Cross Cutting Themes
The key benefit of AIIHPC is in bringing four inter-linked, cross-cutting themes (see below) into a single entity with the view to establish a cohesive and collaborative programme of Education, Research and Policy for Practice, allowing the activities and outcomes of each to add value to the others, through their focus on:
Description of Cross-Cutting Themes
The cross-cutting themes have been developed based on consultation, review of literature, and the Consortium view on the value of linking education, research, and policy for practice.
Meaningful involvement of users, carers and communities in the development and delivery of palliative care education, research, policy and practice
Our goal is to implement structures and methodologies through which users, carers and communities will be meaningfully, appropriately and consistently engaged in the design and evaluation of palliative care services, research, education and training programmes. The active engagement of users, carers and communities will help AIIHPC to understand and address the true issues impacting on the service user.
Development of a coherent and collaborative palliative care community
Building on the excellent work already carried out across the palliative care sector, AIIHPC brings together different parties in a strategic, co-ordinated manner to achieve greater impact, value for money and lasting improvements to palliative care service delivery. Such collaboration will require the use of clear and unambiguous language about the issues which frame contemporary understanding of hospice and palliative care,that is death, dying and loss.
Supporting the delivery of innovative, high quality palliative care education and research
Education and Research are integral to the development of hospice and palliative care and need to be embedded in practice. Consolidation and innovation are needed to ensure the most appropriate and consistently high quality learning opportunities are available across the sector. Similarly, developing greater coherence across the focussed areas of research will enable all Irish networks to consistently contribute to the international palliative care research agenda.
Translation of knowledge and learning for the development of palliative care policy and practice nationally and internationally
AIIHPC aims to close the gap between evidence and practice by working in partnership with users, health professionals, researchers, organisations, policymakers and international collaborators. Addressing translation specifically in relation to the three work packages: education, research and policy and practice, will have a powerful impact helping to drive positive policy change and support practice development.
Each of the four cross cutting themes deliver aspects of education, research and policy/practice relevant to that particular area. Work packages demonstrate components of all three through a programme of collaborative integrated and multidisciplinary working.