What are the HFH QI Awards?
Each year, we award Quality Improvement Awards to Hospice Friendly Hospitals. These annual awards recognise projects that will improve end-of-life care for patients, their families, staff and the hospital.
The awards were first launched in 2019, as an initiative through our Hospice Friendly Hospitals programme. Over the past five years the HFH QI have awarded funding for 53 projects across 32 hospitals. The Hospice Friendly Hospitals Quality Improvement (HFH QI) Awards provide an opportunity to inspire, encourage and support staff to continually strive for a quality improvement approach to End-Of-Life Care (EOLC).
All staff from HSE/Voluntary Acute Hospitals who are engaging within our HFH programme are eligible to apply; those successful will receive a financial support of up to €1,000 for their project. Recognising that staff are central to continual quality improvement within end-of-life care, the awards allow those with the knowledge, experience, and passion to put forward their ideas.
Figures based on awards granted since 2019
Purpose of the HFH QI Awards
Reflective in nature, the HFH QI Awards requires staff to work cohesively and collaborate to examine current practices and look at new ways of working. At the heart of the awards is the aim of continuing to improve the end-of-life care approach and to help hospital towards the implementation of the Quality Standards for End-of-Life Care.
Goals of the HFH QI Awards
When considering potential projects for HFH QI Awards, we encourage staff to consider the goals of the awards.
Explore current practices.
What are we doing we
could do better? What
do we want to accomplish?
Raise awareness of how
Quality Improvement methods
can be used to make EOLC better.
Explore creative and
innovative ways to
improve the way we work.
Shine a light on
improved ways of
Use a robust Quality
to make those changes.
Use a robust Quality Improvement approach to make those changes.
Shine a light on improved ways of providing person-centred EOLC.
Explore creative and innovative ways to improve the way we work.
Raise awareness of how Quality Improvement methods can be used to make EOLC better.
Look at current ways of working. What are we doing we could do better? What do we want to accomplish?
Key Dates for 2024
March 4 2024: HFHQI Awards Open
August 16 2024: Applications close
October 9 2024: Awards Announced
The timeline below shows the sequence of steps for the HFH QI Awards, from Awards Opening through Support Sessions & Communication, Application, Feedback and Winner Announcement.
For more information about the awards, the types of projects and application guidelines, please read our Application Pack.
Download the Application Pack for HFH QI Awards 2023
Note: All dates have been removed from applications & pack with the advice for applicants to refer to the HFH QI webpage re: key dates.
HFH QI Support Sessions
Apply for HFH QI Awards
There are three ways to apply for the HFH QI Awards:
Email as an attachment to the HFH Programme Team – [email protected].
Or post to: IHF, Morrison Chambers (Floor 4), 32 Nassau St, Dublin 2, D02 YE06
3. Alternatively, applicants can provide required information via a video blog, whiteboard presentation or other equally creative media once the application fields are covered. Please refer to the Application Pack for guidelines and additional information.
We have some wonderful examples of previous projects such as the Together in Sympathy book, a Palliative Care Resource folder and a Care after Death checklist. Please visit our HFH QI Awardees page or view the video below for a selection of past projects.