Patch Academy is an online learning platform that offers paediatric palliative care training via interactive courses on various aspects of providing holistic care to children with palliative care needs. The paediatric palliative care courses have been developed by a group of experts in the field with members of a multi-disciplinary palliative care team in mind. However, there are no prerequisites for taking our courses. We invite anyone with an interest in caring for children with serious, chronic, life-threatening and/or complex medical conditions and their families to complete any or all of them.
Introducing Children’s Palliative Care
A comprehensive overview of the key elements of children's palliative care provision.
Supporting Grieving Children
A course for parents, carers or professionals caring for children grieving due to the loss of a loved one.
Communication in Children’s Palliative Care
Improve your communication skills with children, their parents, caregivers and colleagues.
Assessing and Managing Children’s Pain
Learn how to recognise, assess and successfully manage pain in babies, children and young adults.
Teamwork, Managing Conflict and Self-Care
Learn what's needed to work well in a team, manage conflict in difficult situations and to practice self-care.
Cultural Competency and Spiritual Care
Learn to assess and provide appropriate cultural and spiritual care to children with serious illnesses and their families.
Psychosocial Support in Children’s Palliative Care
Assessing, managing and providing psychosocial support to children and families.
Loss, Grief and Bereavement in Children’s Palliative Care
Learn how to assess the needs and provide support to grieving parents, children and family members.
Ethics and Decision Making in Children’s Palliative Care
Learn about children's rights, the law and how to ensure ethical decision making in children's palliative care.
Holistic Assessment and Palliative Care Planning
Learn how to assess holistically and plan ahead for emergency situations and for the terminal phase of a child's illness.
Symptom Management in Children’s Palliative Care
Learn to identify and manage common symptoms in children needing palliative care.
End-of-Life Care for Children
Learn how to manage end-of-life care for babies, children and young people and support their families.
Perinatal and Neonatal Palliative Care
This course will be launched on 21 October 2023.
Comprehensive 8-Month Course on Children’s Palliative Care
A comprehensive and interactive course over 8 months on the key elements of children's palliative care.