Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Hospice Friendly Hospitals

The Irish Hospice Foundation ‘Hospice Friendly Hospitals’ programme is seeking ‘expressions of interest’ from hospitals in Ireland for supports to assist them to participate in Phase 2 of their programme. The initiative was launched in May 2007, and it has been ongoing since that time – with the four key themes being Integrated Care, Communication, Design and Dignity and Patient Autonomy.

Quality Standards for End-of-Life Care in Hospitals will be launched in March 2010, and the final report of the National Audit of End-of-Life Care in Hospitals will be launched in May 2010.

The Forum on End of Life in Ireland, launched in March 2009, will draw to a close next year also.(See blogs for 20 March, 22 June, 30 June, 9 September, 5 October 2009.)

Meanwhile, the December (or Winter) issue of the Jesuit journal, Studies, is devoted to the theme of ‘Dying, Death and Bereavement’, and carries an interesting and varied number of articles related to end of life care in Ireland.