All Ireland Institute for Hospice and Palliative Care


Travel Bursaries EAPC 2015

AIIHPC awards travel bursaries to EAPC General Congress

The All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) are pleased to announce eight Travel Bursary Awardees to attend the 14th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC).

The successful Awardees are early career researchers in palliative care and have been awarded €500 each to attend the Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark, Spain from 8th – 10th May 2015. 


Esther Beck

Esther Beck qualified in 2005 from Queens University Belfast with a BSc First Class (Hons) in Nursing Sciences. She worked as a staff nurse in various clinical areas including ICU, Medical Admissions, NI Hospice and Nursing Home Management. In 2007 she completed a Post Grad Dip in Palliative Care from Ulster University/NI Hospice and subsequently completed an MSc (Distinction) in Specialist Nursing Practice in Dementia Care from Ulster University in 2009. She is currently undertaking a PhD in End of Life Care and Dementia at Ulster University. Esther will be presenting on the topic of “Idealistic notion or complex reality?” Using the literature to inform a cross sectional survey to explore Health Care Professional’s perceptions of ACP for people with dementia in the Long Term Care Setting.


Bernadette Brady

Dr Bernadette Brady graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2006. She completed her MRCPI in 2009 and commenced the Palliative Medicine SpR scheme in 2011. During this time she spent nine months working with Hospice Africa Uganda in Kampala & Mbarara, Uganda. In 2012 she completed the MSc in Healthcare Ethics & Law at the RCSI and a Diploma in Tropical Medicine. She is currently completing her SpR scheme in Marymount University Hospital & Hospice. At EAPC in Copenhagen, Bernadette will be presenting on findings from two projects; Timing of Admissions to Specialist Ppalliative Care Units – A Service Evaluation and on Introduction of a new prescription chart to a specialist palliative care unit.

Eilish HopeDr Eilish Hope has been working for nearly 8 years in the Foyle Hospice in Derry. Prior to this she worked in Africa before returning home to commence her training as a General Practitioner. Having worked in General practice for 6 years, during which time I completed the Princess Alice Certificate in Essential Palliative Care, which led me to my decision to study for a Diploma in Palliative Medicine at Cardiff University. At EAPC Eilish will present findings from work on An Audit of Depression Screening in a Hospice Inpatient Unit.


Lynn Keane

Dr Lynn Keane, studied English and Philosophy and completed a Higher Diploma in Education at U.C.D. Lynn began her professional career as a secondary school teacher. She returned to education and completed an M. Litt in Philosophy in Trinity College Dublin in 2003, and a PhD in Philosophy in U.C.D in 2010. Lynn will present some of the findings form her PhD research at EAPC. Her poster presentation entitled The Role of Emotion In The Process of A Good Death articulates an Aristotelian approach to the correct role of emotions, in particular of fear, in the process of death and dying.


Jacinta Kelly

Jacinta Kelly has worked at North West Hospice in Sligo for the past 10 years. She has been a member of the Community Palliative Care Team there for 7 years. Prior to this she has worked in the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Unit at St. Vincent’s University Hospital and St. Luke’s Radiation/Oncology Hospital in Dublin where her growing interest in palliative care developed. She became a member of the IHF ‘Changing Minds Programme’ in 2013. As part of this programme she has just completed a research study titled The Journey of the Patient with Dementia in the Specialist Palliative Care Service. Findings from this study will be presented at EAPC. Jacinta works part-time as a Regional Coordinator in the North West for End of Life Residential Care on the Journey of Change Programme with the Irish Hospice Foundation.


Peter May

Peter May is HRB Economics of Cancer Fellow at the Centre for Health Policy and Management in Trinity College Dublin and a Visiting Researcher with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. He is currently engaged full time on a prospective, observational study of hospital-based palliative care in the United States (the ‘Palliative Care for Cancer’ study; NCI/NINR 5R01CA116227; PI: Diane E. Meier). At the EAPC in Copenhagen he will present the principle findings from this work under the heading ‘Economic evaluation of palliative care consultation teams for patients admitted to hospital with advanced cancer’. The principle contributions of this research are (1) treatment effect is associated with timing; earlier palliative care brings greater benefits, and (2) treatment effect is associated with patient complexity; palliative care for patients with multi-morbidity brings greater benefits.


Lucia PríhodováLucia Príhodová completed her master’s degree in psychology at the University of Trnava, Slovakia. Her qualifying areas were clinical, counselling and educational psychology, and in her master thesis she explored the interactions between coping skills, hope, social support and quality of life in patients with an oncologic disease. After graduating in the year 2006, she worked as a researcher at the Safarik University in Kosice simultaneously started a PhD program at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. In her thesis, she explored the psychosocial and medical determinants of quality of life and long-term outcomes in patients with a chronic disease.

Lucia currently works as a research fellow School of Psychology, University College Dublin on a research project aimed at developing and implementing a system of structured network-wide dissemination and knowledge transfer activities in palliative care, funded by the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care. At the EAPC Congress she will present a poster entitled: Identification of Knowledge Transfer and Exchange Frameworks for Palliative Care: Findings from a Scoping Review.


Deborah PreshawDeborah Preshaw commenced her PhD in October 2013 having completed a BSc in Psychology.

Her PhD research focusses on palliative care provision within the nursing home environment and the ethical issues faced by healthcare workers as a result of this work. This study draws together my own research interests with a key public health issues and aims to delve into an area currently un-researched on the island of Ireland. We are aiming to provide a rich evidence base regarding the ethical issues experienced by formal caregivers within the nursing home environment which may be a useful resource for informing the development of guidelines for better practice. At EAPC Deborah will present a poster on Ethical issues within the nursing home: A Systems Approach



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