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Supporting palliative care research in Ireland


Public Health Agency

Type: News
Region: Republic of Ireland
Northern Ireland

All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) in conjunction with the Public Health Agency's Health and Social Care Research and Development Division (PHA HSC R&D) is pleased to announce two research fellowships that will focus on improving end-of-life care.  AIIHPC is made up of 12 organisations from throughout the island of Ireland and works to improve how patients and their families experience support and care from palliative and end-of-life services. AIIHPC is supporting research by awarding these fellowships and promoting a more coordinated, partnership approach to research by setting up a Structured Research Network for palliative care.Cathy Payne, Research Fellow in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Ulster was awarded the first Doctoral Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Care. Cathy is undertaking research on a rehabilitation programme for people with poor appetite and weight loss as a result of lung cancer. The programme aims to help reduce symptoms and improve people's quality of life.Helen Sinclair, Teaching Fellow at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast, has been awarded the second Doctoral Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Care. Helen's research will focus on the transition of young people with life-limiting conditions - in Dublin and Belfast - to adult services. Improved care and treatment now enable more young people with such conditions to live beyond their childhood. As a result they need to move to adult care services - a prospect that can be daunting for them and their families. Currently, there is little evidence on services during that time of change and Helen's research will identify factors to help make the transition a success.The awards will enable both Cathy and Helen to undertake research training programmes leading to a PhD as a means of developing a research career in palliative care. Commenting on Helen's award, Dr Sonja McIlfatrick, Head of Research, AIIHPC said: "We are delighted to partner with PHA HSC R&D again to award our second Doctoral Fellowship in palliative care. Helen's research is not only all-island in its scope, but seeks to look at a very important issue for children with life-limiting conditions and their families. We wish Helen well with her research and look forward to the positive outcomes."Professor Bernie Hannigan, Director of HSC R&D said: "Developing our capacity to carry out high quality research in palliative care is one of the most important roles for this superb Institute. How else can we really know how to care most effectively for people who may be nearing the ends of their lives? I have full confidence that our Doctoral Fellowship awards will contribute to the Institute's legacy of excellence."For more information on the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care see





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Public Health Agency. (2012) Supporting palliative care research in Ireland [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 23rd August 2019].


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