Guidance for professionals


This section has links to a number of resources relevant to the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, UK-wide and internationally. This section will be added to as we are made aware of new resources. 

Republic of Ireland

Northern Ireland





Republic of Ireland

Department of Health – COVID 19

Health Service Executive – COVID 19

COVID-19 HSE Clinical Guidance and Evidence Repository - site provides a repository of clinical guidance and latest research evidence to equip the clinical community in Ireland to respond to Covid-19.

Ethical Framework for decision-making in a pandemic (Department of Health)

Health Protection Surveillance Centre - Guidance for healthcare workers

Palliative Care Guidelines - A tool kit for Covid-19 management (National Palliative Care Clinical Programme):

Additional document for carers and families:

Covid-19 Community Call – Department of Rural and Community Development:

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

Coroners Service

COVID 19 Guidance for staff working in residential care facilities for older people

HSE Guidance for care of the deceased person during the COVID-19 pandemic (Link)

Planning Ahead & Bereavement Resources:

A Guide for the Bereaved during the COVID-19 Pandemic – Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

COVID Care and Inform (Irish Hospice Foundation) - information resources and videos on the themes of Grief, Funerals in Exceptional Times, Planning Ahead and resources for Healthcare Professionals.


Northern Ireland

Department of Health-  COVID 19

Public Health Agency – Covid-19

Public Health Agency – Guidance for healthcare Professionals

Palliative Care in Partnership Information for Health and Social Care Professionals

COVID-19: Symptom Management in Last Days of Life - For use in Secondary and Primary Care Settings (October 2021) RPMG - to be considered in conjunction with Guidance for the Management of Symptoms in Adults in the Last Days of Life (RPMG 2018)

Hope, Hints and "How To" - Helping you respond to living and dying issues during COVID-19

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

COVID-19: Chief Nursing Officer News Updates for Nursing & Midwifery across Northern Ireland

Your Life Your Choices – Advance Care Planning Resources

Other Support

Marie Curie – Information & Support Service including Support Line

Macmillan Cancer Support

Planning Ahead & Bereavement Resources:

COVID-19 bereavement resources – Public Health Agency

Cruse - Coronavirus: dealing with bereavement and grief

COVID Care and Inform (Irish Hospice Foundation) - information resources and videos on the themes of Grief, Funerals in Exceptional Times, Planning Ahead and resources for Healthcare Professionals.



Better End of Life 2021 Report – Dying, death and bereavement during Covid-19 Research Report (April 2021)The report shows how palliative and end of life care in the UK was compromised by shortages of PPE, essential medicines, and equipment, because these services were not seen as 'frontline NHS' in the pandemic.

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 

Association of Paediatric Palliative Medicine (APPM)– Clinical guidelines for children and young people with palliative care needs in all care settings during the coronavirus pandemic

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.

The Royal Society of Medicine COVID-19 learning hub gives healthcare workers on the frontlines regular updates from healthcare leaders on COVID-19

St Christopher's Hospice, UK have produced a set of four videos designed to help people maintain strength and function and also to aid relaxation at home

VERDIS ‘Real Talk’ Project UK have produced 'COVID-19: evidence-based advice about difficult conversations' for people who are likely to be having – and training people who will have – difficult conversations in the care of people with COVID-19



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

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