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  • Graduate Certificate
  • Graduate Diploma
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Start Date: September 2014.

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1 year full-time

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Entry Requirements

Specific requirements:
•All applicants must have a minimum of two year's post-registration experience
•Applicants must have exposure to either Level 2 or Level 3 Palliative Care, as indicated in the Report of the National Advisory Committee on Palliative Care (2001), for the duration of the course for a minimum of 75 hours per month
•Non-clinicians need to demonstrate the application of their discipline to palliative care practice
•IT Skills are essential
•Evidence of recent study is desirable

General Requirements:
•Applicants must have a primary degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline
•Nurse applicants must be registered on the live register maintained by An Bord Altranais
•Other health care professional must be registered with a recognised professional body.

Documents to be submitted with your application:
•Original transcript(s) including date and grading of degree award (non UCD Graduates only) & notarised English translations where relevant
•Nurse applicants: A current photocopy of An Bord Altranais registration
•Other health care professionals: A current photocopy of registration with professional registration body
•Copy of Birth Certificate or Personal Page of Passport
•Signed Declaration Form from Employer (original form)
•Completed Professional Reference Form (original form)
•Nurse applicants: Completed Clinical Competence Assessor Nomination Form signed by the nominee
•Evidence of proficiency in English language (applicants whose first language is not English).

Course Content

Who is the programme for?
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.

What is the programme about?
The Graduate Diploma Palliative Care will 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.

Programme aims
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 individual's 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 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. The programme is aimed at preparing health professionals to provide a specialist service within the field of palliative care.

How will I benefit?
On successful completion of the programme, you will receive a Graduate Diploma Palliative 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.

Teaching methods / Information technology
Two modules on the programme are offered using a Blended Learning Approach. 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.

Subjects Taught

Core modules
•Research Methodologies (Semester 1) (15 ECTS credits)
•Strategic Management and Health Systems Policy and Planning (Semester 2) ( 7.5 ECTS credits)

Specialist modules
•Palliative Approaches to Symptom Management (Semester 1)
•End of life care: Psychological and Social Context Perspectives (Semester 2) (7.5 ECTS credits)
•Spirituality and Therapeutic Relationships at the End of Life (Semester 2) (15 ECTS credits)
•Professional Practicum* (Palliative Care) OR Making a Difference * (Semester 1 & 2) (7.5 ECTS credits)
*This module is Major Dependent
Total = 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System)

Assessment Method

Assessments are varied (assignments/short examination questions/MCQ/case presentation/practical examination) and occur at intervals throughout and at the end of the semesters.

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Careers or Further Progression

Careers / where can I go?
The Graduate Diploma Palliative Care 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.

Further Enquiries

Yin Yin Sun
email: YinYin.Sun@ucd.ie
Tel: +353 1 716 6448

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