland’s health and social care sector.
The new MSc is designed to meet the professional needs of practitioners from all disciplines working in a variety of different health and social care settings, said the university.
It expects the programme will specifically appeal to health and social care practitioners working in gerontology, dementia care, public health, long-term conditions and palliative care.
It said it had developed a framework with a “suite of course routes” to offer practitioners the chance to build on their “experience and develop an understanding of the knowledge and evidence that positively contribute to the health and wellbeing of persons, groups and populations”.
Bill Lawson, programme leader for the MSc Person-Centered Practice, said: “Our new programme aims to enable practitioners from different work backgrounds to contribute to the health and wellbeing of persons, groups and populations in a way that is consistent with the values of person-centredness.
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“Students can personalise their learning to their own situation, whether it’s mental health, social care, infection control, acute care and community health,” he said.
Those teaching the programme include head of the university’s nursing division Professor Brendan McCormack, who said it was “paving the way” for a new strategic direction within his department.
“We’re confident that students undertaking the MSc Person-Centred Practice will have a positive influence on the health and social care sector across Scotland and beyond,” he said.
NHS Scotland and the Scottish government have previously made a strategic priority of delivering person-centred care.
Working in partnership with people, carers and families to deliver care which meets their needs is a key part of their 20/20 Vision for Health and Social Care.