Palliative Care Support QQI Level 5

Palliative Care Support QQI Level 5 

16 Weeks – Tuesday 6.30pm – 8.30pm

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.


Course Content:

During the course participants will endeavour 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-centred 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.


  • Examination and Project based

Course Dates – Tuesday 6.30pm – 8.30pm

  • October 9th, 16th and 23rd
  • November 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th
  • December 4th and 11th
  • January 8th 15th, 22nd and 29th
  • February 5th, 12th and 19th


Start Date

October 9th at 6.30pm




Examination fee of €20 is payable for non medical card holders for certification of the course.  If you have a valid medical card you will be exempt from the examination fee but a copy of this must be emailed on application to