Palliative Care for all – Practice and Service Development project update now available

The Irish Hospice Foundation’s (IHF) Palliative Care for All programme, aims to extend palliative care interventions to non malignant life limiting illnesses.

Palliative care for all report 2008

Through this programme partnerships have been developed with a range of organisations to develop and deliver palliative support for diseases like Heart Failure, Advanced respiratory failure, Advance Neurological Illness and Dementia.

The latest update on these projects outlining  the activity of practice & service development projects addressing end-of-life care for people with dementia is now available.  The activities of the other aspects of the Palliative Care for All Programme are also outlined.

Palliative care for all communique July 2014

    Click to access the update HERE 

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Therese Brady Library – Christmas & New Year Closing

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The Therese Brady Library will be closed for the Christmas season from;

Friday December 20th reopening Friday January 3rd 2014 

Staff, students and Library members can continue to access the library catalogue and library electronic resources and databases online  (using your Athens Login)

Wishing you all best wishes for the festive season and a very Happy New Year for 2014.  

Library Ireland week 2012 at the Therese Brady Library

Library Ireland Week 2012 Nov 12-18

This week marks the seventh annual Library Ireland Week which runs from Nov 12th to 18th.  Library Ireland Week  provides a yearly showcase for the work of libraries, librarians and information professionals.

The theme this year is ‘Libraries for literacy; everyday, everyway‘ and the focus is on the many and varied ways libraries promote and develop literacy and learning.  The Therese Brady Library’s resources aim to develop, enhance and support the information literacy skills and learning of staff and students of the Irish Hospice Foundation as well as providing access to reliable information and supportive reading material on bereavement for the public. 

Staff and students of the Irish Hospice Foundation can book in for a short library fix session to brush up on their information skills. These sessions cover anything from effectively using the library catalogue and literature searching to setting up personal searches and alerts, getting the most out of searching the internet or just finding out more about the range of resources available from the library. Contact Laura in the library to book a session laura.rooneyferris@hospicefoundation.ie

Other events and literacy inputs are taking place in libraries all around the country, you can browse a listing HERE 

Happy Library Ireland Week !

New network to support bereaved children launched

Irish Childhood Bereavement Network (Picture Fennels)

The Irish Childhood Bereavement Network (ICBN) was launched yesterday (July 24th) by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald.

The network, inspired by the UK’s Childhood Bereavement Network (cbn) aims to act as a hub for  professionals and organisations working to support bereaved children and young people.

The establishment of the network follows a scoping study commissioned by the Irish Hospice Foundation and funded by the Family Support Agency, conducted by Dr Kathy Mc Loughlin. The study found that while good services for bereaved children exist there are geographic gaps to be met and that professionals working in children’s bereavement support would benefit from the  facility to share knowledge and information.

Professionals interested in joining the ICBN are invited to subscribe to the ICBN blog HERE for updates and developments

For further background on the network you can listen to an interview with Irish Hospice Foundation Bereavement Services Manager Dr Susan Delaney HERE 

A Wish – New animated video from the Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme

How do you achieve a good death in an acute hospital setting ?

Although most people want to spend their last days in their own home almost half (48%) of all deaths in Ireland occur in an acute hospital setting.

Bridging this gap between patient wishes and hospital practice in end-of-life care has been the aim of the Irish Hospice Foundation’s Hospice Friendly Hospitals (HfH) programme.

A Wish’, the new animated short film developed by the Hospice Friendly Hospitals poignantly illustrates just how this can be achieved and the small changes that can enable a good death even in a busy acute hospital environment.

The film was directed by Rebecca Lloyd and will be made available through the Hospice Friendly Hospitals programme later this year.

Palliative Care for All – Conference September 14th

The Irish Hospice Foundation’s Palliative Care for all  programme will hold a conference on September 14th in the Royal College of Physicians.

The conference will present on three research projects developed through the programme  aimed at developing palliative frameworks and staff supports for dementia, advanced respiratory disease and heart failure.  This  video featuring interviews with the research project officers provides some  background on the three disease specific projects.

Professor Scott Murray head of the Palliative Care Research Group at the University of Edinburgh will be in attendance as  keynote speaker and delegates will have an opportunity to participate in breakout sessions on each of the disease specific areas.

You can register your interest by contacting Palliativecare.forall@hospice-foundation.ie