Person-centred Practice and Post-Registration Nursing

The postgraduate portfolio which includes the MSc Person-Centred Practice Framework reflects the burgeoning focus on person-centredness set within the contemporary context of health and social care integration and the health and wellbeing agenda. This reflects professional and service needs as identified by the relevant professional bodies, other stakeholders and policy drivers.

The Framework offers practitioners from different contexts the opportunity to develop their studies and to enhance their knowledge and expertise of person-centred practice through a flexible structure, designed to meet their needs and those of the wider community.

We live and work in a multi-professional and multi-faceted health and social care environment. The need to be cognisant and masterful in dealing with the concepts of research, enquiry, abstraction and unpredictability has seldom been so important. The challenge of promoting person-centredness in such an environment requires skilled and talented practitioners who can operate in advanced clinical, educational, managerial and research-based roles.

Why QMU?

What better place to study than at an institution recognised nationally and internationally for its healthcare education. The team at QMU is working at national and international level to develop the role and reputation of nursing and healthcare throughout the world. With collaborations in many countries across the globe, QMU has developed a reputation as a major contributor to practicedevelopment on an international basis. Students on our master’s courses also reap the benefits of learning with students from other cultures. As a postgraduate student, the opportunities to gain invaluable experience through applying your learning directly to your workplace allow you to contribute to the modernisation of healthcare and nursing globally.

QMU is a leading provider of master’s level studies in Scotland. We offer a MSc Person-centred Practice Framework which incorporates the:

  • MSc Person-Centred Practice (PcP);
  • MSc/PgDip/PgCert Person-Centred Practice (Public Health and Wellbeing);
  • MSc/ PgDip/ PgCert Person-Centred Practice (Palliative Care)(in partnership with St Columba’s Hospice);
  • PgDip Person-Centred Practice (District Nursing);
  • PgDip Person-Centred Practice (Health Visiting) and
  • PgDip Person-Centred Practice (School Nursing).

Future routes under development (and subject to validation) for a 2018 entry include MSc/PgDip/PgCert Person-Centred Practice (Mental Health) and MSc/PgDip/PgCert Person-Centred Practice (Dementia Awareness from a Human Rights Approach). Details of these will be posted on our website when available.

We also contribute to the core modules for the MSc Professional and Higher Education which gives recording of teacher qualifications with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

These courses focus on the application of knowledge to practice through offering sound work-based elements which are clinically focused and practice orientated to ensure participants can maximise and focus their learning in their own specialist areas. We also offer the MSc Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and a new PgCert Public Health and Wellbeing.

All of our modules can be taken as stand-alone CPD modules, where you register as an associate student to study single modules as CPD, that can be packaged to offer you either a degree top-up or graduate certificate award.

We have close links with the healthcare industry in Scotland, across the UK and internationally. Our internal experts have many years of experience in education, practice research and policy. They ensure that there is a real focus on the individual student’s future working needs embedded into the postgraduate study.

Industry links

By maintaining very close links with the healthcare industry, we ensure that our courses are current and relevant. The linking of your experiences as a nurse with academic study allows for the development of an understanding of the key issues affecting nursing in today’s fast changing and complex healthcare world. Study is based on real situations drawing on your own invaluable experience of nursing and healthcare working in Scotland, the UK and international healthcare sectors.

Our approach to learning and teaching

The learning and teaching approaches for our courses are underpinned and informed by three core values central to student-centred education:

  • Each individual’s learning and practice experience and the context in which that learning occurs is significant. It enables the student to make explicit their values, question and defend assumptions and learn from experience and feedback.
  • We value and capitalise on the individual diversity of our students and the richness that their knowledge brings to learning.
  • We recognise that learning is a lifelong process for both students and educators.

Focusing on the processes of learning is fundamental to our learning and teaching approaches. You will be expected to draw on your previous knowledge and skills to inform your postgraduate study and will benefit from a variety of interesting ways to participate and share experiences and opinions with your peers. This is achieved through the provision of a facilitative environment, which encourages reflection and sharing of knowledge and experiences as a basis for personal and professional growth, along with use of humanistic and adult learning theories that promote valuing and respect of others, relevance of learning and recognition of emotional aspects of learning.

Our commitment to scholarship and effective feedback will aid you in the development of new ideas and theories and lead to a questioning and analytical approach. We aim to develop your ability to challenge conventional assumptions and we actively encourage students to develop collaborative partnerships both internally and externally that will feed the healthcare sector of the future.

The learning methodologies we use focus on discussion, debate, collaborative and individual approaches to problem solving and management. Our aim is to produce enlightened and focused nursing professionals equipped to deal with the challenges of working in a complex and ever changing healthcare sector.

Research

Our research at QMU concentrates on the advancing of knowledge, leadership, skills and expertise in developing practice and improving health outcomes for patients and families. Our research focuses on four pillars of activity:

  • Services for older people with a specific focus on dementia care;
  • Management of long-term conditions;
  • Public health and wellness across the lifespan and
  • Palliative and end of life care.

Overall, our research is practice-focused and driven by our commitment to the development of person-centred services.

Career prospects and guideline salaries

Postgraduate study opens up a multitude of career opportunities as well as facilitating CPD for those already employed within the healthcare sector. It is possible to take individual modules or the PgCert or PgDip as part of your ongoing career and personal development.

Previous students have gone on to careers in advanced clinical practice, public health practice, government, education, management, business and research.

We prepare our students for the challenges of the 21st century and actively encourage aspiration to higher levels of the nursing profession.

 

 

 

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