LTA Connect: Co-designing palliative and end of life care education in the BSc Nursing curriculum

Presented by Clare Carolan and Gareth Davies, this webinar reprted on the findings of an LTA Scholarship project into student nurses’ perceptions of teaching and learning relating to palliative and end of life care, and how any identified unmet needs could be met through curriculum co-design

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The national framework for palliative and end of life care (PEOLC) for all health and social care professionals working in Scotland was published by NHS Education Scotland (NES) in 2018. The framework outlines 4 skills levels: informed, skilled, enhanced and expert. The informed level outlines the knowledge and skills in PEOLC required by all health and social service workers regardless of their context of practice. Thus, all new BSc in nursing graduates should have an informed level of knowledge and skills in PEOLC.  Yet research reveals that current students, newly graduated students and practising nurses report a lack of knowledge and skills in PEOLC (Bassah et al. 2014) leaving them unprepared to care for the dying and bereaved.

This webinar will report on the findings of LTA-funded research project involving:

  • A survey of student nurses’ perceptions of their knowledge and skills in palliative and end of life care.
  • Developing a co-designed curriculum using participatory research workshops


Dr Clare Carolan (Lead researcher/PI), Lecturer in Department of Nursing, UHI. Clare is a practising GP with clinical and academic expertise in palliative care.  Clare was part of a short-life working group informing the development National Education Scotland’s ‘Enriching & improving experience’ framework, this is the new national palliative and end of life care educational framework for health and social care professionals. Clare’s research profile is available on PURE.

Dr Gareth Davies (Co-investigator) Lecturer and programme leader: M.Ed. Tertiary & Higher Education; M.Ed. Digital Pedagogy; and PgCert Research Methods.  Gareth is part of the Erasmus project team for AToM (Access to Masters) which has developed and tested bespoke software designed to help potential students make better informed applications for courses and programme teams make meaningful programme selection offers. AToM Website:

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Learner choice and personalisationReflective practice and continuous improvementEvidence-based educational practice

The UK Professional Standards Framework

By applying the learning from attending this webinar to professional practice, it could support evidence in the following areas of the UK Professional Standards Framework for those seeking Higher Education Academy (HEA) Recognition.

K2 Appropriate methods for teaching, learning and assessing in the subject area and at the level of the academic programme

V3 Use evidence-informed approaches and the outcomes from research, scholarship and continuing professional development

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