The Institute is currently developing its 2016-2020 Work Programme to support and strengthen the sector and the experiences of patients, families and communities.
At the consultation day the Institute brought together leading health and social care managers, clinicians, academics, patient voices and senior administrators from Ireland and Northern Ireland to workshop their views.
AIIHPC Chair Professor Phil Larkin said the sector is highly engaged and keen to help shape the future agenda of its Institute.
“The Institute belongs to the healthcare sector and what it can achieve working collaboratively to improve the palliative care experience of people throughout the Island. We can see common themes arising from the feedback and our key partners feedback is highly worthwhile.”
AIIHPC Director Paddie Blaney said: “AIIHPC will use the information gathered, along with feedback from a series of one-to-one meetings currently underway to finalise the Institute’s next workplan which will be published later this year.”
“The plan will focus on taking forward the most valuable parts of our work in research, education, policy and practice and public awareness – and add new elements to cater for the emerging palliative care needs of our population.
AIIHPC was established in October 2010, following a successful bid by the then 12 Consortium members to secure funding. In 2014 the Institute’s membership expanded to seventeen with five new partners. Following the expansion its partners now include all Universities and major hospice providers on the Island of Ireland.
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.