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Health Care Assistant Training Course 2018-19


Early bird discount (€50 off) available for payment of first instalment (if paid on or before August 21st 2018)

Discount (€150 off) if full fees paid by September 20th 2018 – €1,545


Our course begins with a 4 day ‘block week’. Then the programme runs just one day a week – almost every Thursday until March – this allows you to continue with work. There are also practical work days that must be completed in a clinical environment. These can be completed on the wards of Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services.

When you study as part of our QQI Healthcare assistant class, we provide and assist you with everything you need to become qualified;

  • All 8 modules with expert staff and teachers of Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services.
  • Full course outline can be found here
  • Guaranteed work placement on the wards of Our Lady’s Hospice
  • Manual handling and Patient handling training and Certificate  (included in your fees)
  • Garda vetting
  • Access to state of the art learning centre; full library, WiFi, printing, study room.
  • Free parking and on-site restaurant
By | June 12th, 2018|Categories: Course, Gerontology, Palliative|0 Comments

Sacred Art of Living & Dying: Transforming Spiritual Pain 2018

Personal and / or Professional Spiritual Development

Transforming Spiritual Pain is one of the four units of The Sacred Art of Living and Dying. This world renowned programme has been running at Our Lady’s Hospice since 2008 and consists of four stand-alone units.

Each unit comprises of a two-day workshop followed by five small study group sessions, called Circles of Trust.  These two-hour monthly meetings are held in various locations and designed to maximize integration of learning into daily practice.  Programmes are a creative blend of instruction, hands-on experience, multimedia presentation, personal reflection and creative rituals from the world’s great wisdom traditions. The s interactive and inspirational learning experience promotes personal and professional growth.

The programme will enable participants to:

  • Explore the nature and inter-relationship of human health and suffering and the universal aspects of meaning, forgiveness, hope & relationship.
  • Live with enhanced purpose and meaning through all the stages and transitions of living and dying and accompany others to do so.
  • Connect or reconnect the ‘soul and role’ in their lives.

Transforming Spiritual Pain is the fourth of four study units providing the historical and theoretical foundation for the Anamċara. Each of the study units is grounded in the contemporary health care sciences and is inspired by the great spiritual traditions and collective wisdom learned from the dying.

The meaning of life and death, compassion and caring are explored in a nurturing environment. Based on lessons that the dying teach the living, this retreat format allows for ample reflection on the meaning of end-of-life ministry. Exercises include meditation, life-priorities evaluation and self-care skills for maintaining a centered, professional presence.

What you can expect from this program:

  • Study and personal experience with some of the different principles and techniques of ‘energy work’ by using bio-feedback mechanisms as a means of assisting a patient’s state of physical and emotional well-being.
  • Experimentation with guided visualization formats for the ‘healing of memories.’
  • Exploration of the ethical dimensions of end-of-life caregiving that impact the long-term emotional and spiritual lives of caregivers.
  • Examination of the distinction between caregiver burnout and fatigue as well as other practical antidotes to stress.
  • Exposure to basic theory and techniques related to Jungian dream analysis, particularly as it relates to emotional and spiritual pain at the end of life.
  • Discussion of basic rights and obligations regarding body ‘aftercare,’ burial, memorial services and grief support for extended family systems.
  • 5 sessions of two-hours each in a Circle of Trust, facilitated by a trained animator. These sessions are held where possible in locations suitable to participants.  Participants may have to travel to Dublin or other locations depending on availability of other participants and/or animators. On line meetings may be facilitated if necessary.

Core textbooks for the programme include:

  • A Hidden Wholeness by Parker Palmer
  • The American Book of Living and Dying by Richard Groves.

Readings In this 6-month unit are from:

  • Being with Dying, Cultivating Compassion & Fearlessness in the Face of Death by Joan Halifax
  • The Four Things That Matter most by Ira Byock.

Various Continuing Professional Development / Accreditation

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By | June 3rd, 2018|Categories: Course, Spirituality|0 Comments

The Enneagram with Prof. Richard Groves

Through a highly interactive programme participants will explore the nine different personality types of the Enneagram and their own personality through the fields of philosophy, psychology and spirituality.

The workshop is led by the experienced Prof. Richard Groves. Prof. Groves has been studying the Enneagram for over 20 years and has worked closely with the esteemed Richard Rohr.

Day 1: An introduction to the history, traditional and evolution of the Enneagram. Prof. Groves will introduce each of the 9 styles and offer classic examples through multi media and personal testimony.

Day 2: As the participants have a more significant understanding of the styles they begin to focus in on their own core type. Through a process of ‘panels’ and personal discovery the search become more refined.

This workshop provides an intimate and accessible introduction to the Enneagram tool.

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By | June 2nd, 2018|Categories: Course, Psycho-Social|0 Comments

Medicines Management: Palliative Care in Dementia

The learning of this programme is delivered in a blended way.  You will have access to  7 online training modules (available mid-September – login details will be sent to those who sign up) and these are followed by the interactive education day – Wed. Nov 14th. Participants will have opportunities to apply learning through the use of case studies, problem solving activities and reflective practice.

This education day draws experts from the staff of Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services and from across the island of Ireland. Speakers include;

  • Professor Brian Lawlor: Conolly Norman Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin and Consultant Psychiatrist at St. James’s Hospital
  • Dr. Carole Parson:           Lecturer, School of Pharmacy, Queen’s University Belfast:
  • Dr. David Robinson        Consultant Physician in Geriatric & General (Internal) Medicine, St. James’s Hospital

CLICK HERE to view seminar poster

Course Objectives

  • Gain up-to-date, evidence-based knowledge of how and why medicines are used in pain and symptom management in palliative care.
  • Understand the practical use and indications for a syringe pump in palliative care.
  • Enhance communication skills with patients and colleagues to promote optimum pharmaceutical care of patients at end of life.
Medicines Management in Palliative Care Programme
Welcome Address Ms. Eimear O’Dwyer
Pain Management in Palliative Care: Applying Guidelines to Practice Ms. Siún Tobin
 The Pathophysiology of Dementia Professor Brian Lawlor
Medication Burden and De-Prescribing in Dementia Patients with Palliative Care Needs Dr. Carole Parsons
The Pharmacological Management of Dementia Ms. Sharon Byrne
Delirium and Dementia Dr. Roisin Purcell
The Social Prescription in Gerontology Dr. David Robinson
Psychosocial Issues in Palliative Care -Communicating with Patients and Families Prof. Kate Irving
Speaker Panel Discussion Chair: Dr. Joan Cunningham


For full information on each module complete the details here

By | January 8th, 2018|Categories: Course, Palliative|0 Comments

Graduate Diploma/Certificate/Masters in Palliative Care (with UCD)

By | March 31st, 2017|Categories: Course, Palliative|0 Comments

Management of Intra-Articular and Soft Tissue Injection Techniques

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Online applications to nmhs@ucd.ie (module code for Jan entry x738)

If you wish to be directed to the UCD website please click on the following link

Professional Certificate Management of Intra-articular and Soft Tissue Injection Techniques

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By | March 23rd, 2017|Categories: Course|0 Comments