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'Civil war' in immune system can fight disease Posted on Friday July 01, 2016

The immune system can be trained to attack itself to reverse a devastating autoimmune disease, in animals.

Woman wins appeal to use dead daughter's eggs Posted on Thursday June 30, 2016

A woman who wants to use her dead daughter's frozen eggs to give birth to her own grandchild has won a Court of Appeal battle.

Parents 'let down' by Bristol Children's Hospital cardiac ward Posted on Thursday June 30, 2016

Children receiving cardiac treatment at Bristol Children's Hospital were repeatedly given poor care and parents were let down, a review finds.

Suicide warnings in Scottish hospitals 'ignored' Posted on Friday July 01, 2016

Fifty people have taken their own lives in Scottish hospitals over the past four years, the BBC learns.

New delay for NHS 24 computer system roll out Posted on Thursday June 30, 2016

A crisis-hit computer project for the NHS 24 telephone helpline will not be fully rolled out across Scotland until the end of next year - four years later than originally planned.

Skin cancer rise warning for over 55s Posted on Friday July 01, 2016

Skin cancer rates in Scotland have more than doubled among those aged 55 and over in the past 20 years, a leading charity reports.

Brexit 'will make NHS staff shortages worse' Posted on Thursday June 30, 2016

The vote to leave the EU risks making staffing shortages in the NHS worse, health leaders are warning.

Zika-damaged babies could appear normal, says study Posted on Thursday June 30, 2016

Babies with brain abnormalities caused by the Zika virus could still appear normal, according to the largest study of affected babies.

Ibuprofen 'disables' Ebola virus Posted on Thursday June 30, 2016

The painkiller ibuprofen and the cancer drug toremifene can disable the Ebola virus, say researchers.

Nearly one in four deaths 'avoidable' Posted on Wednesday June 29, 2016

Almost a quarter of all deaths in England and Wales were potentially avoidable, figures for 2014, published by the Office for National Statistics, suggest.

'Bath daily' advice for eczema children Posted on Wednesday June 29, 2016

If your child has eczema it is fine to give them a dunk in the bath every day, as long as you apply lots of moisturiser to their skin afterwards, US experts say.

Zika vaccine 'works very well' in mice Posted on Tuesday June 28, 2016

A single dose of an experimental vaccine can protect mice against the Zika virus, raising renewed hope of a vaccine for humans, say scientists

Helium discovery a 'game-changer' Posted on Tuesday June 28, 2016

Scientists say they have found a large helium gas field in Tanzania, amid concerns global supplies are running out.

Playing card games aids stroke recovery Posted on Tuesday June 28, 2016

Playing simple card games, such as snap, can help stroke patients with their recovery, research suggests.

Measles outbreak hits 13 pupils at Devon school Posted on Tuesday June 28, 2016

Thirteen cases of measles and another 10 probable cases are found at a secondary school.

Items of interest to PCPN members

1. Share your ideas at Hospice UK’s annual conference: Call for Papers
People, Partnerships and Potential
16 - 18 November 2016, ACC, Liverpool

Book online today

With less than a month until the deadline, now is the perfect moment to submit an abstract to Hospice UK. They are looking for oral presentations or display posters about finished, ongoing or emerging projects. To find out more about how and why to submit, see the FAQs online. Submissions are open until 31 May.

The conference – People, Partnerships and Potential – is set to be an exciting three days. Four keynote speakers have been confirmed so far, including Hospice UK’s own CEO Tracey Bleakley. Read all about the speakers and book your place on the Hospice UK website.


2. PCPN Annual Conference

Hold the date - 17 November 2016, Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool

Why not combine with attending the Hospice UK annual conference.

More information including speakers and poster competition will be available on the website soon.


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

Please click here to view letter from NHS England

3. Upcoming CD legislative amendments notification

Please click here to view CD legislative amendments

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

Hospice vacancies roundup Posted on Friday July 01, 2016

A roundup of all the jobs posted on ehospice over the past two weeks.

Daily news roundup – 1 July 2016 Posted on Friday July 01, 2016

In the news today: Halton Haven Hospice praised by Care Quality Commission, John Taylor Hospice shortlisted in national business awards and Central College Nottingham is the first college to sign up to a new charter aimed at helping employees who become terminally ill.

Greater collaboration to boost hospice care for people in North Yorkshire Posted on Friday July 01, 2016

Saint Michael's Hospice in Harrogate and Herriot Hospice Homecare have announced plans for closer working, in order to to increase the support available to local people living with terminal illness and bereavement.

Draft guidance on end of life care for children and young people published Posted on Friday July 01, 2016

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has today launched a consultation on new guidance on the planning and management of end of life care for infants, children and young people with life-limiting conditions.

Transparency and proximity – rebuilding trust in charities Posted on Friday July 01, 2016

Public trust in charities has dropped to 5.7 out of 10 – its lowest point since monitoring began in 2005 – according to a new Charity Commission report.

Daily news roundup – 30 June 2016 Posted on Thursday June 30, 2016

In the news today: charity gala raises more than £400,000 for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), Rhuddlan Castle hosts sea of vibrant metal flowers as part St Kentigern Hospice's 21st birthday, and Lifelites charity announces young celebrity patron.

Island hospices forge closer working partnership Posted on Thursday June 30, 2016

An international partnership between Earl Mountbatten Hospice on the Isle of Wight and Archangel Michael Hospice in Cyprus is being forged, in a bid to share experiences and expertise in caring for the last years of life.

New guide to support young people through transition to adult services Posted on Thursday June 30, 2016

Together for Short Lives has today launched a new guide to support young people with life-threatening conditions as they transition to adult services.

Q&A with Mandy Yule, Hospice UK advisory council representative for Scotland Posted on Thursday June 30, 2016

As part of our series of interviews with Hospice UK's advisory council, we talk to Mandy Yule, chief executive at Ayrshire Hospice and advisory council representative for Scotland.

Daily news roundup – 29 June 2016 Posted on Wednesday June 29, 2016

In the news today: Ardgowan Hospice receives a Big Lottery grant to transform day support and home care services, work begins on new Julia's House site in Devizes, and can hospices afford not to be involved in research?

What does Brexit mean for hospices? Posted on Wednesday June 29, 2016

Donald Rumsfeld’s (in)famous statement that there are ‘known knowns, known unknowns and unknown unknowns’ is almost a perfect description of where we find ourselves following last week’s referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union.

The role and training requirements of Caldicott guardians Posted on Wednesday June 29, 2016

Sandra Lomax writes for ehospice about the role of Caldicott guardians and highlights some training opportunities for hospice staff.

Taking patient and public involvement online Posted on Wednesday June 29, 2016

The Cicely Saunders Institute has launched an online patient and public involvement forum for palliative care and rehabilitation research. Sophie Pask and Lisa Brighton tell us more:

Daily news roundup – 28 June 2016 Posted on Tuesday June 28, 2016

In the news today: an international study suggests dying patients are often given harmful and unnecessary treatments, campaigners hit out over lack of reform in bereavement payments, and a nurse from St Elizabeth Hospice explains how patients got involved in the 'Pigs Gone Wild' project.

Hospices in the running for Nursing Times Awards Posted on Tuesday June 28, 2016

An end of life care coordination centre based at Royal Trinity Hospice and the care director at St Richard’s Hospice are both shortlisted in this year’s Nursing Times Awards.

Call for nominations to serve on the Membership Committee and Panel of Fellows Posted on Friday July 01, 2016

We are seeking nominations for three members to serve on our Membership Committee and two Fellows to serve on our Panel of Fellows Committee.

The Membership Committee hears appeals and prescribes appropriate and proportionate resolutions in accordance with the Society

RPS talks to Radio 4’s PM programme about Nurofen Posted on Thursday June 30, 2016

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has censured a TV commercial for Nurofen Joint & Back Pain Relief, banning the company from claiming its painkillers target specifi

Tell us about your projects and innovations - extension to survey deadline Posted on Wednesday June 29, 2016

We have extended the deadline for responses to our survey - You can now take part until Friday 15th July.

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) is undertaking a study to better understand

RPS Statement regarding EU referendum result Posted on Wednesday June 29, 2016

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) is proud to provide leadership, development and support to a diverse community of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists and this will not change. The RPS benefits enormously from a talented and diverse group of employees and elected members. We have a gr

Quality Assurance of Aseptic Preparation Services Standards Launched Posted on Tuesday June 28, 2016

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is pleased to announce that new standards for aseptic preparation services are now available as part of our library of professional standards and can be found on the RPS website . The standards, edited by Dr Alison M Bean

Process for choosing the RPS President Posted on Monday June 27, 2016

Some members have asked for clarification of the process for choosing the President of the RPS. We welcome views from RPS members, please get in touch by contacting
The national Boards in England, Scotland and Wales form the backbone of the So

Update: English Pharmacy Board meeting 23 June Posted on Thursday June 23, 2016

The English Pharmacy Board (EPB) has re-elected Sandra Gidley as Board Chair and Professor Claire Anderson as Vice-Chair.

Sandra Gidley said:
"This is an enormously important and challenging time for the whole profession.