Each year, we award Quality Improvement awards to Hospice Friendly Hospitals.
What are HFHQI Awards?
They are financial supports for HSE/Voluntary Acute Hospitals who are engaging with our HFH programme. They support the continual quality improvement approach to end-of-life care (EOLC) and help hospitals towards implementation of the Quality Standards for End-of-Life Care in Hospitals.
HFHQI 2022 Awardees:
Thinking of you Memory Box
This project aims to provide a memory box to tragically bereaved families undergoing the organ donation process. The purpose of the memory box is to store keepsakes created by families with the support of healthcare professionals, providing comfort to a grieving family.
Grief in the ICU – Bereavement Support for Children
St. Luke’s Kilkenny
The aim of the project is to meet the individual needs of children who experience the loss of a loved one in the ICU setting. The family members and children will be provided a ‘grief pack’ resource to help the child navigate their way through grief in the time after death. This pack will also include Level 2 bereavement support should it be required.
Together Time Couch
This project aims to provide a comfortable two-seater couch for all families to hold their child at end-of-life in the PICU. The presence of this couch on the unit will remind staff of the importance of child and family-centered care, and how simple items can augment the end-of-life care experience at such a difficult and sensitive time.
Together in Sympathy Book
Standardised book for each ward to respectfully record patients’ deaths and honor each patient they have cared for while acknowledging the staff who cared for these patients at their end of life.
Care After Death Checklist
University Hospital Limerick
Develop a Care after death checklist, with all forms needed for completion to ensure homogenous delivery of care for patients during the dying phase and after they have died in our hospital. The checklist will allow everyone who works in care after death to consistently deliver excellence in care and to reduce exceptions, improve communication with the bereaved, and deliver all the necessary paperwork, (Mortuary Form, Record of death, Death Notification Form, Cremation Forms) as per the HFH Quality Standards
Family Tree Artwork for Family Room
St. Luke’s Kilkenny
Creating a Chestnut Tree Artwork to enhance the signage of our new family room, clearly signposting families and staff to this private and quiet space, an oasis of support away from the busy clinical area
Palliative Care Resource Folder
To create a Palliative Care Resource folder to enhance person-centered care for patients approaching the end of life, while promoting collaborative practice and the sharing of knowledge among staff. It shall be replicated for all clinical areas within Naas General Hospital
To improve patients’/families’ experiences who are receiving End of Life Care in a Hospital Setting by creating a homelier space filled with music, memories, sound, familiarity, and love. Each acute area will have access to Bluetooth Speakers/Radios. Patients/families will be able to listen to music, news, and familiar radio programmes just like they would if they were at home
End-of-life Education in ICU
This project aims to empower staff by increasing knowledge, skills, and confidence across all areas of end-of-life care with an emphasis on communication and physical care to ensure the comfort of patients in their final days of life.
Paediatric EOL Trolley
Develop a standardised ‘Trolley’ that will contain all the equipment and information necessary to deliver good quality end-of-life care to children and their families in the Emergency Department (ED)