Palliative Care Research – Call for papers and upcoming events


Are you working or researching in Palliative or end-of-life care?

Call for papers

The annual Kaleidoscope conference organised by St Francis Hospice is currently calling for papers. The 2014  Kaleidoscope conference will take place on May 28th & 29th and explores the theme of life and living at the heart of palliative care.

The call for papers closes on November 15th and the poster call will close on April 4th 2014.  Further details on the call for papers is available HERE

Upcoming events

Some additional events of interest to the palliative care community over the coming months include;

The Impact of Stillbirth

This conference hosted by the Pregnancy Loss Team, Cork University Maternity Hospital and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University College Cork takes place on Nov 2. Taking a wide ranging look at the impact of stillbirth the conference will examines the statistics, perinatal pathology and the bereavement experience following stillbirth. Further details on this conference are available HERE 

Children’s Palliative Care: Connecting Home, Hospital & Hospice; This two day conference will take place on November 29th & 30th and is Ireland’s first interdisciplinary children’s palliative care conference  bringing together professionals working in the care of children with life limiting illness. Further details and booking information are available HERE 

Facing Loss, healing grief

This conference  hosted by Dzogchen Beara will take place between Nov 29 and Dec 1 in Dechen Shying Spiritual Care  centre. It aims to explore spiritual aspects of grief using meditation and contemplation. Further details and booking information is available HERE  

‘Cultures of grief: bereavement in young people’s worlds’ UK Childhood Bereavement Network Conference

logo_cbnHow can we best support grieving children across different cultural backgrounds?

This is the question addressed by the UK Childhood Bereavement Networks one day seminar ‘Cultures of grief: bereavement in young people’s worlds’ which takes place on Thursday May 2nd at the TUC congress Centre, London.

The conference will examine the ways in which culture impacts on children’s grief  and assess the implications of culture for professionals and volunteers  supporting bereaved children and young people taking a wide ranging view examining how grief is represented in music, books, films and social media.

The conference would be beneficial to anyone working directly and indirectly supporting bereaved children in particular those working in the following settings;

  • Bereavement support services
  • adult and children’s hospices
  • palliative care teams
  • children’s and early years organisations
  • schools, colleges and education services
  • Nursing and other health and social care services
  • police and other emergency services
  • other voluntary and statutory childcare organisations
  • faith and community groups supporting bereaved people
  • researchers in death and bereavement, childhood studies, cultural studies

More information on CBN is available HERE and additional details and booking for the conference is available HERE

Palliative care for all – Conference podcasts & interviews

Dr Scott Murray addressing attendees at the ‘Palliative care for all; bridging the gap for all those with life limiting conditions’ conference on September 14th

‘Palliative care for all; bridging the gap for those with life limiting illness’ took place on Friday September 14th in the Royal College of Physicians.

The conference was the first of its kind in Ireland and brought together the findings of the Irish Hospice Foundation action research projects which examined palliative care pathways for patients with advanced respiratory disease, end stage heart failure and dementia.

Speaking at the conference, which drew a crowd of over 170 delegates,  Professor Scott Murray of the Primary Palliative Care Research Group which is based in the Centre for Population Health Sciences at the University of Edinburgh  said that General Practitioners need to stop treating the disease and take a holistic approach to caring for patients with life limiting conditions.

Conference presentations, workshop details and podcast interviews with presenters are available on the Irish Hospice Foundation website HERE   

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

National Council of the Forum on End of Life – Annual Forum October 12th

One can survive everything nowadays, except death…‘ Oscar Wilde

Following on from its extensive public consultation during 2009 and 2010 which culminated in the publication of ‘Perspectives on End-of-Life; report of  the forum‘ the Irish Hospice Foundation’s National Council of the Forum on End-of-life in Ireland was established in July 2010 and is now engaged in a work plan based on the public consultation. Their work plan identifies a number of areas for action and among other initiatives they are currently engaged in addressing the lack of regulation in the Irish funeral industry, more details of this are available HERE 

The range of activities of the National Council of the Forum will be brought together under the theme of ‘Resilience’ at their annual seminar to be held on October 12th in Croke Park.

The annual forum will see the formal launch of the ‘Think ahead’ project, by an Taoiseach Enda Kenny. The ‘Think ahead’ initiative aims to instigate communications about end-of-life wishes and preferences in the event of serious illness or death. The programme of talks and workshops for the forum cover a broad spectrum of perspectives on death and dying including a workshop on the Medicalisation of dying by Professor Aidan Halligan (former Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England) and the Mary Holland Commemorative lecture will be delivered by author & foreign correspondent Conor O’ Cleary.

The event aims to engage participants from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines in examining the challenges of achieving a good death.

The full programme for the forum along with booking details are available HERE      

Kaleidoscope Conference 2010

Kaleidoscope, the annual palliative care conference organised by St Francis Hospice took place in Dublin Castle yesterday and today (June 2 & 3).

The conference which focuses on palliative care brought together delegates from Ireland, The UK, Australia, The USA and New Zealand.

Among the keynote speakers was Dr Michael Kearney whose address on ‘Being a healer’ drew upon greek mythology and Jungian archetypes in discussing the movement toward clinician self-awareness and fostering of the innate healing ability.  Dr David Oliviere of St Christopher’s Hospice addressed the resilience inherent to the spirit of palliative care.  Of the many speakers, a personal favourite had to be Dr Sinead Donnelly, palliative medicine consultant at Wellington Regional Hospital, New Zealand whose talk  ‘The Ends of the Earth: Cultural and Social Diversity in Palliative Care’ skillfully blended her own experience of adapting to practising in New Zealand with touching, beautifully detailed accounts of patients she had treated during her time in Wellington. Dr Donnelly closed the Wednesday afternoon session with the Irish premier of her documentary ‘Going home’, an intimate portrait of four families’ personal experiences of their loved ones death. The documentary distilled both the philosophy of palliative care to enable a ‘good death’ and the central theme of the conference; to promote connection and caring in palliative care practice.

Conference presentations and handouts are available HERE . Well done to the team at st Francis Hospice for a very well organised conference

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 closing date for bookings is May 14th

Even more conference dates for 2010

Continuing from the previous post, here are a few more Irish conference dates to add to your 2010 calender.

4th FebruaryIrish Association for Palliative Care (IAPC) ,Annual education & research  seminar –       Boyne Valley Hotel, Drogheda, Co Louth

  • This comprehensive event addresses all aspects of palliative and hospice care in Ireland and includes a presentation on ‘Dying in Hospitals in Ireland; nurse and doctor perspectives by Dr Kieran Mc Keon, evaluation coordinator of the Hospice Friendly Hospitals programme. Programme and booking details are available HERE

23rd & 24th February – RCSI International nursing & midwifery research conference – RCSI, Dublin

  • The conference features an oncology and palliative care strand this year and includes a talk by Marie Lynch, Development coordinator with the Hospice Foundation on ‘positioning palliative care within disease management programmes’. Full programme details are available HERE

2nd & 3rd June – St Francis HospiceAnnual Kleidoscope conference  ‘connecting and caring in palliative care‘ – Dublin Castle

  • The call for papers for this conference has closed but poster submissions are still being accepted. Further programme details and information on registering  for attendence at Kleidoscope is available HERE

Happy New Year – some conference dates for 2010

Time to start filling up your calender

Happy New year to all!

The cold snap may have meant a slow start to the new year for anyone buried under what passes for headline grabbing amounts of snow around here but 2010 is upon us. To help you get your calender filled up, here are a few palliative and hospice care related conferences and events to think about in the coming months.

The UK’s National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) have a packed schedule of events lined up for the first few months of the year;

Jan 28thClearer thinking on sedation‘ Prospero House, London – Presenting case evidence and current practice guidence on sedation at end of life

24th February – ‘Better investment, better dying; progress with measurement and collaborative commissioning for end of life care’ – Prospero House, London – This conference will present and expand upon the progress of the NCPC’s work with the National Audit Office and the NHS National End of life Care Programme.

-For more details and updates on other NCPC events go to their EVENTS listing page

23rd FebruarySt Christopher’s Hospice, London ‘Improving end of life care using a competency framework’ A one day seminar on developing and improving competencies for palliative care in acute, hospital and community settings.

A little bit closer to home,  Our Lady’s Hospice in conjunction with the Irish Hospice Foundation facilitate Moving Points in Palliative Care – Crossing Boundaries – March 3rd & 4th

This conference will be hosted at Our Lady’s Hospice’s Education and Research Centre and aims to;

  • Address challenges faced by health care providers in responding to palliative care needs
  • Evaluate the management, planning and delivery of palliative care in various settings
  • Facilitate and encourage discussion on the development of disease standards to meet the palliative care needs of patients and their families

Further details on booking can be obtained via Our Lady’s Hospice’s website and the full conference programme is downloadable HERE