QQI Palliative Care Course - 5N3769

Palliative Care Course Outline

The QQI Palliative Care Course is 4 day module which is available only for Private HomeCare carers. If you are interested in working with us, please visit our recruitment page. Once approved by us to become a carer, you can join any of our courses immediately!

The course is broken into four days of training to cover the following topics:

  • Day 1 of 4: Working with a palliative care approach.
  • Day 2 of 4: Communications skills for staff with direct contact with residents/clients and/or families. Listening and communication skills are needed to achieve quality personalised palliative care at the end of life.
  • Day 3 of 4: Death and dying; total pain control, fatigue management, nausea and vomiting, constipation, diarrhoea, sore mouth/dry mouth, swallowing difficulties, breathlessness and delirium.
  • Day 4 of 4: Bereavement and loss; grief and bereavement, experiential model, transitions model (Cairns 2003), phases of grief, self care strategies, support systems in Ireland, right to die in Ireland-high profile court judgement (2013)

Qualification Details

  • QQI Course Code : 5N3769
  • NFQ Level 5
  • Award Class Minor

Upcoming Course Dates and Cost

This 4 day course takes place one day per week, over 4 weeks:

  • May 2019:  1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd (Wednesdays)
  • October 2019: 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd (Tuesdays)

Cost is €195 per person for the entire course, including all materials.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of your palliative care training, you will be able to:

  • 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.

Course Duration

4 days spread across a number of weeks.

Book Now

To reserve your place, please contact our training team.


All of our training takes place in the Lucan Centre, Lucan, Dublin. This is accessible by frequent public transport buses. Full details will be provided upon booking.


Training is delivered by our inhouse certified trainer, Anna Lloyd. Anna has extensive experience within the care industry as well as being a professional trainer. Anna's style is friendly, interactive and very supportive.

Related Courses

To see our full list of QQI courses, visit our Carer Training page.

Related Services

We offer palliative care in Dublin and the surrounding counties, to see more visit our Palliative Care Services page.