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Widening Participation The development of a collaborative undergraduate programme. Liz Travers Senior Lecturer Marie Curie Education Service. Introduction.

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widening participation the development of a collaborative undergraduate programme

Widening Participation The development of a collaborative undergraduate programme

Liz Travers

Senior Lecturer

Marie Curie Education Service

introduction
Introduction
  • A key strategic objective of the MCES is to deliver high quality cancer and palliative care education to health professionals within and out-with the charity
    • Discuss the development of our collaborative undergraduate programme
    • Share its successes
    • Offer case examples
    • Consider the future
programme development
Programme Development
  • 1998 – MCES (Scotland) identified need for undergraduate opportunities in cancer and palliative care and approached Napier University
  • Programme launched in 1999
  • Current programme re-validated in 2002
    • Multi-professional approach
    • Incorporated work based learning and PBL modules
    • Improved content and assessment strategy
    • Introduced double modules
programme aims
Programme Aims
  • To develop practitioners with graduate level skills in reflection, critical analysis, research, problem solving and decision making to meet the challenges of cancer and palliative care practice
  • To deepen students’ knowledge, understanding and analysis of issues in cancer and palliative care
  • To encourage an holistic evidence based approach which recognises the diverse and complex needs of patients with cancer and other life threatening conditions
  • To offer a platform for future academic and professional development
current programme 2002 2007
Current Programme – 2002:2007
  • Offers 2 exit points
    • Diploma of Higher Education in Cancer and Palliative Care
    • BSc Cancer and Palliative Care
  • Most modules involve attendance at 4 study days
  • The study days are supported by Guided Open Learning Materials
  • The programme was designed to be accessible to practitioners and acknowledges the needs of adult learners
comments
Students

Content relevant to practice

Open learning materials are a good resource

Meets their professional needs

Do not have to use annual leave – easier to get managers on board

Managers

Less time away from clinical area

Relevant content – encourages reflection on practice and transferable skills

Meets clinical standards

Meets organisational development needs

Comments
case study 1
Case Study (1)
  • RN – qualified pre 1992 scheme
  • Working in palliative care since 1994
  • No accredited education since qualification
  • Commenced Diploma programme:1999
  • Moved onto Degree programme:2001
  • Graduated 2005 with University medal
  • Article being published in a peer reviewed journal: November 2005
case study 2
Case Study (2)
  • Nurse working in oncology unit
  • Qualified in 2003
  • MC option chosen to ‘top up’ to degree
  • 60 credits required = 4 modules
  • Awarded BSc in Cancer and Palliative Care 2005
case study 3
Case Study (3)
  • Qualified Occupational Therapist with OT diploma awarded in 1986
  • Now working in Palliative care
  • Commenced Degree programme in Oct 03
  • 120 credits required – still on programme
future developments
Future Developments
  • How do we make our programme even more accessible and flexible to practitioners?
    • Online component
    • Clinically relevant content (multidisciplinary)
    • Reduction in face to face days
    • Use of videoconferencing
    • Addition of new delivery sites
    • Novel assessment strategies
    • Recognition of prior learning
summary
Summary
  • Health professionals need access to programmes of study that take into account
    • Their work commitment
    • Their family commitment
    • Their professional needs
    • The needs of their organisation
    • Principles of life long learning
widening participation through flexible provision
Widening Participation through Flexible Provision

Thank you for your time and attention – additional information on MCCC programmes of study can be accessed from:

http://www.mariecurie.org.uk/healthcare/education.html

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