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Queen Margaret University to offer master’s degree in person‑centred practice

A master’s degree that introduces nurses to the concept of person‑centred practice has been launched by Queen Margaret University.

The university’s centre for person-centred practice research will run six courses on placing ‘the person’ at the heart of all decision making.

Leading academic in person-centred research Brendan McCormack spent a year designing the degree course and is a member of the teaching faculty at the university.

Heart of nursing

He explained that, while most master’s degrees include elements of person‑centredness, this ‘is the only one that focuses on putting people at the heart of nursing’.

Professor McCormack said: ‘It is about moving away from the traditional view of treating illness to thinking about promoting wellness for patients and the people who care
for them.

‘Not only is it about recognising the patient’s values and beliefs, but it is also about ensuring that you respect your own beliefs and values.

‘Putting people at the heart of what we do is easy to say, but extremely challenging to do.’

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