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Exploring current provision and the future design of children’s palliative care education for nurses.


Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

About the Project

Palliative care for children and young people is an active family-centred model of care that addresses the complex needs and high burden of symptoms associated with children’s life-limiting conditions. To meet these needs nurses must be proficient in the provision of complex physical, social and emotional care for the child and family including end of life and bereavement care.

Globally there are an estimated 21.5 million children who would benefit from palliative care. The World Health Organisation has recognised that although palliative care provides the best possible support for children with life-threatening illness there are widespread misconceptions about palliative care for children that prevent it being integrated into universal models of care and lack of education for professionals is at the root of this problem.

The nurse’s role is ubiquitous with children’s palliative care and nurse education in this field is a key priority. To date, how best to develop models of children’s palliative care education in nursing programmes has been inadequately examined and requires urgent attention.
This study will explore the current provision of children’s palliative care education for nurses and will seek the perspectives of children’s palliative care nurses, practitioners, academics, stakeholders and policymakers to inform the co-design of a model of children’s palliative care nurse education.

In the first year the student will conduct a literature review and scoping exercise to refine the study and commence the project set-up. In the second year the student will conduct interviews & focus groups with children’s palliative care nurses, practitioners, academics, stakeholders and policymakers to co-design a model of children’s palliative care nurse education. The third year will focus on data analysis, thesis preparation, writing journal papers and other dissemination activities. The successful student will have the opportunity to develop the project in relation to their own interests with supervisory guidance.

Candidates are expected to hold, or be about to obtain, a minimum upper-second (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in the social sciences, health sciences or related areas. A related Masters qualification with a significant element of health/social research training methods and/or substantial (>2 years) research experience would be desirable.

The successful candidate will be expected to have a passion for working in research and a keen interest in palliative care and nurse education. A good understanding and some experience of children’s palliative care is welcome but not essential.

For information on how to apply for this project, please visit the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health Doctoral Academy website (https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/study/research/apply/). Informal enquiries may be made directly to the primary supervisor.


For international students we also offer a unique 4 year PhD programme that gives you the opportunity to undertake an accredited Teaching Certificate whilst carrying out an independent research project across a range of biological, medical and health sciences. For more information please visit http://www.internationalphd.manchester.ac.uk


Funding Notes

Applications are invited from self-funded students. This project has a Band 1 fee. Details of our different fee bands can be found on our website (View Website). For information on how to apply for this project, please visit the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health Doctoral Academy website (View Website).

As an equal opportunities institution we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit.

References

European Association for Palliative Care (EPAC) Core Competencies for education in Paediatric Palliative Care. EPAC 2013.
International Children’s Palliative Care Network ( ICPCN) statistics http://www.icpcn.org/some-icpcn-statistics/
International Children’s Palliative Care Network ( ICPCN)Global History of Children’s Palliative Care. http://www.icpcn.org/a-global-history-of-childrens-palliative-care/

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