Curriculum Development

Next Course

The next course will take place from 18 & 19 April 2017 in Dublin, Ireland.

N.B. Courses can be cancelled up to two months in advance of the course subject to low attendance, so we advise you do not book your travel until after this time.  We also advise you take out travel insurance.


The venue for the course is:

Royal College of Surgeon’s in Ireland
RCSI Reservoir House
Ballymoss Road
Dublin 18

Who Should Attend

The course is directed towards teachers of health professionals (for example medical students, nurses, physiotherapists, doctors) who wish to develop a new curriculum or extend an existing curriculum. It is suitable for teachers of a variety of experience of curriculum development.

“Curriculum Development” Course

The curriculum course will be highly interactive and participant centred and will enable individual participants to formulate concrete plans for the future. It will be facilitated by experienced teachers from the teaching committee of the European Association of Communication in Healthcare. Feedback from previous courses has been extremely positive.

The proceedings will be held in English and as much as possible will accommodate participants for whom English is not their first language. We are also aware that different institutions in different countries will have varying resources in terms of available teachers, simulated patients and technology.

The primary focus of this two day, non-residential course will be on how to develop a curriculum suitable to the healthcare setting the participant operates within. The course will look at what to include in the curriculum and how to deliver and evaluate the curriculum. As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to apply relevant educational theory to designing effective communication skills curricula, understand how to ensure learners master an increasing range of skills and retain them over time, select and organise the core content of the communication curriculum, tailor content  in relation to  their learners’ needs, select appropriate teaching methods for each component of the curriculum, integrate communication with other clinical skills and the rest of the learners’ programme and evaluate the curriculum.


Accommodation is not included for this course and must be booked directly by the participant.

There is a hotel near the course venue, which is not in the city centre, but rather in a fairly industrial neighbourhood with just a few restaurants around. This hotel is The Beacon and rooms are €179.00 pp per night.

Many course participants will likely prefer to stay in the city centre and take the 18 minute tram journey to and from the course venue. There are many lodging options in the city centre lodging near the tram stop including:

Programme of Courses

Please note this course is not about facilitation skills or learning experiential skills communication teaching or assessment. tEACH, the teaching committee of the European Association of Communication in Healthcare, also runs 3 further courses:

  1. What to Teach in Communication Skills Teaching: Skills and Structure
  2. How to Teach: Experiential Communication Skills Teaching
  3. Assessment in Communication Teaching

Participants are welcome to attend all courses. Participants who are new to communication skills teaching are encouraged to attend in the order ‘what’, ‘experiential’, ‘curriculum’, ‘assessment’.