PATCH is delighted to support Carol Ann Smith, a staff nurse working in the hepatobiliary surgical ward in the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. Congratulations Carol Ann.
She is the second nurse in ward 107 to be funded by PATCH to develop their palliative care knowledge and skills – staff nurse Jane Davis is presently doing her MSc.
Carol Ann already leads the ward’s Compassionate Care approach and will be actively involved in the new palliative care group within surgery.
Under Senior Charge Nurse Kirsty Tinkler’s leadership, nurses are being supported and encouraged to develop their palliative care expertise in the busy environment of an acute surgical ward.
The Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care
The Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care, is run by St Columba’s Hospice in partnership with Queen Margaret University. The course can be taken by students with or without a degree and involves three degree level modules include pain and symptom control, listening and talking with patients and their family and the psychosocial aspects of caring for the patient and family. The modules can also be accessed and used for degree completion or individual modules can be accessed for Continuing Professional Development.
For further information about palliative care courses for staff working in the acute setting contact:
- Janice Logan, Programme Leader MSc and Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care
- 0131 551 7710