21 April 2023
By Elaine Murphy
A new masters on end-of-life care has been launched by Mícheál Martin. The course is run by Marymount Hospice and UCC. This part-time progremame and offers a blended-learning experience and is open to all healthcare professionals.
Tánaiste Micheál Martin said: “I greatly welcome the launch of this new joint MSc in Palliative Care between Marymount University Hospital and Hospice and University College Cork, which ensures continued high-quality education and research programmes to ensure excellent clinical care for the future.
“Palliative care has become increasingly important for all of us as our population ages – people are living longer, sometimes even with chronic diseases. It plays a huge role in improving the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illnesses and for those needing end-of-life care.
Chief Executive Officer of Marymount University Hospital and Hospice, Dr. Sarah McCloskey, said: “As a relatively new medical speciality, Specialist Palliative Care is often misunderstood by both healthcare professionals and the public. It is essential that we educate more.
“This Masters programme, through enhancement of knowledge and awareness of palliative care will enable appropriate and faster access to specialist services which ultimately benefits patients and families.”