Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a pioneering tele mentoring programme which was developed in the School of Medicine at the University of New Mexico (UNM).

The Project ECHO AIIHPC is designed to support primary care staff to improve their knowledge and skills in the care and management of patients with a wide range of palliative healthcare needs. Each ECHO lasts one hour and thirty minutes, accessed using teleconferencing software. Through fortnightly teaching sessions and case presentations, staff have the opportunity to discuss patient scenarios which they have found challenging and determine the best course of future treatment. The network fosters a spirit of learning from each other in a safe environment.

AIIHPC has been a Project ECHO Partner since 2017.  Our experience includes the phased establishment of Project ECHO Networks and Programmes for nursing homes, disability services, children with complex care needs, and mental health services.  We have also completed ECHO programmes for communities of practice such as occupational therapists and physiotherapists. All four phases of Project ECHO AIIHPC (three with nursing homes and one with primary care occupational therapists and physiotherapist) have been funded by the Health Services Executive.

Under the umbrella of the new Caru programme for nursing homes, AIIHPC is establishing a Project ECHO Nursing Home Knowledge network in each of the HSE CHO areas. Please follow this link for further information.

Launched in 2022, Caru is a continuous learning programme developed by the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) and the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) in collaboration with the HSE. This free quality improvement programme is available to all nursing home staff across Ireland.  The aim of Caru is to support and improve the delivery of compassionate, person-centred, palliative, end of life and bereavement care to residents and family members in nursing homes.