Conference 2016

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Conference 2016: ‘Compassionate Care at the End of Life in Hospitals – Leading by Example’

The Hospice Friendly Hospitals (HFH) Conference 2016 took place on Wednesday 27th April 2016 at The Strand Hotel, Limerick. It was organised by the Irish Hospice Foundation’s Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme in partnership with the HSE & the University of Limerick Hospital Group. The HFH conference is for all healthcare staff who care for dying patients and their families.

For the conference programme, please click here.

For a playlist of all presentations and posters at the conference, please see below.

For a recap of the conference on social media, click here

Organising Committee

The organising committee was comprised of:  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 Nursing Integration & Development, University Hospital Limerick; Catherine Hand – PALS Manager, University Hospital Limerick (and Chair of the UHL End of Life Care Committee); Bettina Korn – End of Life Care Coordinator, St James’s Hospital, Dublin; (Chair) Marie Lynch – Head of Healthcare Programmes, Irish Hospice Foundation; Emer O’ Donoghue – Coordinator Healthcare Support Courses, CNME (HSE West) University Hospital Limerick; Grace O’Sullivan – Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme Coordinator, Irish Hospice Foundation; Annette Ridley – Quality and Patient Safety Manager, Medicine Directorate – UL Hospital Group; Dr Fergal Twomey – Consultant in Palliative Medicine, UL Hospital Group & Milford Care Centre; Pamela Withero – Executive Assistant, Irish Hospice Foundation; Liam Woods & Ciaran Browne – HSE Acute Hospitals Division.

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Please follow the above link to view this and all other posters and presentations from the Hospice Friendly Hospitals 2016 Conference.


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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