Patient Experience

Patient Experience

The Centre for Learning and Development (CLD) is a multidisciplinary education centre. It provides high-quality continuous education, mandatory training and development programmes which are readily accessible and responsive to the needs of all staff within the hospital.

The CLD service delivers over 11,000 blended training sessions and is accessed by over 12,000 people every year.

St James’s Hospital is committed to investing in and promoting the development of our staff. The CLD is central to helping the hospital achieve this goal.

Annually, we invest:

  • Over €600,000 for 3rd level education fees
  • €50,000 in loans towards further education
  • €25,000 to support attendance at national and international seminars
  • In offering 2,800 paid study days.

The Centre for Learning and Development (CLD) provides accredited 3rd level programmes in partnership with awarding bodies and third level institutions such as Quality Qualifications Ireland, the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and University College Dublin.

We also design and deliver high-quality accredited programmes in continuous education, required training and personal/professional development programmes. In partnership with our educational partner, Trinity College Dublin, we currently offer over 140 courses in clinical and non-clinical topics, ranging from basic introductory courses to externally validated masters level. 

  • Depending on the required training, the Centre for Learning and Development (CLD) services can be accessed by staff online via LearnPath or in person in the CLD building.

  • Some of our educational programmes and workshops include:

    • Clinical leadership for healthcare professional
    • Empowerment of self and others
    • Enabling and enhancing wellbeing
    • Final Journeys: end of life care
    • Management skills: project management, clinicians in the courts, managing people
    • Competency-based interview skills
    • IT skills, meeting skills, minute taking
    • Accredited Foundation Programmes in:
      • Intensive care nursing
      • Cardiovascular nursing
      • Perioperative nursing
      • Chronic illness management
      • Vascular disease management
      • Haematology/ oncology nursing
      • Medical/ surgical nursing
      • Mechanical ventilation programme for nurses
      • Palliative care programme
      • Endoscopy programme
    • Clinical skill updates and certifications in basic and advanced life support, venepuncture and cannulation, management of central venous access devices, first aid and regularly run clinical skills case scenario’s in a state of the art clinical skills simulation suite
    • Online programme development: electronic patient record (EPR) training, mandatory training programmes, clinical educational programmes
    • Nursing Grand Rounds: a monthly forum to share clinical expertise, experiences and nursing best practices
    • Wellbeing: financial wellbeing workshops and mindfulness-based stress reduction courses
    • Annual multidisciplinary research clinical audit and quality improvements seminars, showcasing research that has been carried out throughout the hospital by poster or oral presentations.
  • Here in CLD we take our responsibility in keeping our staff and attendees safe during these times. Our 1st priority is assessing the need for face to face training or if the learning outcomes can be met by delivering training in another means. Please use the below guidance for help on this matter.

    Facilitator Risk Assessment Guide for Face to Face Delivery

    If COVID -19 is not introduced in the facility it cannot spread. We ask all attendees, including facilitators and speakers to complete a COVID-19 Personal Assessment Form to assess their suitability to attend prior to coming to CLD. This may be self-assessed and not need to be returned

    COVID-19 Personal Assessment Form

    Or if deemed necessary by your facilitator assessed and returned to CLD prior to attendance.

    COVID-19 Personal Declaration Assessment Form

    N.B. If your situation changes after you complete the form you must re-assess your fitness to attend and inform your facilitator. 


Contact Details

Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm

How to find us

Ground floor, Trinity Centre for Health Sciences building.

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