All Ireland Institute for Hospice and Palliative Care


PCRN Symposium 2014

Palliative Care Research Network Annual Symposium

On 13th and 14th October 2014, AIIHPC held its 3rd annual research symposium for the All Ireland Palliative Care Research Network (P.C.R.N.) in the Clarion Hotel, Liffey Valley, Dublin.

The purpose of the event was to provide an update on existing work projects within the Social Justice and the Measurement and Evaluation strands, to provide an opportunity to facilitate networking opportunities and develop collaborative links as well asconsidering future work and opportunities for the PCRN.

The event was attended by Principal Investigators, Post-doctoral Fellows and PhD Scholars currently involved in the 7 work packages funded by AIIHPC, as well as AIIHPC’s newest consortium members and invited speakers.

Updates were provided on the Institute and research activities, presentations on palliative care policy both North and South were delivered, the integration of social justice in palliative care was discussed and a representative from Voices 4 care gave an overview of user involvement in research. The Director of the All Ireland Hub for Trials Methodology Research gave an update on their activities and facilitated an interactive session on “what makes for a good randomized trial” and the organisers facilitated a novel “speed networking” session which gave delegates a fun and innovative way to mingle with researchers on the island of Ireland and to discuss research interested and future collaborations. The two-day event finished with a presentation from Professor Sheila Payne on ensuring future sustainability followed by break out discussion on the outputs required to ensure sustainability of the PCRN in the future.

The event was facilitated by Professor Sonja McIlfatrick, Head of Research AIIHPC. Over 40 researchers attended the symposium. The symposium was seen not only as an opportunity to showcase the current research activity within the Network.


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