Post Graduate and Undergraduate Training and Courses in CPC

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Post Graduate Training in Children’s Palliative Care is offered at the following institutions around the world:


Palliative Care Curriculum for Undergraduates (PPC4U)

PCC4U promotes the inclusion of palliative care education as an integral part of all medical, nursing, and allied health undergraduate and entry to practice training, and ongoing professional development.

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Université Catholique de Louvain (Brussels, Belgium) and Université Catholique de Lille (France)
Multi-university diploma

The first inter-university diploma in paediatric palliative care began in Brussels, Belgium in December 2014.

Organised by Université Catholique de Louvain (Brussels, Belgium) and Université Catholique de Lille (France), the courses include 120 hours of teaching, 5 days integration training and demands a final written essay.

It is opened to physicians, nurses, psychologists, and other professionals. A total of 56 teachers from different universities and hospitals are involved in the pedagogical team, all of whom are enthusiastic to share their expertise.

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NUI Galway in conjunction with the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems, University College Dublin

Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Children’s Palliative / Complex Care) suitable for all general, intellectual disability, community haematology/oncology, children’s nurses or midwives. Delivered in a blended learning format by the School of Nursing & Midwifery. NUI Galway in conjunction with the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems, University College Dublin.

Modules within the new nursing programme at the National University of Ireland Galway are now open to international students who wish to undertake individual modules in children’s palliative or complex care as a Professional Credit Award.

Closing date for applications is 1st May 2018.

Find information and a link below:

Specific details

  • 2 years duration
  • Commencing September 2018
  • Online learning with workshops in NUI, Galway / UCD
  • Dedicated Specialist Clinical Facilitator

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Tel: 091 495353
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Download the flyer:  FINAL FLYER _ Msc Childrens Palliative Complex Care_flyer_v3

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Pediatric Palliative Care Fellowship Programs

Upon completion of either of these training programs, a physician is expected to be a competent subspecialist in Pediatric Palliative Medicine, capable of assuming a consultant’s role in the subspecialty. The physician will acquire competency in all aspects of the subspecialty, including its foundations in the basic medical sciences and scholarly activities, as well as leadership, advocacy and teaching. Only candidates who have completed post-graduate training in pediatrics are eligible for these training programs. Link for more details:

  1. Hybrid Pediatric Palliative Care Fellowship: For pediatricians in South Asia

This is a 1-year full time clinical fellowship program, which begins in January each year. Applications are due in September of each year and select candidates will be offered an interview. There is a fee for the course, with scholarship funding available for those with financial need.

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  1. Hyderabad-based Pediatric Palliative Care Fellowship: For pediatricians in India

This program is a 1-year full time in-person clinical fellowship program, which has two entry times per year, in January and July.

Fellows will have clinical training with the Hyderabad Centre for Palliative Care and affiliated programs for the duration of the fellowship. This clinical training is complemented by teaching and training workshops with local and international faculty and a scholarly project.

Applications are accepted at any time, with select candidates being offered an interview. Admission is for starting dates in January and June each year. The position includes a stipend. There is a modest course fee.

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ASMPEA (Accademia delle Scienze di Medicina Palliativa) in collaboration with the University of Bologna

Advanced Training Course in Paediatric Palliative Care
Physicians and other health professionals
Length: one year part time (200 hours of lessons)

Master’s Degree in Paediatric Palliative Care
Admission: nurses and physiotherapists
Length: two year part time (270 hours of lessons and 350 hours of internship)

Master’s Degree in High Education and Qualification in Pain Therapy and Pediatric Palliative Care for physicians
Admission: Paediatricians and Paediatric Anaesthesiology
Length: two-year part time (330 hours of lessons and 1500 hours of internship

Monica Beccaro
Responsabile – Accademia delle Scienze di Medicina Palliativa
Tel: 051 19933737
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Maruzza Lyceum is the first Training school in Italy to offer specific training in Children’s Palliative Care (CPC) and Pain Management (PM) and as stipulated the Italian Palliative Care Society’s (SICP) Core Curriculum.

The workshops are aimed at all healthcare professionals and caregivers who wish to extend and enhance their curriculum with expertise in the provision of palliative care and pain management for babies, children and adolescents.

Tel:  +39 06 3290609
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Portuguese Catholic University
School of Public Health and Family Medicine

Courses run annually from October to May. The course has regular on-site sessions for a total duration of 124 hours. Students receive classes on principles and philosophy of paediatric palliative care, research, ethics, communication, grief and bereavement, spirituality, family support, service development and organization and symptom control. Classes consist of formal lectures, practical sessions and group discussions.

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South Africa

University of Cape Town
School of Public Health and Family Medicine

This international Diploma programme is a 12-month course comprising one core module Palliative Care Principles (semester 1) and two elective modules – Clinical Palliative Care, Paediatric palliative Care (semester 2).

Students will choose one of these modules to study in Semester 2.
The PG Diploma provides entry qualification to the MPhil degree which includes completion of a research project and additional coursework modules.
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Mildmay, Uganda
Diploma in Paediatric Palliative Care

A training opportunity exists for a Diploma in Paediatric Palliative Care.  This is a 12 months’ work-based modular course. The course does not require one to resign his/her job but rather undertaken as one continues with their employment. The course develops students’ competencies in providing quality and holistic palliative care for children with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses, and their families. It develops particular skills in managing and administering integrated Paediatric Palliative Care within a health care system as well as advocating for Paediatric Palliative Care by generating evidence and documenting best practice.

Eligibility: The course is open to recognised professionals in health and/or social care: Nurses, Doctors, Clinical Officers, Physiotherapists, Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists and Spiritual Counselors among others.

Find out more: Paediatric Palliative Care Diploma Advert – Mildmay Uganda

United Kingdom

Cardiff University
Palliative Medicine/Palliative Care(MSc/PgDip)

Cardiff University offers two levels of qualification in Palliative Care/Medicine. The courses have been specifically designed for the varying needs of busy practitioners working in differing clinical settings across the globe.
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Coventry University
Paediatric Complex, Life-Limiting, End of Life Care

This course aims to assist health care practitioners and paramedics to understand the care required by children and their families when faced with a complex, end of life or life threatening illness.
The module is delivered via a web based learning tool cited on Coventry University’s web platform. Audio-visual presentations and other resources will be available on the university intranet to supplement your learning.
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See more Events and Training in the UK

Visit the Together for Short Lives Events and Training page here

United States of America

EPEC – Pediatrics
EPEC – Pediatrics is a comprehensive adaptation of the EPEC curriculum designed to address the needs of children, their families, and pediatric oncology providers and other pediatric clinicians. It was developed by and continues to receive input from experts in several pediatric disciplines as well as parent advocate advisors. It consists of 23 core and 2 elective topics in pain and symptom management in palliative care. These topics are taught as a combination of 20 distance learning modules and 6 in-person conference sessions. This in-person conference is offered annually.
Find out more from the EPEC-Pediatrics website

ELNEC-Pediatric Palliative Care Train-The-Trainer:

ELNEC-Pediatric Palliative Care (ELNEC-PPC) was adapted from the ELNEC-Core curriculum to meet the unique needs of children and their families. The curriculum also includes perinatal and neonatal content.

Who can do the course?

  • Undergraduate and graduate pediatric nursing faculty
  • CE Providers and staff development educators working in pediatric settings
  • Hospice nurses
  • Homecare nurses
  • APRN/staff nurses working in pediatric acute care settings (i.e. oncology, medical/surgical, palliative care settings, NICU, PICU, clinics, etc.)
  • Other members of the pediatric interdisciplinary team are welcome to attend, with the understanding that the curriculum is written by nurses for nurses

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Interest in end-of-life/palliative care
  • Commitment to implementation and dissemination of end-of-life/palliative care education within your institution or organization

Find out more from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing website 


The Vision of Hope curriculum was motivated by a commitment to integrate the principles of pediatric palliative care (PPC) into the care of individuals living with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) or Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).  The purpose of the curriculum is to provide institutions with evidence-based curricular materials based upon the IPPC model in order to integrate PPC concepts that will improve the quality of care for patients with SCD or DMD throughout their care continuum. The curriculum is designed to provide a training sequence of several PPC principles relevant to interdisciplinary team members. Curriculum objectives include exploring knowledge, skills, and attitudes related to patient and family care for a variety of disciplines and any level of PPC knowledge and experience.

Find out more about this free online resource from the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics website

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