Education & Training Opportunities

The Falls & Syncope Unit offers the following education and training opportunities:

Diploma in Syncope and Related Disorders

A joint collaboration between the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) and the Falls and Syncope Unit at St. James’s Hospital. This Diploma is the first of its kind world-wide and is designed to equip doctors and clinical nurse specialists with the skills to effectively diagnose, treat and manage syncope and related disorders in a clinical setting.  For inquiries, please email

Frailty Education Programme

Insights from TILDA – Frailty is a distinctive health state related to the ageing process, in which multiple body systems gradually lose their in-built reserve.  It is fast becoming a key concept in service development planning and delivery of care for our ageing population.  The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) delivers a one-day Frailty Education Programme which is run in conjunction with the National Clinical Programme for Older People (NCPOP).  This programme incorporates key research findings from TILDA and provides an overview of the theoretical models underpinning frailty.  This training programme has been awarded Category 1 approval by the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland and aims to provide healthcare professionals with an enhanced understanding of frailty and frailty assessments, thereby ensuring earlier recognition of frailty, improved healthcare management, and better health outcomes for frail older adults. For enquiries, please email

Syncope & Related Disorders International Training Days

This 2-day international training event is led by national and international experts in syncope and related disorders. The prominent speakers and sessions have been chosen to reduce gaps in training and to address areas of increasing concern for healthcare practitioners, including: diagnostic tools and risk assessment for syncope and related disorders, atrial fibrillation and other arrhythmias, epilepsy/SUDEP, dizziness and vestibular assessment, movement disorders and more. This course is designed for healthcare professionals with an interest in syncope and related disorders, including physicians, clinicians and other healthcare professionals in acute and community settings (e.g. emergency departments; acute medical admission units; cardiology, neurology and medical gerontology units; nursing homes; and general practices). Participants will meet with experts and gain knowledge through case studies, discussions of up-to-date research, ECG traces, and practical training sessions in the Falls and Syncope Unit at St. James’s Hospital. Participants will experience current best practice in the diagnoses and management of syncope and related disorders through multi-modal teaching delivered by world experts.  For inquiries, please email

For Lecture notes from the September 2018 conference please click here