UCC CPD Module Title:

Holistic Approach to Palliative Care

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Blended learning: Day one – 7th February  2024, Day two -6th March 2024 and additional online hours.


Entry Requirements:

Candidates must have:

  • A primary degree or an equivalent experience in a relevant health care discipline* to be approved by the Programme Team.
  • Registration or eligibility for registration with the appropriate professional healthcare registration body.
  • Ideally, candidates should have a minimum of one-year post qualification experience in healthcare provision.
  • A relevant health care discipline includes but is not limited to medicine, nursing, pharmacy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, audiology physiotherapy, psychology and social studies.

All applicants are required to complete an application form and provide evidence of current professional registration.


Education Centre, Marymount University Hospital & Hospice, Curraheen, Co. Cork.


This is a blended learning module for health professionals to develop the learner’s knowledge, attitudes and skills thus enabling the learner to apply the principles of palliative care in their clinical practice, to help improve the quality of life of patients receiving palliative care and their families.

Module Content:

Holistic approach to palliative care; physical, psychological, sociological and spiritual aspects pain and symptom assessment and management in palliative care & palliative care skills.

Module Objective:

To develop the learner’s knowledge attitudes and skills in palliative care.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Analyse the philosophy and principles of palliative care and their application to the clinical area.
  • Discuss the assessment and management of pain and the main common symptoms experienced by palliative care patients.
  • Critically analyse holistic individualised care of the patient and family in the provision of quality palliative care.
  • Appreciate the importance of interpersonal skills in the provision of care to patients and families.
  • Demonstrate the correct procedure to set up, administer and monitor a continuous subcutaneous infusion using the CME T34 syringe pump in palliative care in a classroom setting.


Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (Continuous Assessment 100 marks; (Essay 1,200-1,500 words 80 marks; MCQ 20 marks).

For further information regarding the course:


Additional Queries:

Helen Leahy – Clinical Tutor for Marymount University Hospital and Hospice via email: hleahy@marymount.ie