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Hospice Friendly Hospitals

Hospice Friendly Hospitals (HFH) is one of our pioneering programmes. In partnership with the HSE, over 47 hospitals nationwide are now linked with HFH. 

It was established in 2007 to introduce a strategic and focused approach to the improvement of end-of-life care (EOLC) in acute hospitals. It takes a multi-level and multi-systems approach to EOLC working with all staff at all levels of the hospital, hospital group and HSE nationally.

This approach is underpinned by the Quality Standards for End-of-Life Care in Hospitals

Our HFH programme involves: 

  • coordinating networks for hospital staff to promote improvements in end-of-life care.
  • advocating for investment in palliative, end-of-life and bereavement care services at the hospital, hospital group and national level.
  • developing and promoting the use of our ceremonial resources for end-of-life care.
  • developing and promoting educational supports for all hospital staff, including our Final Journeys workshop.
  • coordinating Design & Dignity which is transforming the way hospital spaces are designed.
  • providing expert advice and guidance to hospital staff to support the implementation of HFH in their hospital. 
  • supporting quality improvement in end-of-life care through our HFHQI Awards.

4 National HFH Networks  

  • The Acute Hospital Network 
  • The Maternity & Perinatal Network 
  • The Paediatric Network
  • The End-of-Life Care Coordinator Network 

The following is a list of hospitals that have an End-of-Life Care Co-ordinator: 

  • Connolly Hospital
  • Beaumont Hospital
  • St James’s Hospital 
  • Mater Misercordiae University Hospital
  • Sligo University Hospital 
  • Cork University Hospital
  • University of Limerick Hospital Group
  • University Hospital Waterford 
  • Mayo University Hospital 
  • St Vincents University Hospital 
  • Midland’s Regional Hospital Tullamore 
  • Tallaght university Hospital 
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda 
  • Galway University Hospital  

Acute Network Meeting

The next Acute Network meeting will take place in person from 10am-4pm on 19th May 2022 in the Aisling Hotel, Dublin 2.

Margaret McKiernan, Chair, HfH Acute Network, Director of Nursing, Mercy University Hospital

Winter Planning 2021/2022 & Joint Oversight Group update
Prof Cillian Twomey, Chair National HSE-IHF HfH Oversight Group

Irish Hospice Foundation & Hospice Friendly Hospitals Updates
Sharon Foley, CEO, IHF

Winter Planning Workstreams Update followed by Discussion & Q&A.

  • Care of the Deceased Guidelines: Workstream Chair, Margaret McKiernan
  • Bereavement Care Services: Workstream Chair, Daniel Nuzum

HfH Hospitals – End-of-Life Care in your hospital
Around the table discussions 

HSE Employee Assistance Program
Morgan Lucey, Employee Assistance Programme – National Lead (MIACP) 

Design & Dignity
Alice Anderson, IHF & Ronan Rose Roberts, D&D Architectural Advisor
Mortuary Capital Programme
HSE Estates

HfH Quality Improvement Awards 2022
Margaret Codd, HSE Quality and Patient Safety Directorate & Aedamar Torpey, IHF

Feedback from around round table ‘End-of-Life Care in your hospital’ discussions.

Health & Wellbeing Tools for Frontline Staff.
Dominic Campbell, IHF

NMBI Accredited – 5 CEU’s Please note registration closes Friday 13th May at 5pm