Project ECHO Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland Hospice adopted the ECHO model™ in 2014 as a way to increase the confidence and skill of its Community Nurse Specialists in caring for patients with complex conditions within Palliative Care.
Since then, working in partnership with the Health & Social Care Board, further networks have been established in a wide range of healthcare disciplines. In the current financial year, funding has been secured for 21 networks within Northern Ireland.
The ECHO model™ uses video-conferencing technology to connect clinical experts (the hub) with primary care clinicians (spokes), and aims to build knowledge via teaching sessions, case presentations and discussion.
In this way, primary care doctors, nurses, and other clinicians learn to provide excellent specialty care to patients in their own communities.
ECHO Northern Ireland Superhub
Since its launch in 2003, Project ECHO has expanded—across diseases and specialties, and even across the globe. Until recently, training of “hubs” was only carried out at the ECHO Institute in New Mexico. Northern Ireland Hospice was recently approved as an ECHO superhub. A superhub is an organisation that can train and support hubs in the ECHO model by providing Immersion training.
This means that companies based in Europe wishing to adopt the ECHO model™ can now attend training programmes in Northern Ireland rather than travelling to Albuquerque, New Mexico.