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 

Free access to top ten Palliative & Supportive Care articles

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If you are just getting back into work stride after holidays, why not ease back with some reading.

Top Ten Cited Articles

The Journal of Palliative & Supportive Care is currently offering free access to its top ten most cited articles. The access is available until the end of August and titles cover a wide range of issues in Palliative and end-of-life care including advance directive uptake and family bereavement.

To access these articles go to the Palliative & Supportive Care site HERE 

Palliative Care Research in Ireland

The All Ireland Institute of Hospice & Palliative Care have just released a new systematic review of palliative care research conducted in Ireland over the ten year period between 2002 /2012.

The review identifies a number of  themes under which research articles have been published in the time period including, symptoms and settings, bereavement, disease groups and communication.

The review indicates a significant increase in peer-reviewed articles on palliative care in Ireland, particularly in the last five years . It also indicates a preference for needs analyses over outcome measurement research  and a need for further collaboration across institutions.

The full report including appendices with summaries of articles can be accessed online HERE. For further details of Irish research in Palliative care, end-of-life and bereavement  you can browse the Irish Hospice Foundation’s library catalogue listings of Irish Research HERE 

All Ireland Institute of Hospice & Palliative Care New Clinical Research Fellowships

All Ireland Institute of Hospice & Palliative Care LogoThe All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care has announced four new clinical research fellowships, of €10,000 each which will be available to health and social care researchers.

The fellowships are targeted towards health and social care professionals currently working in clinical practice. Through the fellowships the institute aims to assist the development of small-scale research projects in areas related to palliative care, such as; 

  • Symptom management
  • Specific patient population groups research
  • Health service research 
  • Research to inform policy and practice

It is intended these fellowships would facilitate the development or continuation of  projects like; Systematic reviews, Feasibility or pilot study or developing, a research proposals for funding.  Further information and applications details are available on the AIIHPC website 

Dr Richard Hain paediatric palliative care workshop

childrens-medical-research-798393-hRenowned paediatric palliative care practitioner, Dr. Richard Hain of the   Department of Child Health, Cardiff Children’s Hospital will deliver a professional development workshop in children’s palliative care on Thursday February 28th.

The workshop will be hosted by St Francis Hospice Education Centre and is aimed at medical and allied health practitioners working with children with complex life limiting illnesses.

The workshop will address issues such as symptom assessment and pain management as well as psychosocial support and ethical concerns in the delivery of paediatric palliative care.

Further details on the workshop and booking information is available HERE

All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care Ph.D. Studentship in Palliative and End of Life Care

All Ireland Institute of Hospice & Palliative Care LogoApplications are invited for a new PhD Studentship in Palliative and End-of-Life Care through the school of Nursing & Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin.

The studentship is funded by the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care and the Health Research Board and it aims to facilitate the recipient to conduct research into provision and challenges in access to palliative services for people with intellectual disabilities who have life-limiting or terminal conditions.

Applicants  should have a background in nursing, psychology or social sciences with strong research and communication skills.

Further details on the studentship, along with application details are available HERE  

New list of essential practices in Palliative care developed

The International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care has just released its newly developed list of essential practices in palliative care.

The list was developed following a three year process consisting of three Delphi surveys and input from 410 individuals including 49 pain and palliative care organisations. Irish input to the Delphi rounds was provided by Professor Philip J Larkin of UCD School of Nursing & Midwifery and Dr Karen Ryan, HSE Clinical lead for palliative care.

The finalised list comprises 23 practices covering different interventions within areas of care including; Physical care; Psychological,emotional & spiritual care; care planning, coordination and communications. The list of essential practices aims to ease definition of appropriate palliative care and improve the overall understanding, quality and delivery of palliative care internationally.

The detailed project document care be accessed HERE and the essential practices list is accessible HERE