The Postgraduate Diploma in Palliative Care is designed to increase the knowledge, attitudes and skills of healthcare professionals working with palliative care, oncology and long term chronically ill patients
The School of Medicine, University College Cork, in partnership with St. Patrick's Hospital (Cork) Ltd. which includes Marymount Hospice, offer a Postgraduate Diploma in Palliative Care as an interdisciplinary course.
This is a taught course that can be taken for a minimum of 18 months over two academic years or for a maximum of 36 months over four academic years from the date of first registration to the programme.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Palliative Care is based on the definition and principles of palliative care as defined by W.H.O. 2002.
The course integrates theory with clinical practice to provide quality care and services to palliative patients and families. This care is based on legislation, national policies, evidence-based practice, research findings and professional and ethical codes of practice.
Palliative care focuses on improvement of the 'quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.' (W.H.O.p84, 2002).
The programme aims to:
- augment the knowledge, skills and attitudes of healthcare professionals in the area of palliative care
- facilitate healthcare professionals to practice as reflective, innovative change agents in palliative care
- develop the skills to critically analyse, undertake and apply research findings to the provision of a holistic quality care experience for palliative patients and families
- enhance the professional and personal development of healthcare professionals in palliative care.
The programme comprises taught modules to the value of 55 credits and a clinical practicum to the value of 5 credits.
Modules (30 credits):
IP6001 Philosophy, Development, and Governance in Palliative Care (10 credits)
IP6002 Pain in Palliative Care (10 credits)
NU6090 Therapeutic Communication Skills for Palliative Practice (5 credits)
EH6014 Research Methods in Palliative Care (5 credits)
Modules (30 credits)
IP6003 Symptoms in Palliative Care (10 credits)
IP6004 End of Life Care, Grief and Bereavement (10 credits)
IP6005 Clinical Practicum in Palliative Care (5 credits)
IP6006 Psychosocial and Spiritual Aspects of Palliative Care (5 credits)
Alternatively students may choose one other relevant 10-credit module, which is agreed with the Course Director, from elsewhere in UCC and which may be substituted in lieu of one of the above 10 credit modules. This module must be equivalent in level and credit rating and is subject to the agreement of the Course Coordinator and approval of the College of Medicine and Health.
Further details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar
Fitness to Practise
Commencing with the 2013/2014 intake, this programme will be subject to the University's Fitness to Practise Policy - full details may be found here
Course Code: CKW13 Part-time
Course Title: Palliative Care
College: Medicine and Health
Duration: 2 years Part-time
Teaching Mode: Part-Time
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over a minimum of 2 years to a maximum of 4 years.
Qualifications: PG Dip
NFQ Level: Level 9
Costs: 2015/2016 Irish/EU EUR 3,355 (Year 1 part-time); 2015/2016 IRISH/EU: EUR 3,270 (Year 2 part-time)Fees for 2016/17 TBC
2017 Entry Requirements: Minimum 2.1 primary degree (NQF level 8) in a relevant health care discipline, or equivalent and relative experience; and appropriate Irish professional healthcare registration; and two years relevant work experience. See Detailed Entry Requirements.
Closing Date: Not on offer 2017/2018
Next Intake: Not on offer 2017/2018
Students are expected to attend twenty-one days in class in year 1 and eighteen days in class in year 2. The lectures are held two days together every two to three weeks. There are 500 clinical hours undertaken over the two years of the programme. Of this, 250 are undertaken in specialist palliative care.
Assignments consist mainly of continuous assessments, with one formal examination in each year. The continuous assessments consist of essays, case studies, audits and self-directed learning.
Application for this programme is on-line atwww.pac.ie/ucc. For full details of the application procedure click How to Apply.
For full details of the application procedure click here. Please note that you will be asked to fill in a supplementary information form as part of the applications process for this programme. This form is available to view from hereSupplementaryFormCKW13 (68kB) All required documentation must either uploaded to your online application or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway
Further Contact Information
Director of Education
St. Patricks University Hospital/Marymount University Hospice