Project Description

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skills and competence to enable them to care for and address the needs of a person and their family after the  diagnosis of a life-limiting illness, in a dignified, inclusive and holistic manner.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss the philosophy and principles of palliative care
  • Summarise the structure and organisation of palliative care services to include the role played by the multi-disciplinary team and diverse family structures in the provision of care for a terminally ill person
  • Discuss the role of the support worker in the promotion of key issues such as life quality, self-esteem, respect, privacy and dignity in palliative care work
  • Explore different attitudes to death and dying to include an understanding of individual patterns of grief, bereavement and loss
  • Employ a range of communication strategies and processes which are central to the work in palliative care
  • Apply a person-centred approach to caring for a person in the last days of their life to include the provision of supportive and holistic care promoting safety, dignity, respect and comfort
  • Respond appropriately to the needs of the person who is confused in the last days of life
  • Work effectively and with great sensitivity in relation to the dying person and their significant others in a palliative care setting
  • Use the range of skills required from a palliative support worker in relation to end of life care.

Preferred Entry Level: Relevant work/life experiences, QQI level 4 equivalent or Leaving Certificate.

Preferred Entry Level: Relevant work/life experiences, QQI level 4 equivalent or Leaving Certificate.

Garda Vetting is required for this course.

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