The Graduate Diploma Palliative Care is an interdisciplinary programme designed to enhance your existing knowledge and skills in caring for patients with life limiting illness. Possessing this enhanced level of expertise 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.
This programme is aimed at advancing the health care professionals' repertoire of knowledge and skills for professional practice in the care of persons with life limiting illness.
The Graduate Diploma Palliative Care aims to build upon and advance the repertoire of knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional values, in order to promote competence and confidence in the practitioner’s 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.
The Graduate Diploma Palliative Care is aimed at advancing the health professionals' repertoire of knowledge and skills for palliative care practice of people who have life limiting illness within a variety of care settings and contexts.
On successful completion of the programme, you will receive a Graduate Diploma Palliative Care from the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems. The programme is recognised nationally (since its inception in 1997) and is a highly regarded qualification for health care professionals caring for patients with life limiting illness who require palliative care.
The programme is offered using a Blended Learning Approach utilising a range of teaching methods including lectures, workshops and seminars are used.
Learning is facilitated by a multidisciplinary teaching team with particular emphasis on assisting students in applying theory to practice. Clinical Placements provide students with excellent opportunities to learn from experts in differing palliative care settings.
This is a one (academic) year programme, broken down into two trimesters or a two (academic) year programme, broken down into four trimesters . Assessments are varied (assignments/ MCQ/case studies) and occur at intervals throughout and at the end of the trimesters.
Spring Trimester NMHS43270 ResMethodsAppliedtoHealthcare 10.00
Spring Trimester NMHS43140 Developing Leadership Comp10.00
Autumn Trimester NMHS42370 Pall Care,Phil,Concept 10.00
Autumn Trimester NMHS42540 Palliative Approaches Symp Mgt10.00
Spring Trimester NMHS42820 Psychosoc & Spiritual Issues10.00
Year Long Module NMHS42350 Clinical Practicum 10.00
The Graduate Diploma Palliative Care will provide you with the comprehensive knowledge and skills required for caring for patients with life limiting illness who require palliative care. Possessing a broad and deep understanding of the theory and skills required for Palliative Care, you will be well positioned to work in a variety of care settings both nationally and internationally. Many graduates have assumed varying roles in the palliative care services CNM/Educational/Clinical Facilitator roles.
PLEASE NOTE THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION DOCUMENTS IS 01 AUGUST 2022
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