Advocacy & Communications
We communicate with the public is a range of ways from working with the media to publishing documents and information leaflets and organising public events to impart information or listen to the views of the public.
We also communicate in order to bring about change for the better for our most vulnerable citizens. We harness public interest in end-of-life issues and advocate for changes in policy and practices around end of life, including developing and supporting hospice care.
The public is a vital ally in this work. We encourage people to become hospice advocates by supporting the development of hospice services in their own areas or lobbying at a national level for more investment in hospice care.
Our Advocacy Goals for 2017
Ensure everyone has access to the best care at end of life and in bereavement through a political and public policy commitment to a strategic, responsive, population-wide approach to end of life issues. Within this, we aim to:
· Embed end of life and bereavement issues in public policy across all Government departments
· Lead, support, encourage and enable people to discuss and plan for end of life – to think ahead
· Commence Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015 urgently
Ensure the health care system delivers best palliative, end of life and bereavement care in all care settings. Within this, we aim to:
· Bridge gaps and inequalities in palliative care infrastructure and implement recommendations in Palliative Care Services Three Year Development Framework.
· Development of a policy framework on bereavement
· Funding for sustainability of IHF programmes