Patient & Family Support Team

The Patient & Family Support Team at Hospice provide support, guidance, information & advice to patients and their loved ones, to help ensure that the needs of everyone concerned are considered and supported.

Social Work Team

The social work team offer psycho-social support to patients, family and carers within all areas of Hospice – In-patient Unit, Day Hospice, and Out Patients. The team are trained to recognise the difficulties patients and their families face when someone is seriously ill. Social workers are available to facilitate sensitive conversations around end of life issues with patients and/or family.

Social workers offer information and support during the pre-bereavement stage to parents and carers who want to prepare children for significant loss. The team offer individual work with children and young people using child friendly resources.

In the In-Patient Unit social workers arrange family meetings and discharge planning meetings to prepare and plan for future care. When appropriate the team liaise with social services and other agencies to aim for a safe discharge.

Bereavement support has always been an important element of Hospice care. Support is available to the families and carers of patients who were known to Hospice services. Social workers and trained bereavement volunteers provide individual support and a regular bereavement group is held at Hospice.  


Creative Therapies


Our resident Arts Therapist, Clare, has been the Artscare Artist In Residence at the Northern Ireland Hospice for six years. 

The residency was developed to grow the culture of arts within hospice for patients, carers and staff. The artist in residence works alongside groups and individuals in the Day Hospice and In Patient Unit. The residency gently encourages participants to take part in a range of arts activities including; visual arts, crafts, creative writing, dance and musical performances. The activities can help alleviate, stress, fatigue, encourage social interaction whilst learning news skills or simply trying something new. 

Clare works closely with the hospice fundraising department developing opportunities maximising creative resources and delivery.  In the last three years the hospice has been funded through partnership with Artscare and Arts Council NI's  Arts and Older People Programme. 


The Hospice Chaplaincy


The Hospice Chaplains are part of the multidisciplinary team and are available for spiritual and religious care of anyone including patients, visitors, volunteers and staff. Even if a person does not have a particular faith or religious denomination, they may wish to explore issues such as losses, fear, meaning of life, relationships and any other issues they want to explore. The Chaplain Service can support patients/ families plan religious ceremonies.

The Chaplaincy team have designated Chaplains from the four main denominations namely, Catholic, Presbyterian, Church of Ireland and Methodist and if you want your particular minister or priest contacted.

The chaplains offer a confidential, prayerful and reflective service. There is a Daily Prayer service at 12.00 in our sanctuary (Mon- Fri) and 15.00 on Sundays.