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Palliative Care Psychology Group

The IAPC Psychology Group is established under the IAPC’s Mission to promote palliative care through education, representation and networking and thereby build capacity in palliative care at the individual and at sector level on the Island of Ireland.


Purpose: The purpose of the Group is to create a dynamic and supportive group within which to share expertise, knowledge and experience for those working in Psychology within the Palliative Care multidisciplinary team within the island of Ireland.



  • Survey on the role of psychologists working in the palliative care in Ireland; The have developed a survey to seek information about the role, education and core competencies of psychologists working in the field of palliative care (across all levels, from clinical and research to education and policy) in Ireland. Data is currently being collected and the Group will develop a Statement Paper on the results in 2017.
  • HSE Palliative Care Competence Framework: The group was heavily involved in the development of the Framework in relation to the section on Psychology Download


Resources and Information:

Video – The Role of the Psychologist in Specialist Palliative Care – 


Members: Dr Paul D’Alton (Chairperson), Head of Department of Psycho-Oncology, St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin

Dr Ursula Bates, Principal Clinical Psychologist, Blackrock Hospice, Dublin

Dr Susan Delaney, Clinical Psychologist

Dr Louise Kinsella, Clinical Psychologist, St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin

Dr Aidan McKiernan, Clinical Psychologist, LauraLynn Children’s Hospice, Dublin

Susan O’Flanagan, Clinical Psychologist, St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin

David Shannon, Psychologist, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Dublin