AIIHPC Palliative Hub

AIIHPC recently launched The Palliative Hub (, an online gateway to information and resources about palliative care which includes:

  • Palliative Hub – Children and Young People – website for parents and families of children and young people with life limiting conditions
  • Palliative Hub – Adult – website for people with life limiting conditions, their carers and family members
  • Palliative Hub – Learning Platform – an online learning environment including a number of free to access online learning programmes for professionals and the public
  • Palliative Hub – Professional – website providing resources for health and social care professionals, researchers and educators.



Think Ahead: every life is a journey

The Irish Hospice Foundation encourages you to  Think Ahead

The purpose of Think Ahead is to help members of the public talk about and record their preferences in the event of emergency, serious illness or death.

The Think Ahead form aims to guide you in thinking about, discussing, and recording your preferences regarding all aspects of end of life. It encourages you to ensure that those closest to you are aware of these preferences so that, should a time come when you are unable to express them yourself, your wishes will be clear to those caring for you or managing your affairs.

HIQA Guidance Infection Control

During 2017, HIQA revised the monitoring programme against National Standards for the prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections and published the following guidance document: Guide to the monitoring programme undertaken against the National Standards for the prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections. Click HERE

Table of Contents

1. Overview  2. Background  3. Purpose of the National Standards

4. Scope of the National Standards 5. Themes in the National Standards

6. Structure of the National Standards  7. Monitoring compliance with the National Standards

8. Key terms used in the National Standards  9. How the National Standards were developed

Summary of the National Standards for the prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections in acute healthcare services

Theme 1. Person-centred Care and Support Theme 2. Effective Care and Support

Theme 3. Safe Care and Support Theme 4. Better Health and Wellbeing

Theme 5. Leadership, Governance and Management Theme 6. Workforce

Theme 7. Use of Resources Theme 8. Use of Information


HIQA Guidance for the assessment of designated centres for older people

This guidance should be used in conjunction with the revised assessment judgment framework, which is one of the tools HIQA uses to assess compliance with the regulations and standards. Inspectors will use this guidance alongside the assessment judgment framework. The purpose of the guidance is to provide additional supporting information to inspectors on assessing compliance and offer guidance on reviewing each regulation and standard. Full-text available HERE

Therefore, the guidance gives greater detail on how to assess and what to review during fieldwork planning, gathering of relevant information and evidence onsite and the making of judgments about compliance.

General Data Protection Legislation: Preparing for 2018

The Data Protection Commissioner has issued a booklet on General Data Protection Regulation which will come into force on 25th May 2018. The DPC has produced guidance and compiled a checklist to assist organisation with the move towards full compliance.  Full-text available HERE