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Education and Research Team

The Northern Ireland Hospice Education and Research Department has a wide range of clinical, research and professional expertise amongst its members of staff. The team have wide experience in the field of Palliative and End of Life Care. A number of clinical staff also participate in delivering education.

Prof Max Watson , Consultant/Professor in Palliative Care, ECHO Clinical Lead

Max Watson is a visiting professor at the University of Ulster, a Consultant at the Northern Ireland Hospice and an honorary consultant at the Princess Alice Hospice. He chairs the RCGP End of Life Care Committee and is a clinical advisor to the Gold Standards Framework programme in the UK. He has authored many books including the 'Oxford Handbook of Palliative Care' and is series editor of the Oxford specialist end of life handbooks. Max's research interests include cancer related fatigue and cachexia, end of life care for people with dementia, generalist palliative care education, and improving palliative care in resource limited settings. He is the originator of the European Certificate in Essential Palliative Care that has trained over 5,000 Doctors and Nurses worldwide.

Max piloted the use of ECHO in Northern Ireland in 2014 through the hospice and, following Superhub training in New Mexico last year, has led the growth of ECHO networks in the UK and Europe from the Northern Ireland Superhub in Belfast.

Contact:

E: education@nihospice.org
T: 028 9078 1836


Sue Foster , Joint Lecturer in Palliative Care (Ulster University)

Sue Foster is a Lecturer in Palliative Care and Head of Education at Northern Ireland Hospice. She has been in nursing for twenty five years and has gathered experience of palliative care in a variety of settings. The early part of her career was firmly rooted in the clinical setting working as a Hospice Nurse Specialist before her focus switched to education delivery and research.  Her role as a Joint Lecturer in Palliative Care is to promote, plan, develop and facilitate continuous professional development activities and provide multi-disciplinary palliative care education, both internally and externally. Sue co-ordinates the European Certificate in Holistic Dementia Care along with other Study Days and Masterclasses organised by Northern Ireland Hospice. She is also project lead for the development and implementation of  the Northern Hospice e-learning platform ‘Learning Matters’.

Sue holds a joint post and works in a collaborative role with the Ulster University, where she assists in the development of palliative care education. She leads on the Specialist Nursing Practice Palliative Care course at both undergraduate and post graduate levels, also leads on the palliative care modules with in the Post Graduate Diploma and Masters in Palliative Care. She is interested in all aspects of palliative care education and practice development and has a particular interest on the end-of-life care needs of people with dementia.  Her research interests and activities have included the palliative care needs of people with dementia, practice development and a study exploring the needs of patients with Parkinson’s disease and their carers.

 

Contact:

E: susan.foster@nihospice.org
T: 028 9078 1836


Sharon McCloskey , Lecturer in Paediatric Palliative Care

Sharon is the paediatric palliative care lecturer within the team.  She has over 30 years’ experience as a nurse and has worked in a variety of services, predominantly linked to the care and support of children and their families in practice, management and leadership positions. Her specific area of interest and expertise is children’s palliative care.  Working with other colleagues, Sharon’s areas of responsibility include leading on the development and delivery of high quality paediatric palliative care research and education services in collaboration with internal and external partners. Within her research role she is particularly interested in applying participatory action research methods to evaluating and improving services and reviewing how services can better support the psychosocial needs of children and families.  She has recently completed a Doctoral thesis through which she developed an intervention to enhance resilience in parents of children with complex health needs. 

Contact:

E: sharon.mccloskey@nihospice.org
T: 02890781836


Evelyn Whittaker , Lecturer in Palliative Care

Evelyn has worked in a variety of roles within specialist palliative care since 1998. Prior to moving to her current post, she worked in the community as a Hospice Nurse Specialist. Her role as a Lecturer in Palliative Care is to promote, plan, develop and facilitate continuous professional development activities and provide multi-disciplinary palliative care education, both internally and externally. Evelyn co-ordinates the European Certificate in Essential Palliative Care along with the other Study Days and Masterclasses organised by Northern Ireland Hospice.

Evelyn’s main research interest is around nursing home education. She has led on a number of regional projects to deliver palliative care education to nursing homes. She has also written and co-edited Regional GAIN Guidelines for Palliative and End of Life Care for Nursing Homes.

Contact:

E: evelyn.whittaker@nihospice.org


Nuala Connolly , E-Learning Officer

Nuala Connolly is the E-Learning Officer with the department. Her role is to work with subject matter experts within Northern Ireland Hospice to develop online training materials. She has extensive experience in the design, delivery and evaluation of training programmes, and has a particular interest in creating engaging e-learning content.

Contact:

E: nuala.connolly@nihospice.org
T: 028 90781836


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Tracey McTernaghan , Education Administrator/Conference Manager

Tracey McTernaghan is the ECHO  (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) Business Development Co-ordinator and has worked for over 16 years with Northern Ireland Hospice.
She is the main contact for queries relating to attending any of the ECHO networks or to find out how to set up an ECHO Hub.

Contact:

E: tracey.mcternaghan@nihospice.org
T: 028 9078 1836


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Claire Armstrong , Education Administrative Assistant

Claire Armstrong is Education Administrative Assistant. Her main role is to provide administration for study days, courses and masterclasses and secretarial support to the department.

Contact:

E: claire.armstrong@nihospice.org
T: 028 9078 1836


Eamonn Haughey , ECHO IT Technician

Eamonn provides the IT support for the Echo Networks, and will usually be seen sitting in the corner of the hub with 2 screens in front of him. His job is basically to make IT invisible.. life is hard enough without the need for technical difficulties, so he will take care of that and make your Echo experience a smooth and pleasant one.

Contact:

E: eamonn.haughey@nihospice.org
T: 028 90781836


Elaine Kane , ECHO Network Support Administrator

Elaine works with the ECHO team, providing administrative support for a number of networks, including Dermatology, Pain in Palliative Care, and Cardiology.

Contact:

E: elaine.kane@nihospice.org
T: 02890781836


Caoimhe Muldoon , ECHO Network Support Administrator

Caoimhe works within the ECHO team, providing administrative support for a number of networks, including Paediatrics, Practice Based Pharmacists and Prison Healthcare.

Contact:

E: caoimhe.muldoon@nihospice.org
T: 028 9078 1836 Ext. 4