Palliative Care for Healthcare Professionals

This unique programme is designed for Nurses, Allied Healthcare Professionals and Social Care Professionals to enhance their knowledge and skills at an intermediate level of palliative care.

The advantages of learning in this multi-professional context will enable the student to explore their learning alongside other professions. Learners will be challenged to advance their knowledge with a focus on holistic palliative care within a multi-disciplinary setting, and learners will understand the need for and apply the principles of self-care within their clinical practice. This programme is also unique in that learners will have the opportunity to identify personal learning goals that will address their own learning needs. This programme will empower the learner to care for patients and families who may have complex palliative care needs.

Who is this course suited to?
This programme is suited to healthcare professionals who wish to develop their skills and practice in generalist palliative care, enabling them to work with patients who have complex palliative care needs.

Subjects taught

Holistic palliative care within a multi-professional context
Symptom management
Professional, legal and ethical issues
Self-care practices
Contemporary bereavement practice
Identifying the learners individualised learning needs relevant to their own discipline.

Entry requirements

Level 8 BSc or equivalent in an appropriate discipline and registered or eligible to register as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland or the Health and Social Care professional registration authority CORU.

Where English is not the student's first language, proof of English language competency as per WIT regulations will have to be provided.

WIT RPL regulations will apply where applicants do not possess a formal level 8 qualification. A completed application form must be signed by the learner and endorsed by their line manager.

Application dates



12 weeks Blended

Programme delivery
This programme is delivered part-time over one semester, using a blended learning approach, and it is structured to support the learner and facilitate those who are in full time employment. The online lectures and activities are delivered using the online platform Moodle, providing flexibility in learning. Participants will attend two face-to-face interactive workshops delivered at the end of the semester. The programme is facilitated by a team of lecturers who have clinical and academic palliative care expertise at a senior level.

Post Course Info

Career opportunity
This programme will provide learners with the required skills and knowledge to function at an intermediate level of specialisation within the Palliative Care Framework. It is envisaged that this programme will enable participants to undertake further postgraduate studies to develop their career in specialist palliative care roles.

More details
  • Qualifications

    Special Purpose Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Blended

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