Irish Hospice Foundation’s new report highlights deficits in access to Palliative care

Access to palliative care services and place of death in Ireland

The Irish Hospice Foundation this week launched the second report in its perspectives series ‘Access to Specialist Palliative Care Services and Place of Death in Ireland; What the Data tells us‘. The report, completed by Eugene Murray based on his research with additional analysis by Dr. Kathy McLoughlin and Sharon Foley, indicated a number of inequalities in access to palliative services in Ireland. Some core findings of the research were;

  • That hospice deficits impact where people die – areas with limited access to a hospice have more cancer deaths in acute hospital
  • An estimated 2,500 patients each year are denied access to hospice inpatient care because of lack of services in their area 

The findings emerged from an examination of data from four sources over two years. Data was sourced from the Health Service Executive’s (HSE) Minimum Data Set for Palliative Care and HSE national and regional population statistics from 2011 along with the National Cancer Registry and the Hospital Inpatient Enquiry from 2010.  This research took an ecological approach bringing together broad population data to explore trends and illustrate areas for further research.

The Irish Hospice Foundation has now called on the government to prioritize the development of a broad end of life strategy.

The full report can be read HERE  

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Updated Database of Palliative Care Education Courses

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Are you looking for up to date information and listings of Palliative care courses in Ireland?

The Database of palliative care, end of life and bereavement courses, has recently been refreshed and updated. A collaboration between the Irish Hospice Foundation, All Ireland Institute for Hospice & Palliative Care and the Irish Association for Palliative Care, the database was originally launched in 2009 increasing awareness of palliative care education courses  in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

It aims to be;

  • a focal point for Palliative care education information
  •  a resource for providers to advertise courses and programmes to health and social care professionals and the wider community
  • a searchable and user-friendly listing of education programmes/courses, workshops, study days and  seminars

This database contains listings from 69 education providers offering 270 courses.  You can access the database via the IHF site HERE or via the AIIHPC site HERE  and the IAPC site HERE

If you would like additional information about the database contact Karen Charnley, Programme Manager for Education, AIIHPC kcharnley@aiihpc.org

UCD Graduate Certificate in Palliative Medicine now open for applications

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Applications are currently being accepted by UCD school of Medicine & Medical Science for the September intake on their Graduate Certificate in Palliative Medicine. The programme is a collaboration between UCD,  the Dublin Academic Medical Center and St Francis Hospice. 

Course aim

This one year course is aimed at General Practitioners and hospital clinicians and provides participants with the knowledge and skills to adopt a palliative approach in different care settings.

Design & Delivery

The course comprises 4 modules run over two semesters with 50% of the teaching being delivered online.  Face to face teaching sessions are delivered in The Mater Hospital education center and in St Francis Hospice.  

This course is approved by ICGP for CPD and GMS study leave.

 Further details about the course and application details are available HERE