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  • Special Purpose Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

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Start date: January 2015

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4 Months

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Entry Requirements

Applicants who hold a Degree/Graduate Diploma/Higher Diploma/Masters may apply to take this module. (Students who do not meet these requirements may be considered for entry under the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) guidelines.

Documents to be submitted with your application:

Certificates of nursing qualifications or validated copies of awards
Original transcript(s) including date and grading of degree award (non UCD Graduates only) & notarised English translations where relevant
A current photocopy of An Bord Altranais registration
Copy of Birth Certificate or Personal Page of Passport
Sealed envelope with the Professional Reference Form (original form)
Evidence of proficiency in English language (applicants whose first language is not English)



A diverse number of disciplines are involved in the delivery of the professional certificate in psycho-oncology
Students are required to attend lectures in UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, for one half day for seven weeks.

Students are also required to attend one full day of theory in Our Lady's Hospice, Harold's Cross, Dublin 6, and to attend one half day in a Cancer Support Centre (there are a number of Cancer Support Centres throughout Ireland which are available to Students).

Course Content

Professional Certificate Psycho-Oncology
Who is the Professional Certificate Psycho-Oncology for?
This course is designed primarily for registered nurses working directly with people affected by cancer. However, the certificate will also have relevance for all health practitioners working in diverse clinical and community settings who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of the psychological needs of people affected by cancer.

What will I learn?
You will develop the capacity to assess and manage the psychological needs of people affected by cancer from diagnosis to recovery. You will develop an understanding of the key issues relevant to practitioners when caring for people affected by cancer requiring palliative care. You will also acquire practical skills to support self-care in the workplace.

How will I benefit?
The purpose of this professional certificate is to provide you with the opportunity to explore the key issues involved in the delivery of psychological care to people affected by cancer with the aim of developing your current level of knowledge and skills.

What is the programme about?
This programme focuses primarily on the delivery of psychological care to people affected with cancer from diagnosis to recovery and for those in need of palliative care. This professional certificate will also provide practical skills for practitioners to use in order to support their own self-care when caring for people affected with cancer.

Subjects Taught

Using a framework that includes assessment and management, students will explore the areas of emotional and cognitive behaviour, sexuality, spirituality, communication, survivorship and palliative care as they relate to or impact on the person affected by cancer. While the focus of this module will be on the person with cancer, reference to the impact on the family will be included in all topics covered. Issues around the emotional consequences for practitioners when providing psychological care to people affected by cancer will also be discussed and recommendations for self-care will be provided.

Assessment Method

This module will be assessed by completing two written assignments,

Assignment 1 (Week 8) - A discussion paper on palliative care (1,000 words, 40% mark)

Assignment 2 (Week 12) - A psychological issue relevant to clinical practice (2,000 words, 60% mark)

On successful completion of this professional certificate, the student will be granted a UCD Professional Certificate (level 9: 7.5 credits). The UCD accredited professional certificate will provide recipients with a comprehensive educational experience for professional development in the delivery of care to people affected with cancer.

Further Enquiries

Anne Waters
+353 (0) 1 716 6491

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