Life & Time Nurses achieve European Certification in Palliative Care

Life & time is committed to furthering the education and training, not only its own staff, but any Health Care Professional delivering palliative care in our service area. An example of this, is the recent success of two of our staff, Deirdre Morgan & Michaela Kane, who recently completed the European Palliative Care Certificate, run by the Princess Alice Hospice, Esher.This is an 8-week course for clinicians who are new to palliative care or for those who are looking after people with palliative needs. The course is run by the Princess Alice Hospice in Esher and the Northern Ireland Hospice is one of the sites used for the course.

Nurse Morgan said that “The reading material provided was an excellent resource and one which I have since used regularly when managing patients with Palliative care needs in the Community setting.

Having completed this course, I would recommend it to anyone who is working in Palliative & End of life care. I have found It has helped me build a strong foundation of knowledge and skills along with the Palliative care confidence and expertise required when working in this field of Nursing. I am much more confident discussing those difficult conversations with Patients & their families in a more sympathetic manner.”

Nurse Kane added, “After completing the European Certificate in Essential Palliative care course, I feel it has enhanced my skills to support the individual and their family with confidence and sensitivity. The Examiners did make me feel at ease on the day of the assessments.

Speaking about the successful completion of the course, Medical Director of Life & time, Dr. Henry McLaughlin said, “We are delighted with the achievement of both Nurses” and added that “Not only is this learning applicable to their work with Life & Time, but the knowledge is transferable to their main roles in the Southern Health & Social Care Trust. We would encourage any Health Care Professional in our Service areas, who would like to know more about what support we can offer for Professional Development in the field of palliative care, to get in touch”.