Updated Database of Palliative Care Education Courses

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Are you looking for up to date information and listings of Palliative care courses in Ireland?

The Database of palliative care, end of life and bereavement courses, has recently been refreshed and updated. A collaboration between the Irish Hospice Foundation, All Ireland Institute for Hospice & Palliative Care and the Irish Association for Palliative Care, the database was originally launched in 2009 increasing awareness of palliative care education courses  in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

It aims to be;

  • a focal point for Palliative care education information
  •  a resource for providers to advertise courses and programmes to health and social care professionals and the wider community
  • a searchable and user-friendly listing of education programmes/courses, workshops, study days and  seminars

This database contains listings from 69 education providers offering 270 courses.  You can access the database via the IHF site HERE or via the AIIHPC site HERE  and the IAPC site HERE

If you would like additional information about the database contact Karen Charnley, Programme Manager for Education, AIIHPC kcharnley@aiihpc.org

Dr Richard Hain paediatric palliative care workshop

childrens-medical-research-798393-hRenowned paediatric palliative care practitioner, Dr. Richard Hain of the   Department of Child Health, Cardiff Children’s Hospital will deliver a professional development workshop in children’s palliative care on Thursday February 28th.

The workshop will be hosted by St Francis Hospice Education Centre and is aimed at medical and allied health practitioners working with children with complex life limiting illnesses.

The workshop will address issues such as symptom assessment and pain management as well as psychosocial support and ethical concerns in the delivery of paediatric palliative care.

Further details on the workshop and booking information is available HERE

Irish Hospice Foundation – Msc Bereavement Studies applications now open

Are you are a health, social work or mental health practitioner whose work brings you in contact with bereavement and loss? If so, the Irish Hospice Foundation’s Msc in Bereavement  Studies may be of interest to you. This part-time programme accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI) has been developed to equip participants with an understanding of bereavement and loss from a theoretical and practice based perspective.  Year one comprises six core modules, completion of which will result in a Postgraduate Diploma in Bereavement Studies. Students completing a further three modules in year two,  including advanced research methods and a practical bereavement support development project will be eligible for the MSc.

Applications (which must be made online) for the September intake are currently open via the RCSI website HERE 

The deadline for completed applications is Friday May 4th.  If you are interested in applying for this course additional details and the course prospectus are available on the Irish Hospice Foundation website HERE

Workshops in loss and bereavement 2012 brochure now avilable

 The Irish Hospice Foundation bereavement resource centre’s series of workshops on loss and bereavement will commence again on January 19th.

The workshops which address the spectrum of grief and loss are aimed at professionals and volunteers working in bereavement support and those wishing to learn more about bereavement theory and processes.

Workshops,  each of which are either one or two full day sessions run from January until late June with 23 titles being offered for the 2012 series. Topics covered range from suicide and addiction loss to communication skills for non clinical staff and creative arts in bereavement. Among the additions to the 2012 titles is ‘Grandparents grief; a complexity of losses‘ and ‘Final Journeys‘ a training input originally developed by the Hospice Friendly Hospitals programme to provide healthcare professionals with communication skills and insight to improve support and understanding around end-of-life care.

The workshops have accreditation of  two (for one day sessions) and six (for two days) CPD points from the Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW) and post registration category 1 from An Bord Altranis. Further details and booking enquiries can be made by contacting the Irish Hospice Foundation and the full brochure can be downloaded HERE

New MSc in End-of-Life Healthcare Ethics

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Ireland’s first multidisciplinary Postgraduate qualification dedicated to the examination of  issues and ethics in End-of-Life care will commence this Autumn.

The Msc in End-of-Life Healthcare Ethics will be based in UCC’s School of Nursing & Midwifery & School of Medicine and will be taught on a part time basis over two years.

The Msc has its origins in the collaboration between UCC, RCSI and the Irish Hospice Foundation’s Hospice Friendly Hospitals programme which led to the production of the Ethical Framework on End-of-Life Care, a tool to guide healthcare practitioners through the medical, ethical and legal issues around End-of-Life care.  Additional details on the course structure, entry requirements and application proceedure can be found HERE

Irish Hospice Foundation Scholarship

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The Irish Hospice Foundation is  offering a scholarship to cover fees for one successful student on the Msc. This scholarship is open to all applicants to the Msc. Scholarship applicants should state in writing (in 1000 words or less) their name,  work role and motivation for enrolling on the course. Scholarship applications should also seek to illustrate how they anticipate the course to impact patient care and ways the course will be used to inform and to educate within their organisation. Applications should be sent to the course co-ordinator, Dr. Joan McCarthy, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University College Cork, Ireland. Application deadline for this course is July 8th

Further details on the Irish Hospice Foundation scholarship can be obtained by contacting Orla.keegan@hospice-foundation.ie



Bereavement workshops – 2011 Brochure now available

The brochure for the Irish Hospice Foundation’s bereavement workshop schedule for 2011 is now available. The workshop programme begins on January 20th and runs until June 30th and is aimed at professionals or volunteers working with bereaved people.  Workshops qualify for post registration category 1 approval from An Bord Altranais

Topics new to the schedule for 2011 include; Schools & loss and Communicating in difficult circumstances for non-clinical staff.

Full details and descriptions of all featured workshops and booking details are available in the Brochure

 

Launch of a new bereavement training DVD

Lost for words - words for loss launches Thurs Sept 23rd

Tomorrow (Thursday Sept 23rd) The Irish Hospice Foundation will launch a new DVD and interactive training resource for bereavement support. The DVD will be launched by RTE presenter Miriam O’ Callaghan and will be available from the Irish Hospice Foundation at a cost of €20.  Further details of the launch are available HERE

‘Lost for words – words for loss’ was developed by Breffni Mc Guinness, training officer with the Irish Hospice Foundation and features insight from bereavement counsellors with organisations like Barnardos, AnamCara and Console.

The DVD is an introductory training resource which presents the different levels of bereavement support, focusing on level one support with specific input on terminal illness, coping with the death of a child and bereavement following suicide.

The DVD is aimed at those who provide initial support to the bereaved;  friends, colleagues, members of the caring professions and volunteers.

This the latest development from the Irish Hospice Foundation’s bereavement education resource centre which also offers workshops and training in bereavement – further details can be found HERE