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Skills to Compete Palliative care – Evening course

The aim of the programme 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.

Start Date: 04-09-2023Hours/week: 06 Hrs 00 MinsDuration: 6 weeks


Day Mornings Afternoons Evenings
Education Requirements
Applicants must have achieved a minimum of a QQI Level 4 Major Award or its equivalent and/or relevant life and work experience.

Age Requirements
Statutory school leaving age.

Learning Aptitude
Good communication and interpersonal skills are essential,including verbal and written command of the English language.

Previous Experience
Applicants should, where possible, have some previous experience working in a care environment.

Module Award Body
Palliative Care Support Palliative Care Support (5N3769) QQI
Induction (Evenings)
On completion of the training programme, learners will be able to:

1-Discuss the philosophy and principles of palliative care

2- 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

3- 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

4- Explore different attitudes to death and dying to include an understanding of individual patterns of grief, bereavement and loss

5- Employ a range of communication strategies and processes which are central to the work in palliative care

6- Apply a person-centered 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

7- Respond appropriately to the needs of the person who is confused in the last days of life

8- Work effectively and with great sensitivity in relation to the dying person and their significant others in a palliative care setting

9- Use the range of skills required from a palliative support worker in relation to end of life care.


Waterford Training Centre




  • Free Parking
  • Wheel Chair Access
  • Full Canteen

Contact Details

Course Contact:
Catherine Prendergast