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

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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

Workshops in loss and bereavement 2012 brochure now avilable

 The Irish Hospice Foundation bereavement resource centre’s series of workshops on loss and bereavement will commence again on January 19th.

The workshops which address the spectrum of grief and loss are aimed at professionals and volunteers working in bereavement support and those wishing to learn more about bereavement theory and processes.

Workshops,  each of which are either one or two full day sessions run from January until late June with 23 titles being offered for the 2012 series. Topics covered range from suicide and addiction loss to communication skills for non clinical staff and creative arts in bereavement. Among the additions to the 2012 titles is ‘Grandparents grief; a complexity of losses‘ and ‘Final Journeys‘ a training input originally developed by the Hospice Friendly Hospitals programme to provide healthcare professionals with communication skills and insight to improve support and understanding around end-of-life care.

The workshops have accreditation of  two (for one day sessions) and six (for two days) CPD points from the Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW) and post registration category 1 from An Bord Altranis. Further details and booking enquiries can be made by contacting the Irish Hospice Foundation and the full brochure can be downloaded HERE

Irish Hospice Foundation’s New Bereavement support e-learning site

Last year the Irish Hospice Foundation’s Bereavement education and training service   launched a bereavement training resource DVD titled ‘Lost for Words; words for loss‘. The content has now been developed into an e-learning module, the first module of its kind to be made available on the Irish Hospice Foundation’s new e-learning site.

The site will be officially launched by Miriam O Callaghan (who provided narration on the  Lost for words DVD) on Thursday September 29th at the Irish Hospice Foundation offices on Nassau st. More details available HERE

The new e-learning site will deliver training in bereavement theory and best practice through subscription to learning modules (additional modules are to be developed over time). The e-learning facility is particularly beneficial for organisations wishing to provide staff with introductory training in bereavement support direct to their desktops.

To mark the launch of the new site an introductory offer of €10 (the module will cost €15) is available until November 30th.  You can find out more about the e-learning module by contacting Breffni Mc Guinness, Training officer at the Irish Hospice Foundation on 01 6730074 or breffni.mcguinness@hospice-foundation.ie or you can register online for the module HERE

Irish Hospice Foundation survey finds primary care staff want more training in end-of-life care

Results of a survey conducted by the Irish Hospice Foundation along with the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) and the HSE reveal that healthcare staff want more training in end-of-life care.

The survey was carried out with community healthcare staff in Dublin, Offaly, Cork & Donegal in late 2010.

Access to specialised medical equipment and training in management of complex symptoms in terminal patients was seen as a priority for 87 and 66% of respondents respectively. Further details of the survey are available HERE.

Though 90% of care for Irish patients at the end of life is administered in a primary care setting there is currently no formal framework for supporting and delivering palliative care in this context. The survey highlights the key challenges for healthcare professionals delivering end of life care to the approximately 25% of patients who  die at home every year.  The survey data will inform the next stage of the Irish Hospice Foundations primary care, palliative care initiative and a full report on the findings and implications of the survey will be published later this year.

More information on the Primary care, Palliative care initiative is available HERE    

Bereavement workshops – 2011 Brochure now available

The brochure for the Irish Hospice Foundation’s bereavement workshop schedule for 2011 is now available. The workshop programme begins on January 20th and runs until June 30th and is aimed at professionals or volunteers working with bereaved people.  Workshops qualify for post registration category 1 approval from An Bord Altranais

Topics new to the schedule for 2011 include; Schools & loss and Communicating in difficult circumstances for non-clinical staff.

Full details and descriptions of all featured workshops and booking details are available in the Brochure