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.

HSE Palliative Care Services Three Year Development Framework (2017 – 2019)

This framework offers practical, strategic approach for developing palliative care services in Ireland.

Report of the National Advisory Committee on Palliative Care 2001

It is anticipated that the need for palliative care services will increase in coming years. Population projections indicate that between 1996 and 2031 the population aged 65 years and over is expected to more than double.

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.

National Summary of Patient Activity Data for Adult Specialist Palliative Care Services in the Republic Of Ireland, 2012-2015

The ‘Minimum Data Set’ (MDS) is a national survey of demographic and patient activity data for specialist palliative care services in the Republic of Ireland.

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

Guideline for the Care and Management of a Central Venous Access Device for a Child in the Community

The page contains an HSE Guideline for the care and management of a Central Venous Access Device (CVAD) in a child in the community and details of an available eLearning module that is now live on HSEland

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