Our Story

Northern Ireland Hospice provides specialist palliative care for patients with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses and supports their families in the Inpatient Unit or in the community.

We provide a range of holistic person-centred inpatient 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 well-being. 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.

  • Vision

    It is our vision that infants, children and adults with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses and their families receive palliative care of the highest standards, thereby maximizing their quality of life.

  • Mission

    Our mission is to inspire and deliver excellent and compassionate specialist palliative care via effective service models underpinned by exemplary education, innovation and research.  

  • Values

    Northern Ireland Hospice 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.

In the video below, Heather Weir, Chief Executive at Northern Ireland Hospice, gives an overview of hospice care services.