Ty Hafan

problem solving in paediatric palliative care

A masters level short course in paediatric palliative care, starting 2019.

Cardiff UniversityOrganised by Cardiff University in collaboration with the All Wales Managed clinical network for children’s palliative care and Tŷ Hafan children’s hospice. The courses includes 88 hours of teaching including 4 days of face to face training and supports students in preparing a service development or clinical guideline pathway. Assessment is by presentation of the project at 4 months and a written piece of work evaluating the implementation of the project at 6 months.

It is opened to physicians, nurses, psychologists, and other professionals.

Specific details
  • 6 months duration
  • Commencing 2018
  • Blended learning format: Online learning with workshops in Cardiff, Wales.
  • Faculty drawn from Cardiff University and medical / nursing clinicians working in paediatric palliative care.

The vision of the course

The vision of the course is to improve patient care by delivering accessible education through which we aim to support health-care professionals to problem solve in paediatric palliative care, whatever their setting or area of interest.

How will this course be taught?

This is a blended learning programme incorporating 4 x monthly face-to-face components with additional distance-learning via Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), where students will find course materials, links to related resources and discussion groups. Our online course materials include interactive quizzes, reading materials, audio podcasts and short video clips to widen access to learning and make it more engaging.

Face to face teaching structure:
  • Morning session, Skills and Knowledge: A combination of programme facilitators and external speakers.
  • Afternoon session, Project workshop: structured session utilising group approach to problem solving on individual projects,
Face to face teaching themes:
  • Month 1: Early days: principles and philosophy of paediatric palliative care, identification of need, referral to services, assessment.
  • Month 2: Period of stability / need for parallel planning. Includes symptom control.
  • Month 3: End of life phase including advanced care planning.
  • Month 4: Bereavement and staff support:


During the face-to-face component students are introduced to concepts that are not easily taught through a VLE, including ethical challenges, decision making, communication skills and problem solving.

Integral to each face to face day is a project workshop.

Throughout the taught stages there are opportunities to acquire knowledge and understanding through a variety of means including independent study, reflective practice, peer discussion, workshops and tasks/exercises, communication skills practice and self-assessment, reviewing learning materials and lectures (podcasts). 

How will I be assessed?

Coursework 1: Presentation of project (50%)

Coursework 2: 3000 word Portfolio (50% of module mark)

Teaching contact hours

Guided student activity – 32 hours

Self-guided student activity – 56hrs (4 hrs / week for 4 months)

Total activity – 88 hours

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Interest in end-of-life/palliative care
  • Commitment to implementation and dissemination of end-of-life/palliative care education within your institution or organization

Core Programme Team
Dr Jo Griffiths

Dr Griffiths is the lead paediatric tutor and module lead of Postgraduate Palliative Care Education at Cardiff University She works as a consultant in children’s palliative care in Wales, working closely with both NHS and hospice sectors.

Dr Fiona Rawlinson

Dr Rawlinson is Clinical Senior Lecturer and Programme Director of Postgraduate Palliative Care Education at Cardiff University, and Consultant in palliative care, Cardiff. Her main interests are palliative care, medical education, innovation and collaboration.

How to apply

Course Cost: £550 per person
For further information on how you can register your place on the course, please contact education@tyhafan.org

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