UCC CPD Module Title:

Pharmacotherapeutics in Palliative Care

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Dates Closed for 2024. Next date Spring 2025.

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



Module Content:

Healthcare structures and governance pertinent to the provision of therapeutics in palliative care; Effective and safe use of therapeutics in the palliative care patient, including pharmacology, formulation choice, and the management of side-effects and interactions; Rational use of therapeutics in the palliative care patient; Deprescribing; Counselling the palliative care patient on the safe, effective and rational use of therapeutics and managing affective elements of patient interactions.

Module Objective:

To provide participants with the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes to apply a patient-centred approach to the principles of safe, effective, and rational use of therapeutics in the management of pain and other symptoms in the palliative care population.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Describe the main classes of medications used to treat pain and other symptoms in the palliative care population.
  • Discuss the routes of administration utilised in palliative care and the recommended protocols when switching from one drug or formulation to another and when switching from one route of administration to another.
  • Select appropriate courses of action, best practices, and recognised reference sources to inform the prescribing and optimal use of medications in palliative care, taking into account the healthcare structures and pertinent governance of medicines relating to the country within which they work.
  • Appraise and identify potential opportunities to rationalise medication use
  • Support patients and their families in the safe, effective and rational use of medications by counselling, listening, and responding to medication queries and issues.
  • Explain the pharmacology underpinning the safe and rational use of medication in palliative care, giving consideration to adverse effects, drug interactions, and use in the vulnerable populations, such as the elderly and those with renal and/or hepatic impairment.

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For further information regarding the course:

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