Although death in childhood is relatively uncommon, the specific care needs of the child and family require a reflective, family centred and evidence-based approach to practice. This module provides students with the opportunity to explore what life-limiting illness means in the context of childhood and gain an overview of the key concepts which make palliative care for children and their families different to palliative care offered to adults.
Application deadline is the 15th of July.

Students will develop a deeper understanding of the range of illnesses that affect children, and for whom palliative care may be required. In particular, you will learn that, unlike adult palliative care which historically has been predominantly cancer-focused, most children in need of palliative care have non-malignant disease which is often neurological, metabolic or genetic in origin. This module will consider the incidence and prevalence of life-threatening illness for children in Ireland and an understanding of why paediatric palliative care requires a specific set of unique skills for practice.

The module runs over 10 weeks with 5 units in the module:
Unit 1  focuses on key definitions and gives an introduction to the concept of life-limiting illness in childhood
Unit 2  explores the meaning of family-centred care and looks at the needs of core care groups such as siblings and adolescents
Unit 3  reflects the value of multi-agency working and the important role of the voluntary sector in end-of-life care for children. It also provides a critical reflection on the Irish policy on children’s palliative care
Unit 4  explores the principles of symptom management applied to children, including the supportive care of the child and family in terminal illness
Unit 5  considers the dimensions of grief, loss and bereavement as experienced by children and their families

Module leader
Claire Quinn, Lecturer and clinical remit in community children's palliative care has a special interest in the promotion of children's palliative care in Ireland. 

Target Market 
All RGNs, RNID, RSCN working with children with life-limiting illnesses in an acute or community setting.

Students must be currently working with children at end of life who have a life-limiting illness. Students must also complete a 3 day placement in a paediatric palliative care setting.

Contact Information

(Mornings: Wednesday-Friday)

Please select Postgrad CPD in Nursing and Midwifery (PFC1)  when making your application.