Hospice Friendly Hospitals Networks

The Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme coordinates four national networks to promote quality improvements in end-of-life care in all care settings.

End-of-Life Care Coordinator Network

The Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme coordinates the End-of-Life Care Coordinator Network. A number of acute hospitals have appointed End-of-Life Care Coordinator posts on a full or part-time basis and one hospital now has a CNM3 End-of-Life Care in post. The network holds quarterly support meetings for end-of-life care coordinators.

Members of the End-of-Life Care Coordinator Network: 

  • Connolly Hospital: Debby Gregg
  • Beaumont Hospital: Gill Rufli
  • James’s Hospital: Bettina Korn
  • Mater Hospital: Diarmuid Ó Coimín
  • Sligo Univeristy Hospital: Ann Hayes
  • South / South West Hospital Group: Joan Browne
  • University of Limerick Hospital Group:  Denis Casey

Acute Hospital Network

The Hospice Friendly Hospitals Acute Hospital Network was established in 2010. Leaders in end-of-life care from over 40 hospitals linked to the Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme are members of this network. The network also has representation from the HSE Acute Services Directorate, the National Clinical Programme for Palliative Care and the Irish Palliative Medicine Consultants Association.

The network supports End-of-Life Care Committees in acute hospitals to implement the Quality Standards for End-of-Life Care. It also provides initial contact for hospitals wanting to engage with the HFH Programme.

To do this the network :

  • 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 is led by peer support. Participants’ evaluation of network meetings regularly highlights the value of coming together in person to share ideas and information.

The Chair of this network is Margaret McKiernan, Director of Nursing, Mercy University Hospital, Cork and the Vice Chair 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

Upcoming Acute Network Meetings for 2017

Maternity & Neonatal Network

The Maternity & Neonatal Hospice Friendly Hospitals Network is a national network for staff working in the area of pregnancy loss and infant death. The network was formed in October 2013 during a workshop for staff in maternity hospitals and maternity units. It is co-hosted by the Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme, The Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital, The National Maternity Hospital and The Rotunda Hospital. The Maternity & Neonatal Network shares information and advocates for improvements in end-of-life and bereavement care services. All 19 maternity hospitals and units in Ireland, as well as Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin and Temple Street Children’s University Hospital are represented in this network.

Network.23 April 2015

Staff from hospitals around Ireland attending the event at the Ashling Hotel, Dublin, April 2015.


Summary of Maternity and Neonatal Network Meeting April 2015 (MNN 15) from Irish Hospice Foundation – presentations available to view and share on Slideshare 

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