Taught course

Palliative Medicine for Health Care Professionals

Institution
Cardiff University · School of Medicine
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

In addition to satisfying the requirements of the Cardiff University General Entrance Requirement, at the discretion of the relevant Board of Studies, applicants must normally:

  • Be graduates in medicine or a profession allied to medicine (nursing, physiotherapy, occupation therapy, pharmacy and dentistry), or nurses with the RGN qualification; and
  • Have current professional registration with the appropriate health professional regulatory body for their chosen health care profession; and
  • Be working in a clinical role including caring for patients with palliative care needs and having gained at least 2 years’ post-qualification experience in this setting.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The MSc in Palliative Medicine for Health Care Professionals provides high quality distance education for clinicians working with neonates, children and adults in many different settings in all parts of the world. At the core of its design and delivery is the desire to improve patient outcomes wherever palliative care is practiced by its students and to enhance the quality of palliative care through research and quality improvement.

Using the palliative care approach as defined by the World Health Assembly in 2014 (WHO 2014) is an increasingly important imperative for health care professionals throughout the world in order to meet the palliative care needs of their populations. Although cancer as a burden of disease remains an issue globally, there are rising numbers of patients, including neonates and children, with palliative care needs from other conditions. These include learning disability, dementia, frailty and elderly people with multiple co-morbidities.

The vision of the course is to improve patient care by delivering accessible education through which we aim to support health-care professionals to develop, share and extend their knowledge, understanding and application of evidence based medicine, best practice and governance frameworks in palliative care appropriate to their own professional settings.

The taught stages (years 1 and 2) cover the core understanding, frameworks, challenges and research evidence relevant to optimising and developing the practice of palliative medicine and palliative care. The MSc (year 3) provides the opportunity for students to identify an issue of importance in their own practice and carry out an evidence based project intended to contribute to knowledge and practice in palliative medicine and palliative care.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

distance learning
36 months
online
36 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Admissions
Email
pgtmedadmissions@cardiff.ac.uk