The Specialist Palliative Care Communities of Practice (CoP) serve as a vibrant and dedicated platform for a number of specialist disciplines working within the realm of palliative care across the island. These communities bring together skilled professionals who share a commitment to enhancing the quality of life for patients facing life-limiting conditions.

AIIHPC’s Communities of Practice Meetings enable SPC practitioners to collaborate and share innovative approaches, treatment techniques, and research findings in a supportive and engaging environment. By participating in regular meetings, members have the opportunity to present their work, discuss clinical challenges, and exchange practical solutions. These interactions are geared towards fostering professional growth and advancing the standards of palliative care across all relevant settings.

Whether members are looking to stay abreast of the latest developments in the field, seek guidance on complex cases, or aim to contribute to the evolution of palliative care practices, these communities are a gateway to becoming part of a collective that values knowledge sharing and continuous improvement.

The Institute facilitates the development of Communities of Practice for relevant Specialist Palliative Care (SPC) practitioners. The Community of Practice model provides an interactive opportunity for SPC practitioners in 8 areas:

SPC Chaplaincy & Pastoral Care
SPC Dieticians
SPC Infection Control Managers
SPC Nursing (NI)
SPC Occuptaional Therapy
SPC Physiotherapy
SPC Social Workers
SPC Speech & Language Therapy

Signing up for the Communities of Practice is easy, just click on the links above, where you will be brought to a webpage dedicated to that community and you will be able to click into the digital sign up form The form is very brief, as it will just ask you for the basic information we require to add you to the community.

These communities regularly come together on an all-Island basis to present and discuss good practice and challenges their disciplines face. They operate under an agreed Terms of Reference and are chaired by members of the group.If you have any queries on the Communities of Practice, please contact Martin McGinn, Programme Manager – Education and Practice via email: or phone +353 877574059.