Project ECHO

The ECHO model™ (Extension forCommunity Healthcare Outcomes) 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.

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.

In 2016/2017, having become a Super-Hub, Northern Ireland Hospice were contracted by the Health & Social Care Board to deliver 19 ECHO networks within Northern Ireland for a range of disciplines which included: Palliative Care; COPD; Optometry etc.