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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

Effective Mindful Communication

Life isn’t always, or even often, easy. And yet, when it’s lived authentically, being true to who we really are, rather than simply adapting to what we think others want, then it’s a thrill. It’s my passion to share that joyful possibility with you in a safe space and have fun while we do it!

On this course you will:

  • Explore effective communication and the barriers to it
  • Learn practices for self-care through compassionate listening
  • Learn what you are and aren’t responsible for in communication.
  • Practice awareness of your own and others’ vulnerability
  • Learn techniques that help you de-stress and cope with daily life
  • Learn how to use what you already have, to get what you want.
  • Have fun!

Nuala McKeever is a television writer and performer, based in Belfast. With twenty five years’ experience of creating characters and entertaining audiences, she has developed highly acclaimed workshops in Communication. After the sudden death of her partner in 2013, Nuala discovered the benefits of mindful meditation. She regularly delivers sessions on self-compassion, with humour, to people in the private, public and voluntary sectors.

By | June 9th, 2018|Categories: Course, Spirituality|0 Comments

Syringe Pump Workshop Using the McKinley T34

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

The Opioid Conversion component centres on the common calculations required when caring for an individual on opioid medications. This is also a key competency for candidates undertaking the 8 week distance learning palliative care course.

Accreditation Certificate from Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services. Nurses: Category 1 approval with 2 CEUs from An Bord Altranais (Nursing Board).


By | June 7th, 2018|Categories: Course, Palliative|0 Comments

Mindfulness 8-Week Course

To apply:

Please email David Shannon at dshannon@olh.ie or Emma Duff at eduff@olh.ie. Places will be allocated following completion of an application form and a brief conversation with David or Emma to ensure that this is the right time in your life to undertake mindfulness training.

Closing date for receipt of applications: Wednesday 5th September, 2018.

The course will be subject to audit and so will require completion of a pre and post stress measures and a course feedback form. Participation in audit is voluntary.

By | June 5th, 2018|Categories: Course, Spirituality|0 Comments

Palliative Care Symptom Management Workshop Series Day 4 – Miscellaneous Symptoms and Issues

Day 4 – Miscellaneous Symptoms and Issues to Manage in Palliative Care

Title Speaker
Breathlessness Julie Goss
Palliative Care Emergencies (Spinal Cord Compression,

Haemorrhage, SVC obstruction)

Steven McDermott
Ethical issues Prof. Joan Cunningham

Discussions and questions on the above topics to follow

By | June 4th, 2018|Categories: Course, 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