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Certificate in Palliative Care


1 Year

Course Starts - 1st February 2020 - COURSE IS FULL

Venue: Hilton Hotel, Kilmainham Dublin


Palliative care is an important and challenging part of general practice. While the development in recent years of specialist palliative care services has led to sharing the workload, GPs continue to provide a major part of this care. The average number of cases per GP annually is quite small, however, they generally require a high level of input in the final months. The provision of optimum care calls on many core GP skills including prescribing, counselling and teamwork.

This course is delivered in an elearning environment through a combination of learned modules, three 1/2 day interactive workshops and online discussion forums, reflecting all the major, current and debatable health issues in Palliative Care.

The course provides a theoretical framework without specific clinical skills training, and is designed and delivered by experienced and practising healthcare professionals. The workshops and our virtual learning environment are designed to stimulate and forge debate and interaction through a variety of methods that reflect learning styles.

The aim of this course is to provide course participants with the skills necessary to provide best practice palliative care to patients and families in general practice.

The Certificate in Palliative Care is awarded following full attendance and participation at workshops and the successful completion of a final case study reflective portfolio.

Course content

The course covers the following:

  • Philosophy & Principles of Palliative Care
  • Assessment & Management of Pain
  • Skilled Management of Gastrointestinal/Respiratory/Psychological/Spiritual Distress
  • Communication Skills
  • Ethical/Legal Decision Making
  • Medical Care of the Dying Patient 
  • Best Practice in the use of Syringe Drivers
  • Palliative Care of Dementia & Frailty at Home
  • Care of the Patient with Non Malignant Life Limiting Conditions

Workshop Dates

  • Saturday, 1st February 2020 (1/2 day) - Hilton Hotel, Kilmainham
  • Saturday, 28th March 2020 - Blackrock Hospice, Dublin 
  • Saturday, 16th May 2020 - Irish Hospice Foundation, Dublin

Admission Requirements

This course is designed for general practitioners, but may also be of interest to doctors of other specialties. Any fully registered doctor may apply. However, if the course is oversubscribed, priority will be given to general practitioner college members. The time commitment is approximately 8 to 10 hours per month (though this will vary depending on the participant's baseline knowledge and other factors). 


Course Content

  • Palliative Medicine Course Material
    • Course Material
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