Palliative Care Support

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.


Saturday,  15th October

Saturday, 22nd October

Saturday, 5th November

Saturday, 19th November

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-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.

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.

All learning outcomes must be assessed.

Learner Record 70%

Assignment 30%

Tutor: Mary Dermody