Advanced Practice in Palliative Care

This module is designed for all healthcare and allied professionals that support patients with life limiting illness.

This module is designed for all healthcare and allied professionals who support patients with life limiting illness, including : doctors, nurses, health care managers, medical students, medical and pharmaceutical researchers, radiographers, health care educators, chaplains, medical volunteers, hospice personnel and social workers.

Palliative Care is a global issue and is a core skill for all health care professionals. Due to changes in disease and demographic profiles, all areas of healthcare and all health carers will necessarily engage with patients with palliative care needs. The Lancet Commission Report of 2017 "Alleviating the access abyss in palliative care and pain relief" identifies that 25.5 million people die  each year with serious health related suffering. Further, the limited and inequitable spread of palliative care results in excess of six billion hours of serious health related suffering. As recognised by the World Health Organisation, all health care professionals should be competent and confident in applying the principles of Palliative Care, and that training and continuing education on Palliative Care should be integrated across all health care professions.

The module provides opportunities for health and allied care professionals to engage, understand and develop the skills required to provide effective, evidenced based approaches to managing the needs of patients, and their families, with life limiting illness. The module does this by providing a range of educational modalities to ensure a comprehensive overview and understanding of Palliative Care. The module is structured to meet nationally defined Competencies in Practice for doctors training in General nternal Medicine, Care of the Elderly and for most medical specialities. In addition to traditional teaching approaches led by national and international academic and clinical experts, this module engages experiential learning to explore the challenges of clinical communication within this field.

START DATE30th September 2022


DURATION First semester

 The curriculum is designed to:

  • Provide students with the highest quality learning experience;
  • Equip students with the knowledge, skills and behaviours required in professional life;
  • Ensure teaching is informed and refreshed by research and best practice evidence;
  • Ensure staff are encouraged and supported in the development of excellent teaching practice.

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