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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 |2018-08-03T15:53:06+00:00June 12th, 2018|Categories: Course, Gerontology, Palliative|0 Comments

Syringe Pump Workshop Using the McKinley T34 Pump – Thursday 9 May 2019

This half day workshop will provide nurses, doctors and pharmacists with an opportunity to develop the theoretical knowledge and practical skill required to manage subcutaneous infusions using the McKinley T34 Ambulatory Syringe Pump.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this programme participants will be able to:

  • Identify the indications for use of a syringe pump.
  • Demonstrate awareness of drug combinations, compatibilities and interactions.
  • Understand professional responsibility and accountability issues surrounding use of the syringe pump.
  • Prepare and assemble a syringe pump.
  • Outline the care and maintenance requirements of the syringe pump.
  • Trouble-shoot issues that can arise with the syringe pump

Accreditation Certificate from Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services. Nurses: Category 1 approval with 2.5 CEUs from An Bord Altranais (Nursing Board).

By |2018-12-07T15:06:21+00:00June 7th, 2018|Categories: Course, Palliative|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 Professor Richard Groves. Professor 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. Professor 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 |2018-12-07T15:27:04+00:00June 2nd, 2018|Categories: Course, Psycho-Social|0 Comments

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

By |2017-08-30T10:05:12+00:00March 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

For full information on each module complete the details here.

By |2017-10-20T12:08:21+00:00March 23rd, 2017|Categories: Course|0 Comments

Volunteer Driver

Location: Dublin South City, County and Wicklow
Reports to: Volunteer Coordinator

Main Purpose:

To drive patients, and on occasion visitors, to and from Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Harold’s Cross and Blackrock and to carry out driving assignments as arranged by the Hospice Volunteer Coordinators.

Skills Required:

• Valid full driver’s license and safe driving record
• Comprehensive Insurance
• Access to a vehicle that is roadworthy, reliable, clean and suitable for client’s needs i.e. that a person with limited mobility can get in and out of vehicle without too much stress
• No health conditions that may impair ability to drive safely


• To provide patient transport for Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services and Blackrock Hospice Day Hospice. This service will include where necessary and appropriate all areas within both hospices.
• Prior to patients/clients appointments drivers will be given as much notice as possible regarding collection times etc. When necessary drivers may be given confidential information relating to the patients name and appointments.
• To make patients/relatives feel comfortable at all times e.g. gentle conversation
• To be a representative of the Hospice by having a friendly, sensitive and courteous manner in all dealings with patients, staff and the public
• To comply with legislation by keeping your car in legally good condition while driving safely and competently at all times
• All drivers must ensure they have written confirmation from their insurance companies stating they are covered to carry Hospice patients. This must be renewed on an annual basis. Drivers must check this is maintained as a priority.
• To comply with Risk and Safety Policy you will be allocated one to two patients per journey – depending upon the physical and medical condition of the patients you are asked to carry. In a situation or circumstance where you deem it unsafe to carry a second patient in your car do please inform the Volunteer Coordinator. We will insure your decision is respected at all times.

• If collecting patients for hospice appointments, be punctual at all times
• Ensure you have a map or clear directions to the persons house
• It is useful to keep a “Drivers Emergency Pack” in your car at all times, in the event of a patient becoming nauseous. Ask the Volunteer Coordinator for a pack at any stage.
• To maintain contact with Volunteer Coordinator while on duty in the event of being delayed, or any emergency while on hospice duty but do not use mobile while driving.
To honour confidentiality at all times
• To attend volunteer meetings whenever possible and keep informed re services at Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services
• To abide by Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services and Blackrock Hospice Policies and attend mandatory training as required e.g. patient handling, manual handling etc.
• Do not handle any money belonging to patients/residents.
• Do not offer any physical contact beyond hand holding: do not visit outside volunteer hours:
• Only carry out your role as requested by the Volunteer Co-Ordinator and refrain from fulfilling another role in the patient’s life eg:
□ regular shopping
□ visiting person in their home
□ continuing to visit the family following the death of the patient
□ looking after the property of a patient
NB Drivers must comply with Data Protection legislation in relation to personal details of patients given specifically for the purpose of transportation. They must sign an Agreement to abide by the receiving and disposing of personal information.

Additional Personal Qualities:

• Good communication skills
• Be responsible in all duties carried out
• Be flexible and adaptable
• Be reliable and trustworthy
• Be willing to work on your own and/or as part of a team

Personal Support:

• Refer to the “Drivers Tips” Leaflet for any further details regarding your role, incidents, assisting patients etc
• Induction, training and supervision for this role will be provided.
Contact Details:
Walter Walsh, Volunteer Coordinator mobile: 085 7110443

This role description may be subject to alteration or alternative duties following appropriate risk assessment and consultation between the Volunteer and Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services.

By |2017-02-13T11:03:52+00:00February 13th, 2017|Categories: Volunteer Roles|0 Comments
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