- Discuss the philosophy and principles of palliative care
- Respond appropriately to the needs of the person who is confused in the last days of life.
- Work effectively and with great sensitivity in relation to the dying person and their significant others in a palliative care setting.
- Use the range of skills required from a palliative support worker in relation to end of life care.
Our course begins with a 4 day ‘block week. Then the programme runs just one day a week – almost every Thursday until March. There are also practical work days that must be completed in a clinical environment. These can be done on the wards of Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services.
When you study as part of our QQI Healthcare assistant class, you will receive:
Interactive skills workshops will be facilitated in morning and afternoon by senior staff of Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services including Dr Joan Cunningham, Medical Director and Ms Geraldine Tracey, Manager Blackrock Hospice (Schwartz Rounds), Dr Ursula Bates, Head of Psychology (Mindfulness) and by Ms Karen Brennan, founder of Self Care for Carers whose organisation has been leading in the provision of healthy caregiving strategies to OLH&CS (and many other health care organisations) for over 5 years.
- Schwartz Rounds – Dr Joan Cunningham and Ms Ger Treacy
- Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals – Dr Ursula Bates
- The Self Care Imperative – Ms Karen Brennan, Self Care for Carers
The day will open with an introduction from our CEO, Ms Audrey Houlihan. Following the lectures and workshops there will be a panel discussion where our speakers will be joined by Ms Juanita Guidera from the HSE and Ms Mary Kirwan, Head of Human Resources in OLH&CS. In their individual way they will address how practices and techniques explored can be encouraged and promoted within and across health care organisations. The day will close with an address from Ms Patricia Hallahan, Director of Education, Research and Training, OLH&CS.
A full programme for the day can be found below.
Seeking CPD points from relevant bodies
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Palliative Medicine Grand Rounds
Who Can Attend?
Professionals from other healthcare disciplines are welcome to attend; this does not include members of the general public.
Palliative Medicine Grand Rounds is a weekly postgraduate physician education meeting. It is held on Friday at 8am in the Lecture Theatre of the Education & Research Centre.
For further information see below:
MSc Palliative Care
Graduate Diploma in Palliative Care
Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care
For course details and registration information please click below.
The course is delivered using 7 online learning training modules followed by an interactive education day, delivered by a multidisciplinary team. Participants will have opportunities to apply learning through the use of case studies, problem solving activities and reflective practice.
- 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.
Who should attend?
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.
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).
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