Conference;End-Of-Life care from the Margins to the mainstream

Calling all healthcare managers, acute and community hospital and  nursing home staff, social workers, palliative, hospice and bereavement  care professionals.

The Hospice Friendly Hospitals programme, the five-year project aiming to introduce hospice friendly practices into hospital settings recently completed phase one with the conclusion of the first national audit of end of life care practice in Irish Hospitals.

Findings from the audit along with the report  ‘Quality standards for end-of-life care in Hospitals‘ will be formally launched at the conference ‘End of life care, from the margins to the mainstream’ which takes place in Clontarf Castle, Dublin on Wednesday May 19th.

The conference offers an opportunity to reflect on the audit findings, examine standards and enter into discussion about the process of bringing end-of-life care from the margins to the mainstream. As such it is of relevance to policy makers, researchers and practitioners or anyone with an interest in end-of-life care.

Full details and conference schedule are available HERE and places can be booked by emailing grace.osullivan@hospice-foundation.ie closing date for bookings is May 14th

Resource spotlight – LENUS – Irish Health Research

I’ve highlighted LENUS, the Irish Health repository before but just it’s worth a specific mention, if for no other reason than to point out that LENUS also houses Irish Hospice Foundation reports and publications, such as the Palliative Care for All report (2008) and the Baseline study (2006)

LENUS, provides a one stop open access platform for retrieval of a growing collection of Irish Health research material including research conducted within the HSE and by corporate and non profit groups.

LENUS recently became the first Irish research repository to be added to World Wide Science, the global science gateway which provides access to science, medical and technical research from 56 countries worldwide.

LENUS can be searched by community & collection (for example, children & young people, Health information, community or mental health) or by title, keyword or author. Among its features are RSS feeds to track content as it is uploaded (a good idea as new titles are added daily). It is worth noting that if searching for Irish Hospice Foundation publications, entries exist for both Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) and Irish Hospice Foundation, Health Service Executive (HSE).