National Clinical Programme for Palliative Care

The programme was established in 2010 and aims to ensure that persons with life-limiting conditions and their families can easily access a level of palliative care service that is appropriate to their needs.

Clinical Guidelines

Clinical guidelines for adults on Pharmacological Management of Cancer Pain and Management of Constipation in Palliative Care have been published by the National Clinical Effectiveness Committee (NCEC).

Glossary of Terms

The aim of the for Palliative Care Glossary of Terms is to address confusion associated with use of palliative care terminology and the meanings attached to certain words.

Palliative Care Competence Framework

The development of the Palliative Care Competence Framework highlights the ability of the National Clinical Programmes to bring key stakeholders and professions together to work collaboratively.

Role Delineation Framework for Adult Palliative Care Services

The aim of this framework is to provide a consistent language and set of descriptors that healthcare providers and planners can use when describing palliative care services and use as a tool when planning service development.

Palliative Care Needs Assessment Guidance

This document aims to provide guidance to health and social care professionals providing or co-ordinating the current and future care of people with life-limiting conditions.

Rapid Discharge Guidance

The aim of this guidance document and supporting tools is to facilitate the rapid discharge of persons from hospital who wish to die at home.

Palliative Care Support Beds Survey

The Report of the First National Palliative Care Support Beds Survey and Executive Summary are available here

Nurse Prescribing

A review of nurse prescribing is being undertaken by the programme to assess the current level of prescribing by Registered Nurse Prescribers (RNP) in specialist palliative care (SPC) services.

Palliative care for children with life limiting conditions in Ireland - A National Policy

This national palliative care policy for children aims to provide a foundation upon which service development can take place.

Children’s palliative care: from policy to practice 2010–2015

This document highlights the achievements, challenges and future plans for the development of children’s palliative care services in Ireland.

Respite services for children with life-limiting conditions and their families in Ireland; a national needs assessment

The intention of this new report is to provide a national overview of the current provision of and future need for respite care for children with life-limiting conditions

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