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.
Margaret McKiernan Eileen Mannion
Upcoming Acute Network Meetings for 2017
- 23rd of March 2017 in the Ashling Hotel (Presentations available on Slideshare)
- 23rd of May 2017 in the River Lee Hotel, Cork (Agenda available for May meeting)
- 14th of November 2017 in the Ashling Hotel
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.
Summary of Maternity and Neonatal Network Meeting April 2015 (MNN 15) from Irish Hospice Foundation – presentations available to view and share on Slideshare