Introduction to Palliative Care for Health Care Assistants

Introduction to Palliative Care for Health Care Assistants

Course Duration:

One day programme

Programme Dates 2019:

  • 24th September
  • 19th November

Programme Dates 2020

  • 26th February
  • 19th June

Course Description:

This  one day  programme has been developed  by staff from the education centre  & the clinical area of Marymount University Hospital & Hospice. The programme has been specifically designed for health care assistants using the palliative care competency framework. The aim of  the programme is  to develop the knowledge, attitudes & skills of health care assistants in the area of palliative care.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand the main components of the palliative care approach.
  2. Discuss the principles of palliative care and their application to clinical practice.
  3. Appreciate the role of the healthcare assistant in providing holistic care to patients and their families
  4. Understand the importance of sensitive communication with palliative patients and their families.
  5. Discuss spirituality and the role of the healthcare assistant in providing spiritual care.
  6. Discuss the role of the Healthcare Assistant in assisting the Registered Nurse assess and manage the more common symptoms experienced by palliative care patients.
  7. Examine the role of the healthcare assistant in providing psychosocial support to patients and families.
  8. Appreciate the importance of caring for self as a health carer.

Target Audience:

All health care assistants working in acute hospitals, community hospitals and nursing homes.

Programme Content:

  • Introduction to palliative care philosophy & principles
  • Role of the health care assistants in symptom management
  • Communication in palliative care
  • Spirituality in palliative care
  • Psychosocial issues in palliative care
  • Caring for self

Programme Facilitators:

One of the advantages of this programme is that it is  facilitated by  education and clinical staff of Marymount University Hospital & Hospice. The facilitators  have worked in palliative care for many years  and have gained invaluable knowledge and experience in this area.


The fee for the one day programme is €85 which includes photocopying and light refreshments for morning break. Lunch is not included but there is a canteen on site.

Application Procedure:

Download the completed application form and return with fee and 2 signed passport photographs to Education Administrator, Marymount University Hospital & Hospice, Curraheen, Cork.

Course Application Form

Course Brochure 

 For further information please contact:

Michelle Cullen | Education Administrator | Tel: 021 4501201 ext: 277 | Email: