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Palliative Care Symptom Management Workshop Series

Day 1- Understanding the principles of Pain Management in palliative care

Time Title Speaker
13.30-13.35 Introduction Mary Bell
13.35-14.10 Pain Assessment Noreen Holland
14.10-15.00 The WHO analgesic ladder and the management of pain using opioids.

– 1. How to escalate opioid doses 2. Opioid induced side effect management 3. Management of opioid toxicity 4. Opioid rotation

Dr Norma O Leary
15.00-15.15 COFFEE
15.15-16.15 Understanding the Pathways of Pain integrating the ‘why’ of the assessment and ‘how’ the analgesic works Stephanie Doyle
16.15-16.30 Case scenarios Stephanie& Noreen
16.30-17.00 Discussion and questions Noreen, Stephanie, and Mary


By | April 20th, 2018|Categories: Course, Palliative|0 Comments

Health Care Assistant Training Course 2018-19

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:

  • 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
  • All required training for work placements; manual handling etc
  • Access to state of the art learning centre; full library, WiFi, printing, study room.
  • Free parking and on-site restaurant
By | January 11th, 2018|Categories: Course, Gerontology, Palliative|0 Comments

Medicines Management in Palliative Care 2018

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.

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.

Who should attend?

Community pharmacists, hospital pharmacists, residential care pharmacists and other health care professionals with a particular interest in medicines in palliative care.

For full information on each module complete the details here.

By | January 8th, 2018|Categories: Course, Palliative|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 | January 4th, 2018|Categories: Course, Palliative|0 Comments

Certificate in Palliative Care (January)


  • 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.


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By | October 20th, 2017|Categories: Course, Palliative|0 Comments

Palliative Medicine Grand Rounds


Palliative Medicine Grand Rounds

Who Can Attend?
Postgraduate physicians.
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.

Click here for videos of previous Grand Rounds talks and more

By | April 1st, 2017|Categories: Course, Palliative|0 Comments

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

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