This document reviews the progress made in the implementation of the recommendations of the Seven Year Strategic Plan for the Development of Specialist Palliative Care Services in the Mid-West Region. The Seven Year Strategic Plan for the Development of Specialist Palliative Care Services in the Mid-West Region (2004-2011) is a progressive and ambitious document. As the Review will indicate, very much progress has been achieved and a platform has been put in place for further development and expansion of services. This progress has been made possible by the long-standing partnership between the HSE (formerly MWHB) and Milford Care Centre. The continuing focus on the strategic approach, evidence-based practices, research initiatives, supported by continuing evaluations and reviews have been the hallmarks of what is a progressive and forward-looking service.
- The Midwest has espoused the partnership approach as an ideal system for service delivery, and it has greatly benefited palliative care service recipients throughout the region.
- Medical, nursing, and therapy standards are continuously under review with a learning and research focus always present. This has ensured the highest standards of care.
- The needs of palliative care patients continue to change and it is important to continuously pursue further development.
- While priority in the past was given to malignant conditions, there is need and scope to develop responses for non-malignant conditions.
- Milford Care Centre has positioned itself as being answerable for the palliative care needs of the region with the patient being seen as centre stage. Linkages into the community are truly pioneering and are valued.
- As a 'high acheiver', Milford is a model for other areas, especially with its emphasis on education and research collaboration, both in Ireland and abroad.
- The Milford Care Center (MCC) palliative care service leads the country in terms of being open and transparent.