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University launches master’s in patient-centred care


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.

Queen Margaret University

University launches master’s in patient-centred care

Bill Lawson

“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.


Readers' comments (8)

  • FFS

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  • sounds good - hope it is good and gets put into practice.

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  • Would be interested in such a course here in Ireland

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  • michael stone

    There are many terms in use by clincians, which use normal words, but still 'tend to baffle me': 'person-centred practice' is one of them. Shared decision-making is another, as is the extension of 'palliative' beyond the meaning 'non curative'.

    I sent an e-mail to Bill Lawson last week, after reading this piece, asking him whether person-centred practice fits in with a model of EoL behaviour which I'm trying to promote. No reply, so far - but not much elapsed time, either.

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  • Stone. Why not look up nursing and medical philosophy and various models of care to answer some of your questions instead of persistently worrying busy professionals whose time is better spent elsewhere in and surrounding the care of patients. You seem to believe you have some god sent mission here whilst clearly showing your quest is for your own purely selfish ends which benefit nobody.

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  • michael stone

    ANONYMOUS 6 JUNE, 2016 1:03 PM

    If a layman needs to look the terms up, there is already a problem, as I described in my piece on Dignity in Care 'Argue the Toss: Necessary Specialist Terminology or Mysterious Confusing Language'.

    Links to DIC don't seem to paste properly here - not that I expect you to track the piece down, I think a Google search for

    Dignity in Care Necessary Specialist Terminology Mike Stone

    will probably point at the piece.

    Your final sentence is way off the mark - full stop.

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  • Stone. Not at all off the mark. We have followed your comments since you first started trolling these pages. You should go through them some time! As for the rest, if you don't understand its your problem! All the information is there but you need a professional education to understand it.

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  • michael stone

    Anonymous 7 June, 2016 0:06 am

    I posted a piece on DIC, suggesting that anyone with views about how the MCA is currently being implemented, should send them to Baroness Finlay's 'working group' trying to improve MCA implementation. I included in my piece, the following - you don't seem to grasp, that we all (and I mean everyone: patients, clinicians, family - EVERYONE) tend to 'live inside our own silos unless we invite outsiders in':

    I really do think it is important for patients, family and friends to get their experiences and perspectives to Baroness Finlay's group, because otherwise the professionals end up discussing the problems which seem the more important to them: and the most important problems, can seem different depending on whether you are a patient, a GP, a nurse, a family member supporting a patient, etc.

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