Stories from Ivy Street transforming palliative and end of life care
HEALTH care professionals are
completing studies about the best in palliative and end of life care thanks
to a partnership between QueensCourt Hospice, Southport, and Edge Hill
University in Ormskirk. The master's level module, Transforming Integrated Palliative
and End of Life Care, saw its 1st intake of students in March 2016. 25 students including nurses, doctors and physiotherapists
enrolled on the course. They included 13 staff from Southport and Ormskirk
Hospital NHS Trust as well the Hospice. Students use scenarios based around Ivy Street, a fictional
community, and its families to translate theory into practice, considering
the available evidence and how to put it into practice and developing their
knowledge, skills and confidence.
Dr Karen Groves is Consultant in Palliative Care at the Trust
and Medical and Education Director at QueensCourt. She said:-
"Palliative and end of life care is crucial to those who need it and we have only one chance to get it right for patients and their families. We know staff are keen to do their very best yet many feel
they don't have knowledge, confidence or skills to ensure their care is the
very best. This interactive, clinically focused, course covers all the
key components of holistic palliative and end of life care, to enable
enthusiastic frontline professionals to provide the finest possible care for
the patient and their family."
Prof Barbara Jack, Head of Research in the Faculty of Health
and Social Care at Edge Hill University, said:- "The passion of the
students, and hunger to learn how to provide the best care for their
patients, was amazing. The interactive nature of the course shows how they
are already developing enhanced skills."
feedback suggests students are excited, enthused, well supported and
"champing at the bit" to learn new skills,
said Dr Groves. As 1 participant put it:- "I have done many master's modules but never
1 quite like this!"
Dr Groves added:- "QueensCourt is in its silver jubilee
year. With the help and support of Edge Hill, it is creating a lasting
educational legacy for its next 25 years, which will benefit the people of
West Lancashire, Southport and Formby, as well as those farther afield."
The next course will run in February 2018. For further
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