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Weekend births 'pose higher death risk' Posted on Wednesday November 25, 2015

Babies born in hospitals in England at the weekends have a "significantly" greater chance of dying than those born on weekdays, researchers say.

GPs urged to report unfit drivers Posted on Wednesday November 25, 2015

Family doctors must tell the DVLA about any patients who continue to drive when they are medically unfit to do so, says the General Medical Council.

Experts call for caution over Ritalin Posted on Wednesday November 25, 2015

Stimulant drugs like Ritalin should be used judiciously in hyperactive children because they can have unpleasant side effects, say experts.

MSPs urge 'right' to end-of-life care Posted on Wednesday November 25, 2015

People should have a right to palliative care according to the findings of the Scottish Parliament committee.

Wine drinkers urged to drop glass size Posted on Wednesday November 25, 2015

A new scheme to help wine drinkers cut down on their alcohol consumption is being introduced in East Dunbartonshire.

NHS to get above-inflation cash boost Posted on Tuesday November 24, 2015

Front-line NHS services in England will get a £3.8bn, above-inflation cash injection next year, amid mounting fears about the pressures they face.

Mutant mosquitoes 'resist malaria' Posted on Tuesday November 24, 2015

Scientists say they have bred a genetically modified mosquito that can resist malaria infection.

3D printing aids life-saving surgery Posted on Tuesday November 24, 2015

A 3D-printed model of the blood vessels inside a woman's brain has helped surgeons practise life-saving surgery.

'Thousands' in England malnourished Posted on Monday November 23, 2015

Hospitals in England are seeing thousands of patients suffering from the symptoms of malnutrition.

NHS agency staff costs cap brought in Posted on Monday November 23, 2015

A cap on how much NHS trusts can spend on agency staff comes into force in England on Monday, in a bid to save £1bn over the next three years.

Ebola global response was 'too slow' Posted on Monday November 23, 2015

A slow international response and a failure of leadership were to blame for the West African Ebola epidemic, says a panel of global health experts.

UK sets up £1bn fund to fight malaria Posted on Sunday November 22, 2015

The UK government is to create a new £1bn fund aimed at eradicating malaria and other infectious diseases.

Worm 'gets women pregnant' Posted on Friday November 20, 2015

Infection with a species of parasitic worm increases the fertility of women, say scientists.

Bilingual skills 'boost stroke recovery' Posted on Friday November 20, 2015

Stroke patients are more likely to regain their cognitive functions if they speak more than one language, new research finds.

NHS should welcome 'citizen whistleblowers' Posted on Friday December 05, 2014

Why the NHS should listen to people who see something amiss

Items of interest to PCPN members

1. Guidance on the use of pregabalin in the light of a generic version availability

Please click here to view letter from NHS England

2. Upcoming CD legislative amendments notification

Please click here to view CD legislative amendments

 3.  NICE Controlled Drugs: Safe use and Management draft guidelines consultation notification

Please click here to view NICE Draft CD guidelines consultation

 4.  Pharmacists can Improve Palliative Care - ACCP 2015 Global Conference

Please click here to see twitter link

 5.  Mandatory Requisition form for Schedule 2 & 3 CDs in Community from 30th Nov 2015

Please click here to view link to mandatory requisition on Business Services Authority website

 6.  RPS consultation on Specials 

Please click here to view RPS consultation on specials

Daily News Roundup - 24 November 2015 Posted on Tuesday November 24, 2015

In the news today: Hospice UK's Jonathan Ellis reflects on the value of creativity and the arts in hospice care, the Sun on Sunday launches its Santa Hospice Appeal, and St Margaret's Hospice launches a new website and calls on the public to help them improve its services.

St Richard’s Hospice installs solar panels to free up money for patient care Posted on Tuesday November 24, 2015

St Richard’s Hospice is installing solar panels on the roof of its inpatient unit, taking advantage of a government scheme to install renewable energy.

Hospice-led dementia training initiative wins national award Posted on Tuesday November 24, 2015

Siobhan Horton, St Luke's (Cheshire) Hospice director of strategy and engagement and innovation lead for the End of Life Partnership, was presented with the Best Dementia Training Initiative award at the 6th National Dementia Care Awards earlier this month.

Reflecting on the arts and hospice care at Hospice UK’s annual conference Posted on Tuesday November 24, 2015

At Hospice UK's conference earlier this month Nigel Hartley, CEO at Earl Mountbatten Hospice, spoke about the importance of creativity in hospice care – for patients, staff and leaders. Here Antonia Bunnin, director of hospice support and development at Hospice UK, reflects on Nigel's session.

Getting end of life care right for people living with dementia Posted on Tuesday November 24, 2015

Marie Curie is hosting a seminar in Edinburgh today entitled 'Breaking the barriers to care: dementia at the end of life'. Here, the charity's policy and public affairs manager for Scotland, Susan Lowes, writes for ehospice about the goals of the event and the challenges that people with dementia face at the end of life.

Daily News Roundup - 23 November 2015 Posted on Monday November 23, 2015

In the news today: Nightingale House Hospice announces plans for a £3 million extension, an appeal has ensured that children at Martin House Children Hospice will wake up to gifts on Christmas day and the chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations has expressed his fears regarding cuts to the Big Lottery Fund.

Keech Hospice Care uses annual report to bust dying beliefs Posted on Monday November 23, 2015

Keech Hospice Care has used its latest annual report to challenge public assumptions that hospices are only places people go to die. Mel Barry, head of marketing and communications at Keech, tells us more:

New guide on personal budgets to help seriously ill young people take control of their care Posted on Monday November 23, 2015

Together for Short Lives has launched a Young person’s guide to personal budgets in England, which is designed to help young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions have more choice about the care they receive.

Leaving the comfort zone at Hospice UK’s annual conference Posted on Monday November 23, 2015

One popular session at Hospice UK’s conference this year was Bob Heath’s workshop ‘Creative collaboration at the end of life – a useful provision or an essential response?’ Here, three people share how the workshop encouraged them to leave their comfort zone.

Hospice vacancies roundup Posted on Friday November 20, 2015

A roundup of all the vacancies posted on ehospice this week.

Daily News Roundup - 20 November 2015 Posted on Friday November 20, 2015

In the news today: in a blog on the Saint Francis Hospice website, 9-year-old Jessica writes about the bereavement support she has received following the death of her mother, and two more Welsh Assembly members back the Marie Curie campaign to provide palliative care for all who need it.

Hospice volunteer’s bereavement support work praised by prime minister Posted on Friday November 20, 2015

Luke Waddon, a 20-year-old bereavement support volunteer at Marie Curie’s Cardiff and the Vale Hospice, has received a Points of Light award.

Carers UK launches two new resources to help carers access support Posted on Friday November 20, 2015

Carers UK has launched Upfront, a new online guide to provide assistance to those new to caring, to mark Carers Rights Day.

"I had no idea the hospice could help someone like me" Posted on Friday November 20, 2015

Julia explains how The Hospice of St Francis, and one community specialist nurse in particular, supported her emotional recovery following a diagnosis of cancer of the bowel in January 2014, helping her get back to work and back to her "normal positive self".

Why we want all hospices to benefit from fundraising benchmarking Posted on Friday November 20, 2015

Antonia Bunnin and Elizabeth Palfreman from Hospice UK write for ehospice about the importance of fundraising benchmarking and how hospices can get involved in a new benchmarking project to see how their fundraising measures up.