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Funding to support palliative care research in Ireland

Health Agencies on the island of Ireland have announced a joint cross-border three year investment in palliative care research to grow clinical knowledge and improve patient experience.

The investment of €210,000 / £180,000 has been made to the Palliative Care Research Network (PCRN) which works to plan and co-ordinate the commissioning and learning from palliative care research in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The funding provided by the Health Research Board (RoI) and HSC Research and Development Division, Public Health Agency (NI) will support the recruitment of additional staff to manage research in the sector and to maximise knowledge transfer of findings into policy and practice.

Since its launch in 2012, the PCRN has made significant advancements in terms of clinical innovation, patient / public involvement and the dissemination of research findings to improve policy and practice. The Network has also built an island-wide palliative care research community who work with an overarching strategy and culture of collaboration. (see full press release)

As a result of the funding, the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) is now recruiting two new half-time Project Manager roles, one in research management and the second in knowledge transfer and exchange (Palliative Care Research Network Project Manager and Knowledge Transfer Project Manager). The Institute is also recruiting to fill a Programme Manager position. The post-holder will lead on the Institute’s research work programme and on supporting the continued strategic development of the PCRN. Link to advert for Programme Manager & Project Manager posts.