Final Journeys – Improving end-of-life care in our hospitals
Final Journeys is a one-day training workshop that aims to improve the delivery of end-of-life care amongst all hospital staff. It focusses on enhancing the communications skills of participants to enable them to be more competent delivering end-of-life care and supporting patients who are dying, as well as their families.
- Who is Final Journeys for?
Final Journeys is for all hospital staff in HSE and voluntary acute hospitals, regardless of their role. As end-of-life care is everyone’s business, everyone should attend this workshop.
Final Journeys was originally developed in 2010, as part of the Hospice Friendly Hospitals (HFH) Programme. The HFH Programme is a joint initiative of the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) and the HSE.
It is estimated since 2010 over 5,000 people have participated in a Final Journeys workshop. In 2018, a Final Journeys Review Subgroup was formed and the workshop and resources were reviewed and updated.
The programme, has been refreshed and updated and the new materials now feature an individual participant workbook, a comprehensive facilitator guide and accompanying activities and audio-visual materials.
The materials which include exercises, video clips and skills practice, are used to ensure the workshop is interesting and interactive with a strong emphasis on the application of learning back in the hospital setting.
- What end-of-life care skills are covered in the programme?
On completion of the programme, participants will be able to:
How to attend a Final Journeys Programme
The workshop is delivered onsite by acute hospital staff trained as Final Journeys facilitators.
The IHF are currently working with the HSE to upskill existing Final Journeys facilitators and train new ones to ensure the continued and sustainable success of the programme throughout Ireland.
Who can become a Final Journeys Facilitator?
Anyone who is passionate about the delivery of quality end-of-life care and creating a ‘Hospice Friendly Hospital’ can request to become a Final Journeys facilitator, providing they meet the selection criteria.
For more information on Final Journeys or if you are interested in becoming a Final Journeys facilitator contact your hospitals End-of-Life Care Committee or Coordinator or complete our enquiry form below.