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2014 Press Releases

UCC joins all-Ireland Palliative Care Institute

2 May 2014
UCC has been announced as new partner of the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care. At the announcement were (L-R) Dr. Marie Murphy, Marymount; Jerry Buttimer TD; Minister Simon Coveney; Paddie Blaney, AIIHPC and Dr. Michael Murphy, President of UCC.

UCC has become a new partner of the All Ireland Institute of Hospice Palliative Care (AIIHPC).

The new membership is part of a significant expansion of AIIHPC’s partner organisations, increasing from 12 to 17. Its partners now include all universities and major hospice providers and on the island of Ireland.

Other new partners include Marymount University Hospital and Hospice in Cork, Dublin City University, National University of Ireland Galway and National University of Ireland Maynooth.

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.

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.

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.”

The launch was also attended by the Chair of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children, Jerry Buttimer and MEP, Phil Prendergast.

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.

The significant bulk of AIIHPC’s funding comes from The Atlantic Philanthropies, with additional funding from Health Research Board, Irish Cancer Society, Irish Hospice Foundation and the Public Health Agency. Consortium members also contribute funding.

AIIHPC is the first organisation of its kind in Ireland.

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