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Clinical Placements

Northern Ireland Hospice Core Learning Objectives for Clinical Placements


Requesting a Clinical Placement

Northern Ireland Hospice is happy to consider short-term clinical placements. Arrangements vary according to discipline and enquiries should be directed to relevant heads of department.



To enable the student/ practitioner to have an awareness of the skills and knowledge required to deliver palliative care to patients with advanced, progressive disease and those who matter to them.


At the end of a clinical placement the student/ practitioner will be able to:-

  • Describe and define the concept and philosophy of palliative care
  • Understand the significance of inter-disciplinary teamwork within which the provision of physical, social, emotional and spiritual care is paramount
  • Recognise the importance of effective pain and symptom management
  • Identify the skills necessary to communicate effectively with patients and those who matter to them
  • Discuss and interpret the ethical framework which guides decision making in palliative care
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the bereavement and grieving process and the need to provide support for the bereaved

Northern Ireland Hospice Clinical Placement Charter

What Each Student Has the Right to Expect

  • Courtesy and respect and to be treated as a valued member of the interdisciplinary team.
  • Mentors and managers who offer regular contact time to jointly reflect on progress and practice, to identify areas for development and to complete assessment documentation.
  • A learning environment that is conducive to meeting students’ individual needs commensurate with their competency level and clinical practice needs

What Each Member of Clinical Staff Has the Right to Expect

  • Courtesy and respect from students towards patients, family/ carers and members of the interdisciplinary team
  • Students to treat information relating to patients, families, staff and volunteers as confidential.
  • Students to make an appropriate contribution to patient and family care while flexibility is ensured to meet negotiated individual learning needs
  • Students to be flexible in using available learning opportunities to experience 24 hour care and care pathways

What Each Member of the University and Lecturer Has the Right to Expect

  • Courtesy and respect from clinical staff and students in clinical placement areas
  • Clinical staff or mentor to notify link lecturer as soon as there is a concern about a student’s progress or other issues which need addressed
  • Mentors who have been appropriately prepared for their role