What is Palliative Care?
Palliative Care is an important public health issue. As a clinical practice it addresses the suffering, dignity, care needs, and quality of life of people with serious life limiting illness. It provides care and support to their families and friends during the time of illness to manage complex symptoms and decision-making and after death occurs, provides bereavement support. Education and training are essential to prepare the palliative care practitioners of the future.
The Graduate Certificate Palliative Care is an interdisciplinary programme designed to enhance your existing knowledge and skills in caring for patients with life limiting illness. The programme will enable you to become a valuable member of the multidisciplinary team providing palliative care and further enhance the care provided to patients in your current area of practice who have a range of complex symptoms that need impeccable assessment and management.
The Graduate Certificate Palliative Care course aims to build upon and advance the repertoire of knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional values, in order to promote competence and confidence in the practitioners work. The course aims to prepare individuals to enhance the care provided to patients and their families facing physical, psychosocial and spiritual problems associated with life limiting illness.
What will I learn?
The Graduate Certificate Palliative Care programme is aimed at advancing the health professionals' repertoire of knowledge and skills for palliative care of people who have life limiting illness within a variety of care settings and contexts.
How will I benefit?
On successful completion of the programme, you will receive a Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care from the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems. The programme is recognised nationally and is a highly regarded qualification for health care professionals caring for patients with life limiting illness who require palliative care.
This is a one (academic) year programme, broken down into two semesters. Assessments are varied (assignments/ MCQ/case studies) and occur at intervals throughout and at the end of the semesters.