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6 Months + 2 Saturdays
Unit 1: Working with A Palliative Care Approach
Definition of the terms ‘palliative care’ and ‘end-of-life care’
The terms ‘cancer’ and a ‘life-limiting illness’
Understanding the philosophy and principles of palliative care
The role of national end-of-life care standards
The structure and organisation of specialist palliative care services
The roles and responsibilities of the specialist palliative care team and the multi-disciplinary team, when
caring for a person diagnosed with a life-limiting illness
Recognising the diversity of family structures and their supportive role as the primary carers
Common fears and anxieties that may be experienced by the person diagnosed with a life-limiting illness and also by his/her family, carers and significant others
Developing a sensitive approach to persons experiencing altered body image
The role of the support worker, in promoting the following for a person diagnosed with a lifelimiting
autonomy and respect for personal decision making
self esteem and a sense of worth
quality of life
Environmental issues which impact on palliative care and end of life care provision
The impact on the person, his/her family, carers and significant others of being diagnosed with
a life-limiting illness and their associated coping mechanisms
Coping mechanisms for dealing with personal losses from the past
Unit 2: Communication Skills
Effective communication skills with those who display emotions such as anger, fear, sadness, depression,
withdrawal or confusion
Effective communication skills with those who have communication difficulties, for example hearing impairment or speech difficulties
Personal strengths and weaknesses in communicating with the dying person and his/her family, carers and significant others
The influence of personal attitudes and feelings when communicating with dying persons and their families
Promoting an environment that allows the dying person and his/her family, carers and significant others to express fears and emotions, including the use of touch and silence
Understanding of cultural and religious diversity, in relation to caring for a person, diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, his/her family, carers and significant others and also in the last days and hours of life
The role of the various members of the healthcare team when communicating information to the dying person and his/her family
Communicating information received from the dying person and his/her family to members of the healthcare team
Strategies for seeking advice and assistance from members of the healthcare team.
Unit 3: Caring for People with Specific Needs
A person-centred approach to caring for a person in the last days of their life
Supportive, holistic care for the person while promoting safety, dignity, respect and comfort
The role of the support worker, in meeting the needs of the person during the last days of life, who is experiencing:
nausea and vomiting
sore mouth/dry mouth
altered state of consciousness
The role of the support worker in meeting the needs of the person with a syringe driver or a medication patch
Responding appropriately to the needs of the person who is confused or restless in the last days and hours of life
The diverse signs and symptoms that death is imminent
Duties after a person has died, in accordance with local workplace policy and in a way that is respectful to the deceased person and their belongings
The needs of specific vulnerable groups, in relation to death, dying and bereavement. For example:
people with intellectual disabilities
people with mental health problems
Unit 4: Bereavement Care
Understanding individual patterns of grief and loss
Why the support worker must respond sensitively to the family, carers and significant others and also other patients/ service users and colleagues when a patient/ service user is dying and after they die.
Awareness that some people’s grief may go unrecognised. For example:
people with intellectual disabilities
divorced or separated spouses
people living or working in residential care settings
Awareness of how to access bereavement information and the services and support available to families,
carers, significant others and themselves
Component Certificate in Palliative Care Approach (FETAC Level 5)
Certificate in Palliative Care Approach (The College of Progressive Education)
Who should participate in this course?
This course is designed for those people working, or planning to work, with people who are at this stage of their life cycle in a paid or voluntary capacity. This is one of the elective modules for the Healthcare Support cetificate FETAC level 5 DHSXX.
Provide holistic care for clients at this stage of their life cycle
Develop and acquire effective communication skills with the client and the family members
Recognise and respect the individual's uniqueness at this stage of life
Recognise the importance of working as a team to ensure quality care for the individual client.
There are no specific entry requirements. Minimum age is 17 years.
Learners must also be capable of undertaking assessment work to Ordinalry Level Leaving Certificate standard.
Learners must also submit a letter detailing how and where they are going to obtain their work experience.
International learners undertaking this course should have confidence in their English language, reading, writing and comprehension skills and have at least a 5 IELTS score or equivalent
Learners must be working with an individual or individuals who are receiving palliative care and must also gain experience of working with a person who is in the end stages of life. A minimum of 20 hours work experience is required during the programme.
Learner Record - 70%
Assignment - 30%
6 Months including 2 Saturdays
FETAC Level 5 Health Support Certificate (DHSXX)
Practical Home Care Skills - FETAC Level 5 Component Certificate
Family support member