Welcome to Patch Academy

Training for healthcare providers and carers on palliative care for children

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.

Our Paediatric Palliative Care Courses

Baby in hospital bed | Introducing Children's Palliative Care

Introducing Children’s Palliative Care

A comprehensive overview of the key elements of children's palliative care provision.

Little girl playing with her hair | Supporting Grieving Children Course

Supporting Grieving Children

A course for parents, carers or professionals caring for children grieving due to the loss of a loved one.

Doctor with his little patient | Communication in Children's Palliative Care

Communication in Children’s Palliative Care

Improve your communication skills with children, their parents, caregivers and colleagues.

Child being loved | assessing & managing pain in children

Assessing and Managing Children’s Pain

Learn how to recognise, assess and successfully manage pain in babies, children and young adults.

Child on floor with paper heart | Teamwork Managing Conflict and Self-Care

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.

child sitting cross legged | Cultural Competency & Spiritual Care in Paediatric Palliative Care

Cultural Competency and Spiritual Care

Learn to assess and provide appropriate cultural and spiritual care to children with serious illnesses and their families.

Child and mother in hospital | Psychosocial Support in Children's Palliative Care

Psychosocial Support in Children’s Palliative Care

Assessing, managing and providing psychosocial support to children and families. 

Mother and child | Loss, Grief, & Bereavement in Children's Palliative Care

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.

LIttle boy scratching his forehead | Ethics and Decision Making in Children's Palliative Care Course

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.

Sick child showing a thumbs up | holistic assessment and palliative care planning

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.

Sick girl holding her teddy | Symptom Management in Children's Palliative Care

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 | Adult holding childs hand

End-of-Life Care for Children

Learn how to manage end-of-life care for babies, children and young people and support their families.

Parents on hospital bed with their newborn | Perinatal and Neonatal Palliative Care

Perinatal and Neonatal Palliative Care

This course will be launched on 21 October 2023.

Children's Palliative Care Course - litttle girl smiling

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.

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