Who We Are

Northern Ireland Hospice is a local charity offering specialist respite, symptom management and end of life care ‘palliative’ care to over 3,500 babies, children and adults each year across Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland Hospice (NIH) provides specialist palliative care for patients with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses and supports their families in the in-patient unit or in the community. 

We provide a range of holistic person-centered in-patient and community specialist palliative and rehabilitative services, in an environment of learning and research, enabling individuals with life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses and their families to maximise the quality of their lives. We aim to enhance the quality of life and support those who are suffering from life limiting illnesses, as well as support their families through the illness of their loved one, at the time of death, and, into bereavement.

Our team of specially trained healthcare professionals are made up of nurses, doctors, social workers, chaplains, occupational therapists, creative therapists and physiotherapists, all of whom, work together to support our patients’ physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. Our work also extends to families, enabling us to offer guidance and support to family members as they travel the journey with their loved one.

Many of our patients, particularly in the case of our younger patients, will be supported by Hospice for many years. Children with life limiting conditions will often be supported through respite breaks or with specialist hospice at home services. Many adults too will often avail of our services for an extended period, joining us one day a week at our Day Hospice, while continuing to live at home. Some patients will stay with us for several nights while new medication is started or perhaps to help get over an infection.


From specialist nursing care in the home to care in our Hospices, our mission is to ensure that all those who need our care have access to it, where and when they need it and whatever the patient’s circumstances, age, disease or culture.


NIH is also committed to demonstrating the following Values in all aspects of its work – our approach will be:

Personal: affording due and equitable attention to the individual and diverse needs of each of our patients, family members, carers, volunteers, staff, and supporters.

Passionate: affirming the individual and organisational commitment to the highest standards of care and excellence in all that we do.

Professional: applying appropriate skills and experience, in an ethical and/or responsible manner as each situation demands, to ensure the best possible outcomes for all concerned.

Pioneering: constantly striving for innovative and creative solutions to old and new challenges.