European Certificate in Essential Palliative Care

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The European Certificate in Essential Palliative care (ECEPC) is aimed at helping professionals consolidate and develop their palliative care confidence and expertise.
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About the course:

The majority of healthcare professional working in hospitals and the community look after patients with palliative care needs on a regular basis.

The European Certificate in Essential Palliative care (ECEPC) is aimed at helping professionals consolidate and develop their palliative care confidence and expertise. The course is designed to meet the needs of healthcare professionals new to specialist palliative care services who wish to establish a strong foundation of knowledge on which to build specialist knowledge and skills.

The course was developed at Princess Alice Hospice in 2001. It is now offered at a range of sites both nationally and internationally – including St Clare Hospice, Hastingwood.

This is a home-based course. All candidates are provided with an extensive course workbook and access to a comprehensive virtual learning site. All candidates are assigned a facilitator to support them through the course. The culmination of the course is the assessment day which is mandatory for all candidates across the sites. Staff working in hospices in the UK can apply to the Wolfson Foundation (via Hospice UK) to cover part of the cost of this programme. (Link can be added here).

Watch the ECEPC intro video here

What it will cover:

The course is an eight week, home-based course with a multi-professional programme. The culmination of the course is an assessment day which is mandatory for all candidates. The programme will be covering:

  • What is palliative care and who is it for?
  • Patients with emergency conditions
  • Breaking bad news to patients and families
  • Common ethical issues
  • Symptom issues in palliative care
  • Patients in the last 48 hours of life
  • Bereavement and support

What you will get:

  • An extensive course workbook
  • Access to a comprehensive virtual learning site
  • An assigned facilitator to support you through the course

Who should attend:

Healthcare professionals who may wish to access the course include medical and nursing staff, allied heath professionals (from acute, community and hospice settings) and paramedics.

Facilitators:

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Syed Qamar Abbas (Medical Director)

 

 

Course Administrator: Samantha Haythorpe

 

 

Senior clinical staff from St Clare Hospice who will also work as facilitators and mentors for candidates.

Course dates:

Autumn 2022:

5th May 2022 – Registration open

  • Note: Registration closes 26th August 2022

12th September 2022Course launch event

  • Time: 6.00pm
  • Venue: St Clare Hospice, Hastingwood Road, Harlow, Essex CM17 9JX

9th November 2022Remote assessment day

  • Time: 9.30am – 2pm (latest)
  • Venue: Remote

Spring 2023:   

Dates to be confirmed

Funding:

Course Fee: £500

Staff working in hospices in the UK can apply to the Wolfson Foundation (via Hospice UK) to cover part of the cost of this programme. For information on applying for funding visit: hospiceuk.org/professionals/grants/wolfson-bursaries-hospice-staff

Course application form

Course information leaflet


Find out more

For more information on taking part in the ECEPC, get in touch with our Medical & Development Administrator Samantha Haythorpe on 01279 773700 or email [email protected]