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Day Release Course in Short Course in Palliative Nursing Care for Professional and Enroled Nurses - Contact Tuition

Interests: Nurses / Palliative Care


The WHO defines palliative care as “an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing problems associated with life – threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering, the early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual”.

The goal of palliative care is achievement of the best quality of life for patients and their families. Palliative care is not limited to end of life care; many aspects of palliative care are also applicable earlier in the course of the patient’s illness in conjunction with other treatments.

Palliative care is an integral part of every nurse’s role. This course equips the nurse with a set of competencies required to provide quality palliative care services and education at all levels and settings of care.

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Who Should Enrol

This course is open to all professional and enrolled nurses registered with the South African Nursing Council.

This short course aims to improve patient care through improved palliative nursing knowledge, skills and performance.

Course Design

Hospice Palliative Care Association is offering a limited number of partial and full educational grants subject to approval for 2017. All applicants are eligible to apply. This grant will cover tuition fees but does not extend to travel, accommodation and other costs.

Course Content

Course work is divided into 4 modules.

  • Module 1: Principles and practice of palliative care.
  • Module 2: Theory and practice of symptom control.
  • Module 3: Communication skills in palliative care.
  • Module 4: Theory and practice of psychosocial, spiritual and supportive care.


In order to receive a certificate of competence learners need to meet the following requirements:

Contact sessions and on-line learning

  • Attend 3 contact session at the Centre of Palliative Care Learning site (CPL).
    • One full day of orientation. If unable to attend orientation day, alternative arrangements will be made to communicate via skype or teleconferencing.
    • One compulsory oral assessment OSCE at the nearest Centre of Palliative Care Learning by arrangement with the student's Educator.
    • One compulsory day of final summative exam.
  • Must engage in a minimum of 80% of all forum discussions on-line according to each of the four module.

(The course content will be available on-line and the learners will receive hard copy manuals (1-4), an assessment guide and a workplace task booklet.)

  • 60 hours of clinical work must be completed in approved sites. These hours are in addition to the contact and on-line learning time. (Learners are advised to discuss this with their employers.)

Learner assessments

  • Assessment of learning is integrated into the course.
  • Assignments are submitted to Nurse Educators electronically, by mail or by hand where feasible.

Workplace tasks

  • Learners are required to complete prescribed palliative nursing tasks within their own work environment

Communication assessment

  • A role play interview is used to assess communication skills and attitudes.

Final written examination

  • This is an examination conducted nationally.
  • Learners must successfully complete prescribed minimum standards in order to write the examination.


R 15 000.00 (Inclusive of all VAT and Taxes where applicable)

  • A non-refundable deposit of R1000 payable on registration
  • The balance of R14 000 is payable by 31 March 2017
  • There is a 50% discount available for NGO staff. See below for further details

Banking details for deposit and course fee payment

Bank name: Standard Bank
Account name: Hospice Palliative Care Association of SA
Account number: 271203854 Branch name: Pinelands
Branch Code: 036309 Branch Code: Ref No: Surname SCPNC

Fax or email proof of payment to

Chandre Adonis
Fax: 021 531 1706 Email: chandre@hpca.co.za
A discounted rate of 50% is available for NGO staff. This will cover tuition fees but does not extend to travel, accommodation or other costs. To apply for this discount contact Chandré Adonis by 30 January 2017. Contact details below.

Contact Teaching Dates

Module Dates
Module 1: 9 February – 9 March
Module 2: 16 March – 1 June
Module 3: 8 June – 29 June
Module 4: 20 July – 17 August
Clinical Practical’s: 6 July – 13 July
Revision: 24 August – 14 September

Module Assessment Tasks Completed

Module Dates
Module 1: 16 June 2017
Module 2: 8 June 2017
Module 3: 20 July 2017
Module 4: 24 August 2017

Completed Communication Skills Assessment

31 August 2017

Completed Clinical and Workplace Tasks

31 August 2017

Final Written Examination

19 September 2017

31 October 2017 - Rewrite by invitation only

Contact Details

Dr. Margot Uys

Tel: 012 816 9000
Fax: 086 502 5688
E-mail: healthscience@foundation.co.za
Address: PO Box 75324, Lynnwood Ridge, 0040
Website: www.foundation.co.za