International Conference on
Palliative Dementia Care, Belfast
8th – 10th May 2019
Northern Ireland Hospice has led the way in bridging the gap between palliative medicine and dementia care. This journey began in 2014 when Atlantic Philanthropies, recognising the worrying statistics projected for the next few decades, tasked NI Hospice with ‘future proofing’ society for people with dementia.
Northern Ireland Hospice approached this in three ways, initially considering what services could be provided to benefit people with dementia in an effective and positive manner at Hospice. Secondly, the organisation developed a programme of training and development to improve the abilities of everyone working in the care setting at Hospice to be able to care for a person with dementia. Finally, Northern Ireland Hospice considered their physical Hospice environment to understand how it could be rebuilt to improve the experiences of someone who perceives sound, space, light, colour, and shapes in a complicated way. In 2016, the first Dementia Friendly Hospice in the United Kingdom became operational providing high quality, person-centred, dementia friendly, holistic palliative care.
Teams of specially trained healthcare professionals including nurses, doctors, social workers, chaplains, occupational therapists, creative therapists and physiotherapists now work in a multi-disciplinary model, supporting the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of local people and their families as they travel the journey with their loved ones.
To further support this development and as part of the organisation’s drive to broaden its reach and share knowledge globally, a newly formed Palliative Care Learning Academy launched in September 2018. Offering an impressive selection of face to face and online learning opportunities, the PCLA aims to reach clinical and non-clinical professionals, across an array of disciplines and sectors, who are focused on delivering care to those facing end of life and those facing bereavement. A core delivery at the Academy is the Certificate in Holistic Dementia Care, a ten week distance learning course which has already reached international audiences in Asia and North America.
Collaboration and shared learning is at the core of the future of Northern Ireland Hospice, underpinned by the determination to sustainability deliver quality, personalised care to all who need it.
Our vision is that infants, children and adults with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses and their families, receive palliative care of the highest standards, there by maximising their quality of life.
Is to inspire and deliver excellent and compassionate specialist palliative care via effective service models underpinned by exemplary education, innovation and research.
We believe in a culture of respect and acceptance without distinction or judgement, where everyone can belong.
We will act with courage, compassion and integrity to add value to all that we do.
We will be pioneering, professional and accountable to deliver our very best.
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