Work Activity 8: Policy Development and Implementation
In tandem with agencies who promote the public and professional voice of hospice and palliative care the Institute will encourage debate, facilitate the promotion of palliative care issues amongst national policy makers (North and South) and work effectively with international partners (e.g. EAPC, IAHPC) to integrate palliative care issues within national and international healthcare agendas.
The Institute will undertake policy work both across and within the two jurisdictions, focusing on learning opportunities and possible co-operation, as well as furthering key local and national policy issues.
AIIHPC's policy focus will involve a number of specific initiatives and ongoing programmes of work:
- Constant 'horizon scanning' to identify and address emerging issues across palliative care policy, wider health policy, and related socio-political areas such as family demography and caring, and poverty and equity.
- Establish ongoing dialogue with policymakers, positioning the Institute as the trusted source of information and providing the evidence base to effect policy change.
- Undertake the monitoring of the development and implementation of palliative care policy, building on the outcomes from proposed research.
- Host a round-table policy event bringing key palliative care experts (including policy experts, practitioners and researchers) and key commissioners and policymakers (including Health Ministers) together to discuss and progress key policy issues. It is proposed that a different issue would be identified and pursued each year, with output from education, research and practice activities (as well as external changes) driving the policy agenda.
These initiatives will be influenced and informed by the ongoing research, education and user involvement activities of the Institute, as well as strong stakeholder engagement.
Work Activity 8 offers:
- Positive policy change for palliative care development across the island of Ireland
- Policy has a clear evidence base, derived from the expert work of the Institute
- Cross-jurisdiction learning to support policy development