AIIHPC was established in October 2010, following a successful bid by the 12 Consortium members to secure funding. The Institute works to improve policy and practice, education and research relating to hospice and palliative care in both the Republic and Northern Ireland. The Institute is particularly committed to the engagement of users, carers and communities.
Following this expansion its partners now include all Universities and major hospice providers and on the Island of Ireland.
The new partners are Dublin City University, Marymount University Hospital and Hospice Cork, National University of Ireland Galway, National University of Ireland Maynooth and University College Cork.
The expanded make up of AIIHPC was officially launched by the Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food Simon Coveney TD at Marymount University Hospital and Hospice in Cork earlier this month.
Minister Coveney said: “It is a pleasure to formally recognise the enlarged consortium of partners working together to ultimately benefit patients and their families. The Institute is playing a key role – informing improvement, engaging with communities, facilitating change and leading developments.”
AIIHPC Deputy Chairperson and CEO Our Lady’s Hospice and Services in Harold Cross, Mo Flynn, said the expansion showed strong and growing support for the Institute.
“The five additional members will further increase AIIHPC’s capacity to benefit patients who receive palliative and end of life care and their families. Working together, and across Ireland, the Institute is achieving real impact and helping to drive change,” she said.
The 12 original Consortium members are: Dublin Academic Medical Centre; Milford Care Centre, Castletroy, Limerick; Marie Curie Centre, Belfast; Northern Ireland Hospice, Belfast; Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Dublin; Queens University Belfast; St. Francis Hospice, Raheny, Dublin; St. James’s Hospital, Dublin; Trinity College Dublin; University College Dublin; University of Limerick and the University of Ulster.