Director's Message February 2012
February may have seemed like a short month, but it was one of much planning, meetings and presentations.
Our first AIIHPC Management Committee meeting of 2012 took place on Thursday 16th February where a draft of the Strategic Plan was approved by the Management Committee and will be available soon on our website.
To coincide with the meeting, we were delighted to welcome Kathy McLoughlin from Milford Care Centre who presented Milford’s ‘Bill United’ project which forms part of their Compassionate Communities work. We would like to thank the team at Milford Care Centre for the time they took to share the project with AIIHPC and wish them every success with the campaign. Congratulations to both Milford and University of Limerick who have secured the hosting of the 3rd International Public Health and Palliative Care Conference taking place in April 2013.
The start of the month saw the IAPC’s annual Education and Research Seminar take place in Kilkenny where our Head of Research, Dr Sonja McIlfatrick, made a short presentation on behalf of the Institute.
AIIHPC’s Research team held a meeting and half day training session for the Expert Advisory Groups who will oversee two guideline adaptation initiatives undertaken by scholars selected by the Institute to adopt international best practice guidelines in Depression and Constipation. We would like to thank Ms Eileen Nolan and Dr Eve O'Toole from the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) for their support by leading the training on the day.
AIIHPC’s Head of Education, Dr Michael Connolly, attended a meeting of the National Education Framework, Nursing & Mid-Wifery End of Life Pre-registration and Post-registration Education and Continuous Professional Development Steering Group, led by the HSE and Irish Hospice Foundation. This group will look at developing a framework for the continual development for palliative and end-of-life care nurses.
I was delighted to attend a meeting of the Irish Hospice Foundation’s Primary Palliative Care Phase II Committee. This Committee will work together to build on the recommendations and proposals contained in the IHF’s report ‘Primary Palliative Care in Ireland: Identifying improvements in primary care to support the care of those in the last year of life’, which was launched in late 2011.
Some members of our team were also invited to the 9th Annual Dr. Mary Redmond Foundation Day Lecture in St Francis Hospice, Raheny. The guest speaker this year was Baroness Nuala O’Loan, D.B.E. and her presentation ‘Belonging to Each Other’, which was inspired by the famous Mother Teresa quote, “If we have no peace it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other”, was well received by those in attendance.
All in all, February was a busy month for those involved in the hospice and palliative care communities.
Until next month,