Acute Hospital Network

About the HFH Acute Hospital Network

The aim of the network is to support End-of-Life Care Committees in acute hospitals to implement the Quality Standards for End-of-Life Care as well as providing an initial contact for those hospitals who are starting to engage with the HFH Programme. The Acute Hospital Network was established in 2010 and today it is a cornerstone of the Hospice Friendly Hospitals (HFH) Programme.

To achieve this aim, the Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme:

  • Hosts three network meetings per year to share information about end-of-life care quality improvements in hospitals. The content of the meetings is based on suggestions from network members. Guest speakers are also invited to present on national initiatives.
  • Manages a national contact database which network members can access to seek and share information.
  • Issues a quarterly e-newsletter.

The Network has a significant peer support element; evaluation of network meetings consistently highlights the value of coming together in person to share ideas and information.

Members and Chair

Network members include; representatives from over 35 End-of-Life Care Committees in hospitals throughout Ireland, 7 End-of-Life Care Coordinators, representatives from the National Clinical Programme for Palliative Care and the Irish Palliative Medicine Consultants Association.

The Chair of this network is Margaret McKiernan, Director of Nursing, Mercy University Hospital, Cork.

The Vice Chair of the network is Dr Eileen Mannion,  Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Galway University Hospital, Roscommon University Hospital and Galway Hospice Foundation.

Hospice Friendly Hospitals pic1.jpg       Eileen Mannion

Margaret McKiernan                 Eileen Mannion

Acute Network Meetings for 2017

  • 14th of March 2017 Venue Ashling Hotel
  • 23rd of May 2017 TBC
  • 14th of November 2017 Venue Ashling Hotel

Presentations: Acute Network Meeting 15th of November 2016

Perspectives from Northern Ireland – Development of Bereavement Care Standards and Bereavement Coordinator Roles – The story so far… HSC Trust Bereavement Coordinators

End-Of-Life care skills Workshop delivered by Leanne Madigan, St Vincents University Hospital 

Presentations from Network Meetings June 2016


Updates from the Irish Hospice Foundation (Marie Lynch)

Irish Hospice Foundation. Education & Training update (Breffni McGuinness)

Flyer: End of Life Care Training Workshops. Irish Hospice Foundation. June 2016

The Palliative Care Needs Assessment

HSE Maternity Bereavement Standards & Maternal Death Guideline

Launching the HFH Programme in Portiuncula University Hospital, Ballinasloe

Pilot of a DNACPR Form at University Hospital Limerick

Our Wish. Beaumont Hospital Staff Engagement Workshop

Applying to the Design & Dignity Grants Scheme Call for grants now open

Advance Care Planning & Advance Healthcare Directives For the videos shown during this presentation visit 


Presentations from Network Meetings June 2015


Acute Hospitals & Palliative Care/ End of Life Bereavement Care 

Governance & Quality Standards

Place of Death

Round the room

National Healthcare Charter


Presentations from Network Meetings March 2015 

HFH Updates

Acute Hospitals & Palliative Care/ End of Life Bereavement Care

Governance & Quality Standards

Love & Steel A Personal Reflection

The Irish Childhood Bereavement Network

Guidelines on the Management &  Care of Patients University Hospital Waterford

Data Collection Mater Hospital Single Room

Presentations from Network Meetings in 2014

November 2014 Meeting

Presentations from the network meeting are available from

Advance Care Planning 

June 2014 Meeting


March 2014 Meeting

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