Guidance for professionals

The information on this page provides useful resources and links to web pages that may be of assistance to health and social care professionals during the COVID-19 outbreak 

The following pages may also be of assistance: 
Project ECHO AIIHPC: Webinars for Nursing Homes

Project ECHO AIIHPC: Webinars for Intellectual Disability Services

Induction Materials–suggested materials to support those who are new to palliative care 

Project ECHO AIIHPC: Nursing Homes webinar series

Republic of Ireland

Department of Health – COVID 19

Health Service Executive – COVID 19

Health Protection Surveillance Centre - Guidance for healthcare workers

Anticipatory Prescribing in the Last Hours or Days of Life One-pager - HSE

COVID 19 and Nursing Home Guidance:
Preliminary Clinical and Infection Control Guidance for COVID-19 in Nurse-led Residential Care Facilities (RCF) - HSE

Coroners Service:

VitalTalk - COVID-Ready Communication Skills

Bereavement Resources:

Irish Hospice Foundation - grieving in exceptional times - The IHF is developing a suite of materials to inform, support and reassure people as they navigate these uncertain times and find new ways of dealing with death, dying and bereavement.

Northern Ireland

Department of Health-  COVID 19

Public Health Agency – Covid-19

Public Health Agency – Guidance for healthcare Professionals

Guidance for the Management of Symptoms in Adults in the Last Days of Life (RPMG 2018)

Northern Ireland guidelines on converting doses of opioid analgesics for adult use (HSC 2018)

Community Pharmacy Palliative Care Network – Information for Healthcare professional (HSC 2020) (including details of the Palliative Medicines Stock List)

Your Life Your Choices – Advance Care Planning Resources

NHS England - Clinical guide for the management of palliative care in hospital during the coronavirus pandemic Keeping the care in healthcare

Other Support

Marie Curie – Information & Support Service including Support Line

Macmillan Cancer Support

Bereavement Resources:

Irish Hospice Foundation - grieving in exceptional times

Cruse - Coronavirus: dealing with bereavement and grief


Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland - Guidance document "COVID-19 and Palliative, End of Life and Bereavement Care in Secondary Care Role of the specialty and guidance to aid care" (22 March 2020). An editable word version is also available from their site 

National Institute for Health an Care Excellent NICE, UK - rapid guideline: critical care in adults including 1-page critical care admission algorithm 

Effective Communication for Healthcare - COVID-19: Effective communication for professionals including A4 Guide

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, members from cohort 12 of the Scottish Quality Safety Fellowship, with Hazel White from Open Change, have created visuals on 3 key topics which they hope are of benefit to others. These resources are available below as PowerPoints and PDF Posters – view here

  • Stress, Coping and Resilience 
  • Difficult Conversations - Why we need to talk about dying
  • Care Homes and Coronavirus.


European Association for Palliative Care - Coronavirus and the palliative care response

International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care - Resources relevant to Palliative Care and COVID-19

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