Carol Ann Smith, who works in an acute surgical ward in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, recently graduated with a certificate in palliative care. The funding for her course, which is organized by St Columba’s Hospice and Queen Margaret University Edinburgh, was provided by PATCH.
PATCH aims to enhance the palliative care skills of nurses working in acute wards in hospitals. If more than one nurse in the ward has such additional training, it will help spread palliative care practice in areas where the busy pace plus complex decision making, can make the delivery of palliative care challenging.
Carol has kindly provided us with feedback about her experience in studying the course.