Picture caption: (L-R)
Francis Neville - Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care, Laois/Offaly, Anne Tan - CNM3, Palliative Care in Laois/Offaly, Mervyn Taylor - HfH Programme Manager, Irish Hospice Foundation, Denise Doolan - CNM 111, Nurse Practice Development Facilitator, MRHT, Anne Kelly - Director of Nursing MRH Mullingar, Claire O'Dea - Assistant Director of Nursing Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore, Dr. Michael Cushen -  Consultant in Specialist Palliative Medicine, Laois/Offaly and Longford/Westmeath, Dr Susan Delaney, Bereavement Services Manager, Irish Hospice Foundation, Dr Joan McCarthy, Lecturer in Healthcare Ethics, UCC (missing from the picture is Bridget Catterson - Director of Public Health Nursing, Laois/Offaly)

Picture caption: (L-R) Francis Neville - Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care, Laois/Offaly, Anne Tan - CNM3, Palliative Care in Laois/Offaly, Mervyn Taylor - HfH Programme Manager, Irish Hospice Foundation, Denise Doolan - CNM 111, Nurse Practice Development Facilitator, MRHT, Anne Kelly - Director of Nursing MRH Mullingar, Claire O'Dea - Assistant Director of Nursing Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore, Dr. Michael Cushen - Consultant in Specialist Palliative Medicine, Laois/Offaly and Longford/Westmeath, Dr Susan Delaney, Bereavement Services Manager, Irish Hospice Foundation, Dr Joan McCarthy, Lecturer in Healthcare Ethics, UCC (missing from the picture is Bridget Catterson - Director of Public Health Nursing, Laois/Offaly)

 

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Nursing staff in the Midlands get to grips with Palliative Care

 

Nursing staff in the Midlands get to grips with Palliative Care

In a joint collaboration between the Midlands Regional Hospital, Tullamore and the Community Specialist Palliative Care Team in Laois/Offaly, a Palliative Care an End of Life Conference entitled 'Getting to Grips with Palliative Care - A Nursing Perspective' took place on Thursday 18th November 2010 in Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Over 85 delegates attended, representing mainly nurses from the Acute Hospitals, Care of the Older Persons and Public Health Services within the region of Laois/Offaly & Longford/Westmeath.

The purpose of the conference was to provide delegates with a forum in which to explore best practice initiatives in Palliative and End of Life Care and an opportunity to enhance greater awareness regarding death and dying together with the needs of patients and families.

The collaborative nature of the conference also provided the opportunity for nursing staff from both the Acute Hospital Services and Primary Community and Continuing Care to network and build on the integration of services as outlined within the HSE Transformation Programme (2007-2010).

Speakers included Dr Joan McCarthy, Lecturer in Healthcare Ethics from the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork who addressed the conference on developments from an ethical perspective including the recently published 'Ethical Framework for End-of-Life Care' (www.hospicefriendlyhospitals.net/ethics). Dr McCarthy also discussed the subject of making good decisions with regard to Palliative and End of Life Care. Ethical considerations regarding communication with patients and families were very much apparent from the discussion that followed.

Other speakers and their respective topics included Dr Susan Delaney (Irish Hospice Foundation) on 'Providing Effective Bereavement Support' and Mr Mervyn Taylor (Hospice Friendly Hospitals (HfH) Programme Manager, Irish Hospice Foundation), 'HfH National Audit of End-of-Life Care in Hospitals in Ireland (2008/9) & Quality Standards for End-of-Life Care in Hospitals' (www.hospicefriendlyhospitals.net).

From a clinical perspective, Dr Michael Cushen (Consultant in Palliative Medicine - Laois/Offaly & Longford/Westmeath) and Ms Frances Neville (Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care, Laois/Offaly) spoke about Patient Assessment and Symptom Control. This was followed up by workshops where delegates worked through clinical scenarios in order to consolidate the knowledge gained from the lectures.

The conference started with Ms Anne Tan, CNM3 Laois-Offaly Palliative Care Team, presenting a very moving narrative which demonstrated where good palliative care can make a difference, and concluded with Ms Christine Moran who spoke about how we as professionals can use Mindfulness to look after ourselves.

Speaking on the day, Dr. Michael Cushen, Consultant in Palliative Medicine - Laois/Offaly & Longford/Westmeath said, "The conference was very successful. It is hoped that this knowledge will provide delegates with the opportunity to return to their respective areas of practice to enhance quality palliative and end of life care for patients and families alike."

In addition, the feedback from the delegates was very positive. Comments from delegates included: "Well done...great event...look forward to next year...thought provoking...practical...very interesting and informative day...workshops very enjoyable...I found the whole content of the conference interesting and relevant"
For further information on the Palliative Care Conference, please contact: Claire O'Dea or Denise Doolan, Midland Regional Hospital at Tullamore on 057 93 2150.

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Last updated on: 19 / 11 / 2010