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Report on End of Life & Palliative Care in Ireland launched

All hospitals should have strategies for dealing with palliative, end-of-life care and bereavement - Health Committee

All hospitals should draw up strategies for dealing with palliative, end-of-life care and bereavement, acc

IAPC Annual Education and Research Seminar 2014

Full Video Presentations and Powerpoint Presentations are available to download in the Knowledge Centre of the website

IAPC ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2013

21st Century Questions for Palliative Care; Current and challenging themes for Palliative Care

DATE: Friday 8 November 2013 TIME: 08.30-16.00 LOCATION

IAPC Education & Research Seminar 2014 - Call for Abstracts CLOSED

Participants are invited to submit an abstract for oral or poster presentation no later than Monday 7 October 2013  

The Annual IAPC Education and Research Seminar is  the premier meeting for those

IAPC Annual Education and Research Seminar 2013

Full presentations available to download in the Knowledge Centre

Online Catalogue - Palliative Care Audits, Evaluations & Research in Ireland

The IAPC is pleased to announce a new information resource aimed at assisting palliative care researchers in Ireland. fake watches  

The online Catelogue details what palliativ

IAPC Directory of Specialist Palliative Care Services in Ireland 2012

The Directory provides full details of Palliative Care services in Ireland.

 

 

 

The online Directory can be found by clicking

Portfolio Writing & Communication Skills Workshop

Portfolio Writing & Communication Skills Workshop

Date: 2 May
Time: 2- 5pm
Cost: Portfolio Writing only 9am-1pm: €40
Communication Skills only 2pm – 4.30pm: €40
Full day €75

This workshop is aimed at candidates studying on the distance
learning courses offered by Milford Care Centre. The morning
session focuses on the skills required to write a reflective portfolio
about a clinical case. The session covers an overview of reflective
practice, choosing the best case, identifying the key issues,
searching for evidence, referencing and writing styles.
In the afternoon, the focus turns to communicating with patients
and their families at the end of life and explores scenarios
identified by participants relevant to their portfolio.
Application will be made to An Bord Altranais for Catergory 1
approval for this course.

Location: Milford Care Centre Limerick

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Interprofessional Supervision in Palliative & End of Life Care. What is it and how can it benefit?

Date: 4 May 2012
Venue: Our Lady’s Hospice, Education & Research Centre, Harold's Cross, Dublin 6
Times: 9.30 – 5.00pm (1.00 – 2.00 for lunch and short 20 minute breaks morning and afternoon)

Outline: This day long training focuses on how supervision can be a valuable support and help for those working in Palliative and End of Life care.
Supervision in this context will be seen as interprofessional and helpful to individuals, teams and organisations.
We want to present “joined-up” supervision where the benefits are seen to help all those in the system: the patients/clients, the workers, the teams, the managers and the organisations dedicated to providing services to this patient/client group.

The day will be a mixture of input (talks) with small group discussion and plenary sessions.
At the end of the day it is hoped that the group will reach some consensus on what supervision means in the context of palliative and end of life care and have some ideas of how to implement appropriate interprofessional supervision in such environments.

Facilitator: Prof. Michael Carroll
Michael Carroll, Ph.D. is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist. He is an accredited Executive Coach and an accredited Supervisor of Executive Coaches with APECS (Association for Professional Executive Coaches and Supervisors).
Michael is Visiting Industrial Professor in the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol and the winner of the 2001 British Psychological Society Award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Psychology.
Michael works with individuals, teams and organisations specializing in the theme of learning.
He supervises coaches and trains nationally and internationally and works within the private and public spheres.
He runs The Supervision Centre (www.supervisioncentre.com)

Target Audience: This specialist workshop is open to all healthcare professionals working in palliative and end of life care (i.e. doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, pastoral carers, psychotherapists/counsellors etc).
Continuing Professional Development This workshop has received the following approval/credits for members of the relevant professional organisations:
 Category 1 approved by An Bord Altranais (CEU’s 6)
 Irish Association of Social Workers – (2 CPD Points)
 Psychological Society of Ireland – (4 CPD Credits)
A Certificate of Attendance will be provided to all participants at the end of the workshop.

Workshop Fee: €75.00

Location: Our Lady's Hospice & Care Services, Harold's Cross, Dublin 6

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Milford Care Centre - Advanced Communication in Palliative & End-Of-Life Care

Milford Care Centre - Advanced Communication in Palliative & End-Of-Life Care
Dates: Wednesday 9- Friday 11 May 2012
Time: 9am-5pm (each day)
Cost: €300

Description: Communication is important in all health care settings, but is critical at
the end of life. Effective interdisciplinary team working is key and a
prerequisite for successful interactions with patients and families. Health
professionals often lack the communication skills or confidence required
to work with this patient group in situations that can involve dealing
with challenging emotions and complex clinical situations. Using
simulated patients, structured feedback and small group discussion
facilitates health professionals to develop competence and confidence in
a safe, comfortable and non-threatening environment. These approaches
are central to this course, based on the Dr. Wilkinson Model of
Communication Skills training from the UK.

This 3-day course aims to increase health professionals’ awareness of
their communication skills and to explore strategies to enhance their
ability to elicit and respond to patients’ concerns and deal more
effectively with difficult communication situations. Experiential learning
is the key to this course in communication skills. This course uses
simulated role play with actors, small group discussion, reflection on case
studies, health professional-led clinical scenarios, and formative selfassessment
of communication skills.

This course is designed for members of the multi-professional health care
team who are working with patients with advanced progressive disease.
To undertake this course the participant must have two years clinical
experience as a qualified practitioner.

Prior to attending the course, participants will be required to submit a
tape recording of a patient assessment.

To book a place immediately contact:
Geraldine Aherne
Education Secretary
Tel. 061 485 841/863
Email: g.aherne@milfordcarecentre.ie

Location: Milford Care Centre Limerick

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Driving Standards for Medical Care in the Extended Care Setting - Challenges for the Present and the Future

Nursing Homes Nursing Projects in partnership with the HSE and NHI

National Conference - Driving Standards for Medical Care in the Extended Care Setting - Challenges for the Present and the Future
Date: Wednesday 9 May 2012
Venue: Dunboyne Castle Hotel, Dunboyne, Co Meath
Time: 09.30-16.15

Overview: This conference is aimed at those involved in the delivery of clinical care in the nursing home, including senior staff, general practitioners with
practice in nursing homes, consultants and trainees in geriatric medicine, psychiatry of later life and palliative medicine. It will also be of interest to
HIQA staff involved in nursing home inspections and allied health staff with specific interest in extended
care.

For more information contact 
Angela Lowe
Nursing Homes Nursing Projects
Tara Winthrop Nursing Home
Nevinstown Lane, Swords, Co Dublin
Email: info@nhnp.ie
Phone 01 8079631
Closing date for applications 30th April 2012
Please note that there is no refund for cancellations advised less than 2 days prior to conference.

Location: Dunboyne Castle Hotel, Dunboyne, Co Meath

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Working with People Facing Death

Date: Thursday 10 May 2012

Time: 9.15am-4.15pm

Presenter: Eileen Scott, Medical Social Worker, Roscommon Palliative Care Services.

Description: How do you talk to someone who is dying? This workshop will reflect on and analyse how we can help people facing death to carefully
explores their emotional wellbeing.
We will look at the demanding, often challenging and conflicting issues that arise for people who are ill and what we might do or say to support them.
The needs of adults and children will be covered.
The format will include a presentation, a review of related literature and it will be experiential and interactive throughout.

Venue: Irish Hospice Foundation

Fee: €95 includes light lunch & tea/coffee

Location: Irish Hospice Foundation

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Adolescence & Loss

Date: Friday 11 May 2012

Time: 9.15am-4.15pm

Presenter: Dr Ray O’Donnchadha, Psychotherapist, lecturer in Psychology (DCU, RCSI & UCD) and Author.

Description: This workshop will explore the distinct issues which present when teenagers/adolescents experience loss, either through death,
parental separation, or emigration. It will provide a theoretical framework for the adolescent stage in development of the young person, and a
theoretical framework for separation and loss. It will use experiential, interactive and small group learning techniques to allow the participants to
formulate suitable approaches to working with young people who have experienced loss.

Venue: Irish Hospice Foundation

Fee: €95 includes light lunch & tea/coffee

Location: Irish Hospice Foundation

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Families & Bereavement

Date: Thursday 17th and Friday 18th May 2012

Time: 9.15am-4.15pm

Presenter: Stephan Sperber, Senior Social Worker, Milford Care Centre.

Description: As well as being an individual experience, bereavement is influenced by family relationships and functioning.
The workshop will examine the interplay between individuals and their family dynamics, explore the use of bereavement risk assessments and assist
participants in considering strategies for assisting and supporting bereaved families.

Venue: Irish Hospice Foundation

Fee: €180 2 day workshop includes light lunch & tea/coffee

Location: Irish Hospice Foundation

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Families & Bereavement

Date: Thursday 17th and Friday 18th May 2012

Time: 9.15am-4.15pm

Presenter: Stephan Sperber, Senior Social Worker, Milford Care Centre.

Description: As well as being an individual experience, bereavement is influenced by family relationships and functioning.
The workshop will examine the interplay between individuals and their family dynamics, explore the use of bereavement risk assessments and assist
participants in considering strategies for assisting and supporting bereaved families.

Venue: Irish Hospice Foundation

Fee: €180 2 day workshop includes light lunch & tea/coffee

Location: Irish Hospice Foundation

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Loss & Impact of Family Breakdown on Adolescents

Date: Thursday 24 May 2012

Time: 9.15am-4.15pm

Presenter: Francesca McGuinn, Counsellor & Co-ordinator Teen Between Service, Relationships Ireland.

Description: This workshop will look at the impact of parental separation on teenagers and identify behaviours and pressures that might indicate a need
for intervention. It will also look at the complexity of parental and familial systems influencing stepfamilies and issues for children in this ‘new system’.

Teen Between is a specialised counselling service for young adults who are experiencing difficulties as a result of their parents’ separation or family
transitions. The service continues to develop its skills and methodology but the overall theoretical perspective is systemic, seeing the young person’s
difficulties not only in the context of their family situation and marital breakdown, but also informed by the personal and social transitions of adolescence.
Use of video and handouts will be included.

Venue: Irish Hospice Foundation

Fee: €95 includes light lunch & tea/coffee

Location: Irish Hospice Foundation

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Final Journeys

Date: Friday 25 May 2012

Time: 9.15am-4.15pm

Presenter: Bryan Nolan, Hospice Friendly Hospitals

Description: Final Journeys 1 & 2 is an introductory programme aimed at enhancing the quality of the interactions between patients at end of life,
their families and hospital staff.
It is an interactive programme at introductory level aimed to develop a culture of awareness of end of life care among all staff and to support the development
of communication skills in end of life care.
It was developed through the Hospice Friendly Hospitals programme.
This workshop gives managers or staff from acute and community hospitals and nursing homes an opportunity to engage in Final Journeys and to consider
whether it is a programme that could be facilitated locally in their workplace.

Venue: Irish Hospice Foundation

Fee: €95 includes light lunch & tea/coffee

Location: Irish Hospice Foundation

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Psychosocial Issues in Palliative Care: Listening to the Still Small Voice: the role of palliative care nurses in addressing psychosocial neds of patients and families

DATE: 30 May 2012

TIME: 13.00 - 16.00 hrs

Course Objectives: The overall objective of this workshop is to create a forum for debate around the role of the specialist palliative care nurse in addressing psychosocial needs in terms of skills, competencies, challenges and evidence-based practice.
On completion of the day, participants will
• Develop a shared understanding of psychosocial care as applied to the practice specialist palliative care
• Understand the concept of compassion as applied to clinical practice
• Develop strategies for engagement and withdrawal in psychosocial contexts of care
• Foster a nursing response to psychosocial engagement in the context of the wider multidisciplinary team
• Articulate the debate around specialist palliative care nursing and the role played in outreach to the wider nursing communities on how to address psychosocial needs.

VENUE: Education & Research Centre, Our Lady's Hospice, Harold's Cross, Dublin 6

FEE: €40.00 EARLY BIRD registration, or Group Rate €105.00 x 4 registrations - valid until 18 April 2012

Location: Education & Research Centre, Our Lady's Hospice, Harold's Cross, Dublin 6

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Grandparents' Grief: A Complexity of Losses

Date: Thursday 31 May 2012

Time: 9.15am-4.15pm

Presenter: Brid Carroll, Psychotherapist & Counselling Superviser.

Description: This workshop will be experiential in nature and is suitable for both professionals and those who work with older people.
The workshop will explore the identity and role of grandparents in contemporary society.
It will examine the many losses experienced by grandparents through death, separation, divorce, emigration and the breaking of the grandparent/grandchild
contact.
The workshop will help participants to understand the profound sense of powerlessness and the cumulative effect of grief experienced by grandparents
which is often unacknowledged. It will illustrate approaches that can enhance the coping mechanism of bereaved grandparents.

Venue: Irish Hospice Foundation

Fee: €95 includes light lunch & tea/coffee

Location: Irish Hospice Foundation

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