Advocacy Campaigns and Priorities
‘THROUGH ADVOCACY AND AWARENESS-RAISING, WE WORK TO PROMOTE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF END-OF-LIFE CARE ISSUES AND TO INFLUENCE DECISION-MAKERS TO MAKE SERVICES MORE WIDELY AVAILABLE TO ALL WHO NEED THEM’.
We work to ensure that every man, woman and child with palliative care needs has immediate access to a high quality service.
Ireland does not have a comprehensive hospice service. There are three areas of the country – covering 12 counties – with no inpatient unit (hospice) and our services face significant staff and bed deficits. Click here to view the 2007 Baseline Report
Despite these setbacks, we do have a strong network of home care teams with about 160 nurses providing care in the home.
The IHF is committed to ensuring that services are developed to allow people at the end of their life to achieve dignity and comfort in the care setting of their choice: their home, hospital or nursing home.
National policies for hospice services for adults and children have been devised. These policies enjoy the support of the hospice movement in Ireland. Our role is to see that the recommendations in these reports are actually implemented.
Our priorities are set following consultation with the public, direct service providers and frontline staff. Our contact with individuals and staff through our programmes and the Forum on End of Life in Ireland – an IHF initiative – ensure that our work is relevant.
We have organised campaigns which aim to:
- Protect the Specialist Palliative Care budget
- Support local hospice groups which are striving to develop services in their areas
- Secure the employment of a network of Children’s Outreach Nurses – most of whom will be funded by the IHF
- Raise awareness of the value of Advance Care planning
- Secure State support for IHF initiatives including our work to bring hospice principles into hospital practice