Foyle Hospice's Education Department is dedicated to the delivery of an education and training programme, which supports and develops all those caring for patients and their families, clinically and non-clinically, within a palliative and end of life care setting.

Our education department delivers training programmes that share their specialist knowledge in Palliative Care, symptom management, patient and family support, communication skills, ethical skills and staff and volunteer support.

Educational Resources for Health Professionals

The following are PowerPoint presentations on various aspects of palliative care

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The European Certificate in Holistic Dementia Care: Palliative Care From Diagnosis to Bereavement

Foyle Hospice is pleased to announce that it will be one of the collaborating venues to deliver this new course developed by Northern Ireland Hospice. The European Certificate in Holistic Dementia Care is an 8-week distance learning programme commencing on Monday 27 April 2015. The programme is aimed specifically at helping doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals effectively treat patients with dementia and support those who matter to them. The certificate course focuses on the needs and challenges of providing palliative and end-of-life care to people with dementia. It addresses issues such as holistic symptom management, clinical challenges, ethical dilemmas, communication issues and managing distressing behaviour. The overall aim of the course is to improve the quality of care delivered to people with dementia and their families.

Further information and registration details can be found on the Northern Ireland Hospice website:

FOYLE HOSPICE CONFERENCE in collaboration with the WHSCT
'Co-Production in Palliative Care'

Michelle O’Neill, MLA, Minister of Health, recently delivered her report. ‘Health and Wellbeing 2016: Delivering Together’ (2016) in conjunction with a report by the internationally recognised expert, Professor Rafael Bengoa, ‘Systems, Not Structures; Changing Health & Social Care’ (2016). Both reports highlight the need for change in our Health and Social Care system in N. Ireland as present cost implications will not be sustainable - £4.6 billion per annum (46% of total N.I Executive Budget) – predicted to double to more than £9 million by 2026/27.

Foyle Hospice, in collaboration with the WHSCT realise that palliative and end of life care is also changing and expanding. We need to explore new and more collaborative models of care designed to meet the needs and challenges faced by communities with growing numbers of patients, carers and families requiring palliative and supportive care.

The half day conference held on 25th January 2017, explored three models of care, developed with the Integrated Care Partnership, being delivered to patients, carers and health professionals in the Western area. The speakers explored how we might best develop and expand these models to meet the combined challenges of geography, demographics and resources in the Western area.

Thank you to everyone who came along to support this conference. Please see below Powerpoint presentations from speakers.