Palliative & End of Life Care

ATU - Mayo Campus

Palliative & End of Life Care

Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Palliative and End of Life Care - Level 9
A 60 credit postgraduate diploma designed for professionals working in areas that cater for people with palliative and/or end of life care needs. We are now accepting applications for the September 2021 intake.

This programme provides for those who wish to develop competence in caring for persons and their families requiring palliative and end of life care.
The suite of modules are designed for all professionals who are working in areas that cater for persons with palliative and/or end of life care needs.

Who can apply?
Applications are welcome from all professionals such as;
• doctors
• nurses
• pharmacists
• physiotherapists
• social workers
• occupational therapists
• speech therapists
• health care assistants
• receptionists
• therapists
• psychologists
• managers
• support sta?

Applicants do not have to work in a specialist palliative care area to apply.

Work placement: Included

Subjects taught

Year 1
Principles of Palliative and End of Life Care
10 credits

Psychosocial, Ethical and Spiritual Care
10 credits

Effective Symptom Management in Life Limiting Conditions
10 credits

Reflective Practice
10 credits

End of Life Care for the Person with Dementia
10 credits

Applied Research
10 credits

Bereavement and Loss
10 credits

Clinical Practice Placement
10 credits

Creative Arts in Palliative Care
10 credits

*Exit Award option available

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for undertaking this programme are:
• Honours Degree (H2.2) in any health or social care discipline or recognised cognate professional quali?cation.
• A minimum of one year's experience in delivering a palliative care approach within practice within the last two years.
• Be employed for the duration of the course in an area where the principles of palliative care are operationalized when caring for individuals with life threatening illness and their families. An example of such may be; Acute Hospitals, community hospitals, care homes, private practice, hospice and community health centers.
• Applicants other than nurses, must be employed in a practice area which allows interaction with patients who have palliative/end of life care needs and, where appropriate, be registered with their respective professional body.

Additional entry requirements speci?c to nurses:
• Current registration on the appropriate division of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland live register;
• Currently working a minimum of 78 hours per month.
• Be employed in a clinical area that is approved by NMBI.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Applicants may use RPL as a means of accessing the programme. They can also use RPL to gain exemptions. RPL can either be certi?ed or experiential.

GMIT will assess individual applicants on a case-by-case basis, in line with the RPL Policy. RPL application is via the website.

Application dates

Application date opens from February 17th 2022

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 5pm on Friday, 27th May 2022.

How to Apply***
Applicants are invited to apply at:

This application route is for the Certi?cate programme, the Postgraduate Diploma programme and the Masters Programme.

For Registered Nurses Only
An additional checklist needs to be completed by the applicant's Director of Nursing.

This checklist relates to mentoring support within the practice placement module and organisation support for the applicant.

Click here for the Certificate/PG Dip/Masters in Palliative and End of Life Care checklist.

****It is an essential requirement that this checklist is completed.


1 year
Mode of Study: Part Time
Method of Delivery: Blended

Post Course Info

Job Opportunities
Having completed this programme graduates will have developed enhanced contextual, cultural and professional insights into palliative and end of life care and will be equipped with a set of skills that will have a direct impact in the quality of care o?ered to persons and families in need of palliative and end of life care in your work area. These roles vary across the spectrum of health and social care.

Graduates of this programme will advance their career prospects in terms of promotion eligibility and post-graduate training. This may be in areas of management, practice development and/or specialist clinical areas such as palliative care.

On completion of the programme, registered nurses who meet the criteria may be eligible to apply for clinical nurse specialist in palliative care.

More details
  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Blended

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