PATCH funds its first MSc in palliative care for nurse working in the acute setting

PATCH is delighted to support its first student in their palliative care education based at St Columba's Hospice in Edinburgh.

A key aim of PATCH is to support palliative care education in the hospital setting. PATCH is therefore delighted to support Jane Davis, a staff nurse working in the hepatobiliary surgical ward in the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, to do an MSc in palliative care based at St Columba’s hospice in Edinburgh.

Jane had already completed one module and PATCH was happy to support the remainder. Ward 107 in the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary has recently established a palliative care group under the direction of ward sister Kirstie Tinkler and PATCH is especially pleased to be able, in a small way, to be associated with ERI.

The MSc in Palliative Care is run in partnership with Queen Margaret University and is designed for experienced practitioners from all disciplines involved in the care of patients and their families in the palliative care phase of illness. It is an interdisciplinary programme that has been designed for maximum flexibility. Students can do single modules for continuing professional development, four specialist modules for the Post Graduate Certificate or eight modules for the Post Graduate Diploma. Eight modules and the work based dissertation leads to the MSc in Palliative Care.

Also run in partnership with Queen Margaret University is The Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care, again designed to provide a flexible approach to study. It consists of three 20 point degree level modules and can be undertaken by students with or without a degree. The Graduate Certificate is achieved by completion of the three modules. The modules can also be accessed and used for degree completion or individual modules can be accessed for Continuing Professional Development.

Further information about either of the above programmes of study can be obtained from:

In addition PATCH will be discussing with St Columba’s Hospice how we can further support any modules tailored specifically for staff working in hospital.