Caring for the Child with a Life-Limiting Condition Level B: A 7-Day Programme for Nursing Staff

CLLC-Level-B-Autumn-2016Autumn 2016 Dates Now Confirmed!

4th, 5th, 6th, 12th,13th, 19th & 20th 
at CCNE, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital – Crumlin
This is a HSE national programme and there is no fee.

Contact/Further Information

Cecilia McGarry– CLLC Programme Co-ordinator
Centre of Children’s Nurse Education
Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, Dublin 12
Phone: 01 4096605 / 6025

Programme Details


To provide participants with opportunities to acquire additional knowledge, experiences and values to provide supportive and palliative care for children with life-limiting conditions and their families. An integrated approach to the delivery of healthcare across the statutory and voluntary services is essential to provide safe, high quality and effective care to meet the needs of these children and their families.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the programme the participants should be able to:

  • Explain the philosophy and principles of providing supportive and palliative care for the child with a life-limiting condition in any practice / healthcare setting
  • Assess, plan, implement and evaluate the care required by children with lifelimiting conditions from a palliative care perspective, specifically in relation to the
    management of pain and symptom control
  • Demonstrate commitment to enhancing the quality of life for children with lifelimiting conditions throughout the trajectory of the condition and at the time of death
  • Provide education and training to parent(s) / family and other healthcare professionals as required
  • Support the child and family particularly when death is imminent and following the death of a child
  • Collaborate with the necessary health and social care services (statutory and voluntary) to ensure the delivery of an integrated and seamless service for the child and family
  • Contribute to and influence change in current practice within local health and social care services. Assessment of Learning

Programme participants will be required to:

  • maintain a reflective learning journal throughout the programme
  • undertake an assignment and/or presentation, based on his/her clinical practice relating to children with life-limiting conditions.

Programme Content

  • Supportive / palliative care for the child with a life-limiting condition and family
  • Child development
  • Communicating with children
  • Cultural diversity
  • Managing the child’s pain and symptoms
  • Ethical perspectives
  • Caring for the child and family around death
  • Bereavement and grief
  • Health and social care service provision
  • Support and care of self.


A certificate of attendance will be provided to programme participants on completion of all seven days.

Course Participants

Registered Nurses (all disciplines) and Registered Midwives who provide care for children with life-limiting conditions and their families.


Seven days over a three week period — 42 hours (6 contact hours per day) Programme is usually held three times a year — 2016 dates to be confirmed.


Centre of Children’s Nurse Education, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin


This programme is accredited through the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) through University College Dublin (UCD) Level 8 and participants receive 5 Credits.

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