8 Weeks Distance Learning Programme
2 intakes annually in Spring and Autumn
Dates for the “European Certificate in Essential Palliative Care” course:
- Spring 2020 Intake: 20th April, 2020 to 17th June 2020
- Autumn 2020 Intake: 14th September, 2020 to 11th November 2020
Introductory evening 6:30 p.m.
Eligible to attend:
Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, allied health professionals & Paramedics
The aim of the European Certificate in Essential Palliative Care programme is improve the care of patients and enable health professionals, irrespective of setting, to practise the essential principles of palliative care. It endeavours to raise the profile of palliative care, engender confidence in healthcare professionals and foster communication between healthcare professionals.
This is an intensive eight-week, distance/blended learning programme based on the well-established Princess Alice Certificate in Essential Palliative Care running in the UK for many years. Milford Care Centre is the coordinating site for the Republic of Ireland with a host centre based in Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Dublin.
The course explores the main principles and practices in palliative care, some of which include:
- Pain and its management
- The management of physical symptoms
- The management of non-physical symptoms
- Emergencies in Palliative Care
- Caring for people in the last days and hours of life
- Loss and grief
It is estimated that these main sections will require at least 10 hours of work to complete, including viewing online content, reading the course handbook and reviewing the questions at the end of each section. Learning is assessed through completion of a portfolio and written and oral examination. An online learning site (email@example.com)) has also been established to assist candidates with their studies.
Applicants must be working in a suitable practice setting e.g. in an acute hospital, nursing home, community or hospice and should have direct contact with patients requiring a palliative approach to care.
35 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) approved by An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann (The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland).
50 Continuing Professional Development credits from Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.
This course is recognised by University of Limerick as having evidence of prior learning and has been awarded 15 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) at undergraduate level.