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Please join us for a very special concert on Saturday 16 June 2018 at Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin, in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation.
The Dublin Choral Festival returns for a third year and there will be 130 performers, consisting of seven choirs from across the United States with 110 choristers alongside a jazz ensemble and Dublin’s Kaleidoscope (Ensemble) will perform in the hallowed halls of Christ Church Cathedral.
The theme for the concert is ‘Sounds of Spirituality', a concert for Bloomsday and features contemporary works from both sides of the Atlantic.
To find out more, click here.
The Irish Hospice Foundation is seeking to attract a Public Engagement Officer to support the engagement of the public and relevant communities (including other NGOs, public & civic groups and patient groups) across Ireland. The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) is Ireland’s only national organisation dedicated to dying, death and bereavement.
This pivotal role will act a champion and point of contact for all engagement with the public and relevant communities; develop and strengthen links with individuals, communities and groups who have an interest in shaping new opportunities to build personal skills and resilience; organising and supporting events and initiatives for a good death and healthy grieving – bringing to life the People’s Charter.
No one should face dying, death or bereavement without the care and support they need.
The deadline for applications is Thursday 24 May 2018, 5pm.
Find out more here
** Application Deadline extended **
There is still time to apply for our Postgraduate Courses in Loss & Bereavement.
Our courses are delivered in partnership with the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland and are aimed at professionals whose work brings them into contact with bereavement and loss
Closing date for applications is Tuesday 19 June, 5pm.
For more details & to apply, click here.
Do you work with bereaved? In 2018, the Irish Hospice Foundation will once again host a series of Workshops on Loss and Bereavement. These are for professionals and volunteers who are working with those who have experienced a major loss. Booking is essential. For the full list of workshops and booking details, click here
CEOL which stands for ‘Compassionate End of Life’ empowers all staff to provide the best possible end-of-life care for people living in residential care centres (RCC) in Ireland.
“All of us want assurance that the care our loved ones receive at end of life in residential care should be the best. The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) developed the Journey of Change programme to enable RCC (where 25% of people die each year) continually review and reflect the care they provide at end of life and introduce changes so that residents needs and their families are met in a truly holistic manner. We are very proud and grateful to the 100 RCC sites that participated in the first phase of the p rogram, and particularly those who engaged in the evaluation, which has informed the next phase CEOL” according to Marie Lynch, Head of Healthcare programmes, Irish Hospice Foundation.
This launch is the next step to introduce a national framework that will enable residential care centres keep a constant focused on providing compassion at end of life for residents, families and staff.
The Irish Hospice Foundation is pleased to announce our partnership with Beechfield Care Group, and we are delighted that Sarah McMickan CEO of Beechfield Care Group will formally launch the CEOL programme. We have agreed to work together to achieve the recognition amongst providers and policy makers that end-of-life care is a key component of quality care in nursing homes, and will be advocating for required investment to ensure this takes place.
“As CEO of Beechfield Care Group, I am very aware of how important it is for the residential care sector to continually seek improvements from the broadest perspective in the delivery of person centred care as residents approach the end of their life. For this reason I am delighted to launch the Irish Hospice Foundation CEOL programme; it will be very helpful to the sector to have a formal framework to support the delivery of compassionate care at end of life. This will become increasingly important with the change in Ireland’s demographics, and more people dying in residential care settings,” said Ms Mickan.
In Ireland there are currently over 28,000 people living in residential care, with approximately 7,000 people dying each year in these settings. As highlighted by the latest ERSI report (Projections of demand for healthcare in Ireland, 2015-2030) the number of people living in nursing homes is projected to increase by between 40 to 54 per cent by 2030.
Providing compassionate care for residents approaching the end of their life is a fundamental component of person-centred care. The CEOL Programme enables staff to continuously review, reflect and improve the end-of-life care they provide for residents, their families and the staff themselves. The programme embeds a continuous quality improvement approach and is built around the needs of the individual, with the resident always at the heart of every decision. Good end-of-life care is about being supported to live well until you die.
The pilot phase of the programme called ‘A Journey of Change’ ran from 2015 to 2016 in which over 100 RCC’s participated in. Dr Kathy Walsh (KW Research and Associates Ltd) conducted an independent evaluation of the Journey of Change programme and found that that it has the capacity to improve end-of-life care in participating residential care centres. “Where all elements of the Programme have been implemented, there have been significant changes in practice in relation to End-of-Life Care (EOLC) planning, at time of death and after death, with staff less likely to want to transfer patients to hospital toward end of life.” (Dr Kathy Walsh, 2017).
The feedback from staff has been extremely positive, with staff reporting that their confidence and communication skills in relation to end-of-life care had improved as a result of their participation in the Programme. The Journey of Change Evaluation report also identified staff development in term of recognising and providing caring to a dying person, accessing specialist palliative care earlier, accessing GP services earlier, pain management and supporting the person to die in the care centre as per the wishes of the resident.
Staff from St Oliver Plunkett Community Hospital who have participated in the programme have reported ‘because we are more confident talking to our residents about death and end of life, we have a lot more conversations with them about what they want, like and dislike. As a result, we know a lot more about what our residents want at end of life and we do our very best to give them what they want’.