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Book Now: Planning for the Future Seminar

Posted on: October 4th, 2018

Are you a Healthcare Professional? Are you ready for the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act?
Do you want to seize the opportunity to address challenges around Advance Care Planning and Advance Healthcare Directives?
Join us for Planning For the Future: Conversations & Challenges at the Alex Hotel on Wednesday 24 October. Fee: €50
Check out the Programme of speakers for the day here.
To book your place, complete the booking form and return by post to: Bronagh Curran, Irish Hospice Foundation, Morrison Chambers, 32 Nassau Street, Dublin 2  or email to: Bronagh.curran@hospicefoundation.ie (unless paying by credit card).
** A number of bursaries are also available to the public to attend. Please contact Bronagh on (01) 679 3188 or by email bronagh.curran@hospicefoundation.ie

Are we ready to “Think Ahead”? Research says yes

Posted on: July 18th, 2016

Research on end-of-life planning shows Irish patients are well able to “Think Ahead”

are we ready to think ahead

Dr. Brendan O’Shea’s research is featured in the report ‘Are We Ready to “Think Ahead”? Acceptability Study Using an Innovative End of Life Planning Tool’.

The Irish Hospice Foundation and the Forum on End of Life in Ireland have today (21st welcomed the publication in The Irish Medical Journal (IMJ) this month of a General Practice based study which found a strongly positive response by patients to a request to consider and record their detailed preferences regarding their own end-of-life care. A scientific paper in the peer reviewed journal entitled ‘Are We Ready to “Think Ahead”? Acceptability Study Using an Innovative End of Life Planning Tool’ captures the results of a study by Dr. Brendan O’Shea (Lecturer in General Practice at Trinity College) and his Colleagues on the TCD HSE GP Training Scheme. The study involved 100 clinically stable patients in five GP Training Practices attending their GP for routine care. Participants were provided with a “Think Ahead” form and their experience of filling out the form was later explored by telephone survey.
Think Ahead is a citizen-led advance planning tool developed by the National Council of the Forum on End of Life in Ireland, an initiative of the Irish Hospice Foundation. It guides people in looking at and recording all aspects of end of life: legal, financial, healthcare preferences and wishes for organ donation and funeral arrangements. The study team was supported by the Forum on End of Life in Ireland and the Irish Hospice Foundation. Key results included:
  • 63% reported “no difficulty” completing the form
  • 76% completed all or part of the form
  • 74% indicated they did not find completing the form to cause upset
  • 87% felt that the Think Ahead document should be made more widely available
  • 68%indicated they felt “Think Ahead” would be of general interest
  • 83% had discussions on end-of-life planning with family members after reading
Dr. O’Shea commented: “Our study has found that the GP surgery is a good location to introduce end-of-life conversations, and a planning tool such as Think Ahead is invaluable. Our study found high levels of acceptability and positive experience for most patients. Most had no difficulty in completing the form, were not upset by it and felt it should be more widely available. The form itself was effective in encouraging discussions on end-of-life issues with family.”
Mrs. Justice Catherine McGuinness, Chairperson of the National Council, commented: “Dr. O’Shea’s research shows a very positive response from the public to the notion of planning ahead. End-of- life discussions can be uncomfortable for many of us but they are essential on a societal as well as a personal level. Dr. O’Shea’s research has been vital in informing the future development of Think Ahead.”
Sharon Foley, CEO of the Irish Hospice Foundation, stated: “Think Ahead was developed following a year-long public consultation process where people said they wanted a tool of this kind. It is continually being tested to ensure that it is meeting the needs of the public.”
The Think Ahead form provides for an Advance Healthcare Directive. While Advance Healthcare Directives are recognised in common law, a provision to legislate for Advance Healthcare Directives was incorporated into the Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Bill 2013.
Copies of the Think Ahead form are can be accessed and downloaded here.
Click here to download this document.
Visit Irish Medical Journal website at www.imj.ie.

Matt Cooper talks about Think Ahead & DNR decision on the Saturday Night Show

Posted on: July 18th, 2016

Matt Cooper talks about Think Ahead

Matt Cooper talks about Think Ahead

Matt Cooper, host of “The Last Word”, discusses DNR decisions and the Think Ahead programme on the Saturday Night Show in January 2015.

For most of us, discussions and signing of  Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders will only happen once. But Matt Cooper, host of “The Last Word” was faced with the difficult decision of signing DNR consents for both parents.

Matt spoke about this experience with Brendan O’Connor on the Saturday Night Show in January 2015. He also referenced the Think Ahead form and encouraged members of the public to plan for end of life situations.

Read Matt’s story here

Think Ahead – One Family’s Story

Posted on: July 18th, 2016

Wendy plans for end-of-life with Think Ahead

Think Ahead - One Family's Story

Helen and Wendy Coughlan talk about how Think Ahead helped them plan for Wendy’s end-of-life care.

Wendy Coughlan from Greystones, who has terminal cancer, discusses how she has used the Think Ahead Form. Wendy has used Think Ahead to plan for her end-of-life care with her family. In this video, she and her daughter, Helen, speak openly and passionately about how Think Ahead has helped the entire family on this journey.

Think Ahead – One Family’s Story

Click here to listen to Wendy and Helen on The John Murray Show on RTE Radio 1.

Briefing paper on Advance Healthcare Directives

Posted on: July 18th, 2016

Briefing paper on advance healthcare directives

Questions and answers on Advance Healthcare Directives

This briefing paper answers some of the questions people may have about the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) bill and the issue of Advance Care Directives.

“This act provides a legislative policy framework which supports our work to enable people think about what they want for themselves at end of life, primarily through the Think Ahead programme.”

— Sharon Foley, CEO of the Irish Hospice Foundation.

Advance Healthcare Directives Briefing Paper January 2016


Posted on: February 19th, 2014

Have your say on advance healthcare directives 

The Forum on End of Life in Ireland an initiative of the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) will hold a public meeting next week on the Department of Health’s recently published draft legislation to provide for Advance Healthcare Directives

Department of health logo

 The free event will take place on Thursday, February 27th at the Alexander Hotel in Dublin city centre from 6pm and all are welcome to attend. 

Chaired by the IHF’s CEO Sharon Foley, there are a number of  confirmed speakers for the evening including;

  • Dr Liam Twomey, GP and Fine Gael TD who previously introduced a Private Members Bill on Advance Healthcare Directives
  • Patricia Rickard-Clarke, Solicitor and former Law Reform Commissioner
  • Dr Brendan O’Shea, GP and Lecturer  in Trinity College Dublin
  • Siobhán O’Sullivan, Chief Bioethics Officer in the Department of Health

 Download the press release for further details >>>>