Palliative Care Research – Call for papers and upcoming events

Conference

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  

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

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 Palliativecare.forall@hospice-foundation.ie

Irish Hospice Foundation – Msc Bereavement Studies applications now open

Are you are a health, social work or mental health practitioner whose work brings you in contact with bereavement and loss? If so, the Irish Hospice Foundation’s Msc in Bereavement  Studies may be of interest to you. This part-time programme accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI) has been developed to equip participants with an understanding of bereavement and loss from a theoretical and practice based perspective.  Year one comprises six core modules, completion of which will result in a Postgraduate Diploma in Bereavement Studies. Students completing a further three modules in year two,  including advanced research methods and a practical bereavement support development project will be eligible for the MSc.

Applications (which must be made online) for the September intake are currently open via the RCSI website HERE 

The deadline for completed applications is Friday May 4th.  If you are interested in applying for this course additional details and the course prospectus are available on the Irish Hospice Foundation website HERE

New Seanad Public Consultation report on rights of elderly draws on findings of ‘Primary Palliative care in Ireland’

The Seanad Public Consultation Committee released its recommendation report on the rights of older people on Wednesday (March 28th).  The report calls on the government to put forward the case for the drafting of a UN treaty on the rights of older people.

Among a wide range of recommendations were transport allowances, reform of mental capacity legislation and a review of carers allowance payments to non-habitual residents.

The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) was among a number of stakeholders who informed the consultation. The  report outlines end-of-life care recommendations set out by the Irish Hospice Foundation including the development of a formal framework for delivering palliative care through primary care teams as detailed in the Primary palliative care in Ireland report.  These include the establishment of  24 hour palliative care advice service and the provision of specialist training in end-of-life care for General Practitioners, these steps should enable the more than 80 % people with end stage diseases who wish to die in their own homes to do so.

The full Senad debate with stakeholders from November can be accessed HERE  and report in full can be accessed HERE 

 

Palliative Medicine Information service

The regulation and administration of medicines for patients under palliative care can be a complex and challenging  task even for experienced healthcare practitioners.

To provide support for such practitioners the Palliative Meds Info service was launched in September 2010. Based in the pharmacy department of Our Lady’s Hospice Harold’s Cross, the service provides phone and email support on all aspects of medication for patients under palliative care from dosage and delivery methods to side effects and reactions.

The service, funding for which was provided by a development grant from the Irish Hospice Foundation has been expanding since its launch and has now developed a dedicated webpage. The Palliative Meds Info webpage which includes medication guidelines, patient information leaflets and newsletters can be accessed HERE