Conference 2016

The Conference Committee would like to thank everyone who attended the conference; as well as presenters, key note speakers, extended session facilitators & chairs.

 Compassionate Care at the End of Life in Hospitals; leading by example

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Wednesday 27 April 2016. The Strand Hotel, Limerick

A national conference for all healthcare staff who care for dying patients and their families.

 Click here to download the conference programme






Opening address. Margaret Gleeson

Keynote address. Prof. Bee Wee

The Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme-an overview. Sharon Foley

DNAR decision-overview of national policy. Dr Shaun O’Keeffe

Decision making in the ICU. Dr Patrick Neligan

The PALMED project. Dr Mary Casey & Millie Devenish

Bereavement care in maternity hospitals. Dr Ciaran Browne

Dying in acute hospitals – perspective of bereaved relatives. Voices MaJam presentation. Bettina Korn & Diarmuid O Coimin

Afternoon extended sessions

Extended Session A. Communication

Extended Session B. Design & Dignity

Extended Session C. Resilience

Posters displayed at the conference

List of posters displayed at the HFH conference

Advance Care Planning and Advance Healthcare Directives with a person with dementia

Always in our Hearts; improving the hospital remembrance services for bereaved relatives

Award winner: Breaking Bad News-Nurse Specialists Perspectives

Compassionate Care at the End of Life in Nenagh Hospital

Design & Dignity

Enhancing End of Life Care for Patients and Relations Post Acute Care Services

Enhancing Care at End of Life Dying in a Single Room (Mater Hospital)

Enhancing End of Life Care for Patients and Relations Post Acute Care Services

HSC Bereavement Network Celebrating 10 Years

Keepsake Quilts for Bereaved Parents

Last Offices- valuing the needs and wishes of patients through peer to peer education

One Chance to Get it Right. Supporting Scottish Grief & Bereavement Care

Our Wish for End of Life Care. A Collaborative Approach to Improving End of Life Care

Parents’ Priorities in Caring for Children with Life Limiting Conditions

Award winner: Pilot of a DNACPR Form at University Hospital Limerick

Room to Improve – Creating family rooms on acute hospital wards in the Mater Hospital

The Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme

Award winner: The Palliative Care Needs of People with Advancing Neurological Disease in Ireland

Sustaining and Enhancing Care at End of Life in the Mater Hospital

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Dr Shaun O’Keeffe, Prof. Bee Wee, Margaret Gleeson & Sharon Foley





At the HospiceFriendly Hospitals National Conference 'Compassionate Care at end of Life in Hospitals' at the Strand Hotel, Limerick : Photo: Kieran Clancy © 27/4/ 2016


 Millie Devenish, Dr Ciaran Browne, Dr Mary Casey,Diarmuid Ó Coimín, Bettina  Korn & Dr Patrick Neligan




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This conference was organised by the Irish Hospice Foundation’s Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme in partnership with the HSE & the University of Limerick Hospital Group.


Reflecting on the conference

Reflecting on the Hospice Friendly Hospitals Conference 2016 -by Dr Pamela Levack Dr Pamela Levack, Medical Director, PATCH Scotland Ireland’s Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme is making a positive difference to end-of-life care in Scotland, according to a leading palliative care expert.. Dr Pamela Levack is Medical Director of Scottish charity PATCH. She has worked for […] Read more >

Organising committee

This conference is organised by the Irish Hospice Foundation’s Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme in partnership with the HSE & The University of Limerick Hospital Group.   Committee Maria Bailey.  Lecturer (Palliative Care), University of Limerick Kate Bree. Assistant Director of Nursing, Sligo Regional Hospital Denis Casey. End of Life Care Coordinator, UL Hospital Group Maura Fitzgerald, Head of […] Read more >

The venue: travel & accommodation

Conference venue: The Limerick Strand Hotel  Ennis Road, Limerick City, V94 03F2, Ireland. T: +353 (0)61 421 800   Accommodation at the conference venue The Strand Hotel is offering a special accommodation rate for conference delegates the evening before the conference. (Check in Tuesday 26 April) €99 single occupancy with breakfast in a king superior […] Read more >

Ethical Decision Making

The Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme has developed the Ethical Framework for End of Life Care. There are 8 modules in the framework, each with its own study session. The Ethical Framework was developed to support health professionals and hospital staff to become more informed, confident and collaborative in addressing the ethical and legal challenges that arise in the treatment […] Read more >

Staff Development Workshops

One of the Four Standards for End of Life Care in Hospitals requires that ‘Staff are supported through training and development to ensure they are competent and compassionate in carrying out their roles in end-of-life care’.  In response to the needs of staff the a number of   staff development programmes have been developed. Final Journey’s is […] Read more >

Standards & Audit

Audit & Review of End-of-Life Care ‘An opportunity to press the pause button’ In 2008 the Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme commissioned the National Audit of End-of-Life Care in Irish hospital, the first of its kind in the EU. The report was published in 2010 and can be downloaded here. Data was collected on a sample of 1,000 patients who died […] Read more >

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