Certificate in Clinical Care for Residential Facilities

CPD Credits33

Develop expertise in clinical care for the older person in residential facilities

Last few places available!

Starting 20th September 2023 

LHP Skillnet may provide partial funding for this course for individuals working in the private sector. To avail of this funding, please apply here or email: office@lhpskillnet.ie to find out more.

The COVID-19 pandemic brought residential care facilities for older people into sharp focus, unearthing distinct challenges for healthcare professionals in these complex settings. There is now an opportunity to build on our knowledge and the agility displayed during this time of crisis to advance the care of older people in Ireland.

This course is designed for General Practitioners, other physicians, Directors of Nursing, Clinical Nurse Managers and Persons in Charge who want to develop their expertise in the care of older people living in residential care and collaborate with other healthcare professionals and experts to drive improvements in this area.

It covers clinical care of the older person, including the management of dementia, therapeutics, the prescribing and de-prescribing of medication where appropriate and end of life care. You will also gain an understanding of best practice when communicating with residents, families and carers and when working as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

“Learn how to manage the care the older person to enhance their dignity and comfort while respecting their autonomy.”

You will learn from leading experts in geriatric medicine, palliative care, psychiatry, infectious diseases, general practice, pharmacy and IT and experts in law and ethics. You will also hear from the CEO of HiQA and representatives from the nursing homes industry.

This programme emphasises the role of regulation and governance and the models of care that are present in Ireland. It also highlights the role technology plays in quality and risk management. The ethical and legal issues faced by those caring for the older population is emphasised throughout the programme.

“Extremely beneficial for any GP involved in the care of patients in nursing homes. The tutors were great. It covers key issues such as the management of risk and infection control. It also includes governance and regulation and how and why the policies and procedures are introduced.”

Dr Christine McCarthy, Millstreet Medical Centre, Co. Cork.

"It was great to meet with GPs who were taking this course and to hear about the challenges they face in treating residents in a nursing home. This gave me a new perspective on how we can collaborate to provide the best possible care. It was a very good course. I learned a lot.”

 Anne Costello, Director of Nursing, Tara Care Centre.

“An indispensable investment in my professional development and especially in understanding the complex care needs for the elderly in residential care facilities. It was packed with evidence-based practises and practical tools enabling me to make informed decisions. It helped to enhance my skills, knowledge and confidence.”

 Dr Fahd Fayyaz

 Registrar, Wexford General Hospital


What you will learn

On completion of the certificate, you will be able to:

• Describe the common clinical scenarios, best management practices and likely outcomes that can occur when caring for older people

• Understand the different clinical governance models that apply for healthcare professionals working in residential care settings

• Understand the ethical, legal, psychological, and social aspects of care of older persons

• Communicate effectively with older people, their families and/or carers and demonstrate the importance of effective communication when working as part of a multi-disciplinary team

• Demonstrate an understanding of data management, reporting, reporting obligations and the role of the healthcare professional in the governance, management, and accountability within residential care facilities

• Recognise the basic tools of quality improvement and apply these in your role to improve quality in your healthcare environment


Time Commitment

The course runs from September-November and includes three live virtual evening sessions and a one-day interactive in-person workshop in Dublin.

Start Date: 20th September 2023

Who is this Certificate suitable for?

This Certificate has been designed for healthcare professionals working in Ireland who are seeking to develop expertise in clinical care for the older person in residential care facilities.

It will be of interest to:

  • General Practitioners, GP Trainees, Medical Officers, doctors considering a career in geriatrics and Community Health doctors
  • Directors of Nursing/Clinical Nurse Managers/Persons in Charge in Residential Care Facilities with a special interest in gerontologic nursing

Delivered by leading experts

This certificate programme is delivered by leading experts in Geriatric Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Physiotherapy, Community Care, General Practice and law and ethics.


Prof Dermot Power

Consultant Geriatrician

Graduated in 1991 from University College Dublin and trained at Mater Misericordiae University Hospital in Dublin (MMUH), ultimately specialising in Geriatric Medicine. Subsequently Prof Power trained at the John Radcliffe Hospital and Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford and he was awarded his MD from University College Dublin in 2002.

His special interests include dementia, health service planning and medical ethics. Prof Power is a Consultant Geriatrician at the Mater in Dublin.

Dr Shaun Timothy O’Keeffe

Consultant Geriatrician

Shaun O'Keeffe MD FRCPI graduated from University College Dublin in 1985. He trained in Internal and Geriatric Medicine in Galway, Dublin, Boston and Liverpool. He has been a Consultant Geriatrician and an Honorary Personal Professor of Medicine in Galway University Hospitals since 2000. He is co-chair of the HSE National Consent Policy revision group and of the HSE Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act implementation group. Research interests include cognitive impairment, sleep disturbance, dysphagia and ethical issues in the care of older people.

Dr Tomasz Tomasiuk

Nursing Home Medical Officer

Dr Tomasz Tomasiuk (MD), a graduate of the Medical University of Gdansk, Poland (2001) holds a Diploma in Geriatric and Long-Term Care, Diploma in Old Age Psychiatry and Neuropsychology, and a Certificate in Palliative Care. He is a PhD Candidate at the School of Nursing, Psychotherapy & Community Health at Dublin City University where he is working on a project aiming at developing LGBT friendly nursing home care. He is employed by Grace Healthcare Group and provides holistic care to residents of Tara Winthrop Private Clinic for nearly 17 years.



Prof Jack Lambert

Infectious Diseases Consultant

Professor John Lambert is an Infectious Diseases Consultant at the MMUH and Professor at UCD School of Medicine with over 25 years’ experience working in HIV, Hepatitis C, STI, and other disease areas. Trained in the USA, UK, he worked for 6 years in Baltimore at the Johns Hopkins Institutes and the University Of Maryland Institute Of Human Virology, where he developed skills in vaccinology, HIV, and International Health. Professor Lambert holds consultant specialty certifications in adult and pediatric infectious diseases, general medicine and in sexual health. As lead of the National Isolation Unit of Ireland from 2010-2018, he has managed all emerging infections, including Ireland's Ebola effort and has taken a clinical lead at the MMUH on the management of COVID-19. He has led HepCare Europe, a 1.8 million euro project aiming at improving the elimination of HCV in the European Union and co-funded by the European Third Health Programme.

Dr Matthew Sadlier

Consultant Adult Psychiatrist Mater Hospital

Dr Matthew Sadlier is a Consultant Adult Psychiatrist in the Mater Hospital. After completing higher specialist training in General Practice, he the St John of God training scheme in psychiatry. Since completing higher specialist training in psychiatry he initially worked as a consultant in General Adult Psychiatry and works as a Consultant in Old Age Liaison Psychiatry in the Mater Misericordia and Connolly Hospital’s. He is a former president of the Irish Medical Organisation.

Angela Fitzgerald

Chief Executive of HIQA

Angela Fitzgerald was appointed Chief Executive of HIQA in March 2022. Prior to this appointment, she served as Deputy National Director, Acute Operations in the Health Service Executive. Angela has 27 years of wide-ranging experience in senior management in the health sector, with extensive experience of driving change and quality improvements. In addition to the development and implementation of hospital policy in the Department of Health, she led major national change processes in the HSE in a range of areas, such as hospital emergency services, the National Care Experience Programme and the National Transplant Services.

Rachel Simons

MSc Health Informatics, BSc Nursing Management, Foundation Diploma in Teaching Adults, RGN.

Rachel currently contributes to the Department of Health in the role of Nursing Project Manager in the Older Persons Policy Development Unit. Her role, in partnership with relevant stakeholders, is to strategically plan and develop national policies attending to the recommendations in the Nursing Home Expert Report (2020).

Having trained in London in 1993, Rachel continued to work in London in acute medical admissions, patient flow, discharge Planning, and clinical site management. Rachel moved to Dublin in 2003 and has worked in Community Health Organisations in older persons’ care spanning 19 years. During these years, Rachel was a Person in Charge of two public community nursing units, a Director of Nursing for Clinical Strategy, and a General Manager for older person’s services in the Community Healthcare Organisation of Dublin North City and County.

Rachel has a passion for ensuring that older persons living in the community receive person-centered care aligned with the vision of Slaintecare and has a keen interest in improving services for persons with a diagnosis of dementia. Rachel was the founding member of the second Alzheimer’s Café set up in Ireland and holds the position of Honorary Treasurer of the Irish Association of Directors of Nursing and Midwifery (IADNAM).


Certificate Format

The Certificate in Clinical Care for Residential Facilities is a modular-based, blended programme delivered using international best-practice principles and guidelines in teaching and learning including online and classroom-based teaching.

Teaching is delivered by recognised experts incorporating online material and interactive virtual classroom sessions with case-based discussions.

The course will contain 3 live virtual evening sessions and one day interactive in person workshop held in Dublin

The content will be delivered in 4 modules from  September 2023 to November 2023.

On successful completion of the full programme you will be awarded a Certificate in Clinical Care for Residential Facilities.

For more information please contact: clairedavenport@rcpi.ie


Module  Date Time Format

Session 1: 20th Sept  5:30pm- 8:00pm Virtual

Session 2: 18th Oct  5:30pm- 8:00pm Virtual

Session 3: 08th Nov 9:30am - 4:30pm RCPI No.6 Kildare Street Dublin 

Session 4  29th Nov 5:30pm- 8:00pm  Virtual


Last few places available 

Payment options

The cost of the Certificate in Care for Residential Care Facilities is €1250

LHP Skillnet may provide partial funding for this course for individuals working in the private sector. To avail of this funding, please apply here or email: office@lhpskillnet.ie to find out more.

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