Ireland is experiencing a demographic transition. As the percentage of older people in the population rises and life expectancy increases, it is imperative that care is provided which meets need and also demonstrates high quality outcomes. Acknowledging this, the Master of Science (MSc Person Centred Care) seeks to develop valuable knowledge and skills to meet the needs of older people and to develop areas of clinical leadership and practical research methods that can be applied in the workplace.
The MSc in Person Centred Care (Older People) older is an academic and clinically based programme designed for students who wish to deepen and broaden their knowledge and expertise in order to act as clinical leaders in healthcare related to older people.The programme builds upon and advances students' existing knowledge, skills and values to promote students' capacities for critical thinking and critical self-appraisal. This purpose of the programme is to advance the students' sense of professional awareness and commitment and the sense of professional responsibility and accountability, and to enable students to value learning as a continuous and a necessary process in the context of their professional role. The MSc Person Centred Care (Older People) programme of study fosters a questioning approach to both knowledge development and professional issues pertinent to contemporary practice in health care related to older people. The programme is concerned with the promotion, enhancement and maintenance of the health of older people across multiple settings. The MSc Person Centred Care (Older People) emphaises that the context of individual, family, social groupings and cultures influence the life experiences of older people and that healthcare practitioners have a social responsibility to promote health.
The programme values a questioning approach to both knowledge development and professional issues pertinent to contemporary practice in health care related to older people. Students' lateral thinking ability is valued in order to enable them to identify links between ideas and to understand the wider epistemological debates and social processes within which theory and clinical practice are embedded. This is achieved through the continuous development of lifelong learning for the personal and professional development of knowledge, skills/competencies and attitudes over the duration of the programme leading to a level 9 award. This programme provides nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills to articulate and investigate their professional contribution to health and social care. While focusing on distinctive specialist theory and research, the students know that leadership demands both the ability to make sound clinical decisions and the wisdom to step back and analyze the health care environment in which they work. They are committed to shaping the future of their profession. Cognisant of recent developments in health care and the need to identify the distinct disciplinary and interdisciplinary contribution to health and well-being, this programme is built on a sound interdisciplinary base, enabling professionals to participate as full members of the healthcare team.
Education on the MSc Person Centred Care (Older People) is a social process that leads to professional development and personal growth of students. It is a process that views students as the focus of the teaching-learning process, seeking to develop the capacity for self-directed, autonomous learning and to engender a willingness to continue life-long learning. A wide variety of pedagogical to teaching, learning and assessment enhance students' experience, encouraging the incremental development and learning. Learning takes place in multiple environments across the university and clinical practice environment. Key approaches to teaching and learning are student centred (Rogers 1969) underpinned by Knowles (1989) theory of adult learning. Students are encouraged to engage in professional and personal development through reflective practice (Schon 1959).
1. critically analyse knowledge, philosophy and practice informed by specialist practice in older people and contextualized in both health and social care
2. apply best practice care interventions and /or new insights informed by evidenced based knowledge in the context of older people
3. demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of health and social care related research across a variety of settings.
4. integrate and consolidate competency and skills in older people care
5. reflect and display insights of specialist care of older people in the context of collaborative intra-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary care delivery
6. display an enhanced understanding of the principles related to patient safety, leadership and quality care.
7. self-evaluate and take responsibility for continuing academic and professional development