In the ever-evolving field of professional healthcare, staying at the forefront of knowledge and learning new skills is of paramount importance. And when it comes to earning CPD points and expanding your career, online courses in healthcare are the modern way forward.

We’ll delve into the world of online courses, highlighting their advantages, showcasing how they can benefit your career, and introducing you to free courses that can help you understand the more specialised components of paediatric palliative care.


The Advantages of Online Courses

Online courses have gained significant traction, offering healthcare providers a flexible, accessible, and effective means of keeping up to date with new developments and ideas, advancing their careers, and acquiring CPD points when they are needed.

  1. Flexibility and Convenience: The hallmark of online courses is flexibility. Healthcare professionals often have demanding schedules, making it challenging to attend traditional in-person classes. Online courses allow you to learn at your own pace, making them the perfect fit for your work and personal life.
  2. Diverse Course Selection: Online platforms offer diverse courses catering to various specialties and interests. Whether you’re passionate about paediatric nursing, critical care, mental health, or infection control, you’ll find courses tailored to your needs.
  3. Expert Guidance: Content for online courses is typically created by experienced instructors and healthcare professionals who are experts in their respective fields. With online courses, you’ll have the privilege of learning from the best without geographical limitations.
  4. Certification: Many online courses provide certificates upon successful completion. These certificates not only add value to your resume but also serve as tangible evidence of your dedication to continuous professional development.


Exploring Free Online Courses in Healthcare with CPD Points

At PatchSA (Palliative Care for Children South Africa), we understand the importance of accessible and quality education for healthcare professionals. We are delighted to offer two healthcare free online courses with certificates and CPD points:

  1. Introducing Children’s Palliative Care: Our course on the key elements of paediatric palliative care is designed to equip doctors, nurses, social workers, and all other allied healthcare providers with the knowledge and skills required to provide specialised palliative care to young patients with life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses and to their families. This course not only enhances your expertise and understanding of this important topic but is also accredited by the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA) for 2 General and 3 Ethics CPD points. Explore this free course.
  2. Supporting Grieving Children: Dealing with grief and loss are challenging aspects of caring, particularly when working with paediatric patients. Our course on supporting grieving children offers insights into providing empathetic and effective care to children during such difficult times. This course will not only help you develop strategies for assisting grieving children of all ages but will also earn you 2 Ethics and 2 General CPD points (4 in total). Discover this free course.


Caring for Paediatric Palliative Care Patients

Providing holistic physical, spiritual, and psychosocial care for children with life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses is a field that requires a unique set of skills and a compassionate approach. PatchSA’s online courses in paediatric palliative care cover various aspects, including pain management, communication with young patients and their families, culturally competent care, and providing emotional and spiritual support during challenging times. They also offer insight into the value and importance of self-care to avoid burnout and compassion fatigue.

These courses are a valuable resource for all healthcare providers seeking to improve their ability to care for children with palliative care needs of all ages. Explore our complete range of courses on offer at and invest in your professional development today.