January Newsletter

The last few months have been very busy for the ECHO Northern Ireland team, setting up a number of new networks and providing Immersion training sessions. Read all about these, and future developments, in our latest newsletter available here.  

AIIHPC attend Immersion Training

Last week, we provided our first Immersion training session of 2017 for representatives from All Ireland Institute for Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC)  and Our Lady’s Hospice. AIIHPC are intending to serve as a hub for a Palliative Care ECHO network for Nursing Homes in the Greater Dublin area. The project team attended the three-day training course: Cathy […]

ECHO Act passed in United States

Congratulations to Project ECHO, the ECHO Act is officially U.S. law! President Obama signed the measure after it had been previously approved unanimously in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Proposed by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) in the Senate and Representatives Michael Burgess (R-Texas) and Doris Matsui (D-California) in the House, […]

Prof Max Watson speaks at Hospice UK conference

At the recent Hospice UK 2016 annual conference, Prof Max Watson, ECHO Lead, outlined the exciting innovation of Project ECHO. Project ECHO (Extension of Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a knowledge-sharing network that uses video conferencing to enable healthcare practitioners to share their knowledge and facilitate high quality care standards in the most remote and hard […]

Immersion Training for St Luke’s Hospice, Sheffield

St Luke’s Hospice recently attended Immersion Training in Northern Ireland Hospice to begin the process of setting up their own ECHO networks. The training was attended by Judith Park (Deputy CEO), Dr Sam Kyeremeteng (Medical Director), Sally Samavat (MDT Co-ordinator) and Mark Gillott (ICT Co-ordinator). During the intensive 3 day course, they had the opportunity […]

ECHO NI Evaluation Report

From October 2015 to March 2016, HSC funded a pilot of five ECHO networks – Diabetes, Optometry, Nursing Homes, Dermatology for GP trainees, and one for supporting carers of palliative care patients. An evaluation of the pilot has been carried out, and the evaluation report is now available by clicking on the link below. ECHO NI […]

Expressions of interest sought for further ECHO sessions

Project ECHO NI is inviting expressions of interest for 2016-17 knowledge networks. Please see the following attachments for further  information and the application form (Closing date: 15th April 2016). PROJECT ECHO NI 2016-17 Expression of interest Introduction to ECHO Project ECHO NI Application 16-17   The video below details further information about the ECHO project, […]

Highland Hospice attend ECHO Replication training

Last week we were pleased to host our first ECHO replication training session. Dr Jeremy Keen (Consultant in Palliative Medicine), Claire Watson (Staff Nurse) and Sharan Brown (Quality Improvement Officer) from Highland Hospice attended the 3 day training, and are keen to replicate the ECHO model in the Scottish Highlands. Max Watson from Northern Ireland Hospice facilitated […]