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Last-minute talks over doctor strike Posted on Tuesday February 09, 2016

Last-minute talks are taking place between doctors and government negotiators to avert Wednesday's strike amid suggestions a deal on the contract dispute was blocked by ministers.

Record rise in 'NHS dissatisfaction' Posted on Tuesday February 09, 2016

The biggest-ever rise in public dissatisfaction with the NHS was recorded last year, according to a long-running survey.

Mental health beds search 'a scandal' Posted on Tuesday February 09, 2016

The practice of sending mentally ill adults in England long distances for care is unacceptable and must end, an independent report says.

Flashes of light may stop jet lag Posted on Tuesday February 09, 2016

Exposure to short flashes of light at night could help travellers adjust to new time zones and avoid jet lag, according to scientists.

No safe way to suntan, experts warn Posted on Tuesday February 09, 2016

There is no safe or healthy way to get a tan from sunlight, new guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) warns.

Mutant sperm-factories spread in testes Posted on Tuesday February 09, 2016

Mutant sperm-factories spread in men's testicles as they age to increase the risk of children with genetic diseases, researchers have shown.

Cosmetic surgery ops on the rise Posted on Monday February 08, 2016

There was a sharp increase in the popularity of cosmetic surgery in the UK in 2015, figures show.

Safety recall of St John's Wort tablets Posted on Monday February 08, 2016

Packets of St John's Wort tablets are being recalled in the UK as a safety precaution after six batches were found to be contaminated with a toxin.

Doctors' union irresponsible - Hunt Posted on Sunday February 07, 2016

The health secretary and union leaders clash ahead of another junior doctors' strike, in a long-running dispute over pay and working hours.

New drive for 'paperless' NHS Posted on Sunday February 07, 2016

The latest government attempt to improve the use of technology in the NHS in England is launched, with the aim of making services faster and more convenient.

Heads warn over pupils' mental health Posted on Monday February 08, 2016

Head teachers issue a warning over their struggle to deal with children's mental health problems at primary schools in England.

Bacteria 'see' like tiny eyeballs Posted on Tuesday February 09, 2016

Biologists discover how bacteria sense light and move towards it: the entire single-cell organism focuses light like a tiny eyeball.

Bed-bug DNA scanned for vulnerabilities Posted on Wednesday February 03, 2016

Scientists have sequenced the entire genome of the bed bug to help work out how to eliminate the pest, which has been developing resistance to existing insecticide sprays.

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

Why the NHS should listen to people who see something amiss

'Cancer made me want mashed potato' Posted on Sunday March 08, 2015

The strange effects of cancer on appetite

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. Pharmacists can Improve Palliative Care - ACCP 2015 Global Conference

Please click here to see twitter link

 4.  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

 5.  RPS consultation on Specials 

Please click here to view RPS consultation on specials

Daily News Roundup - 9 February 2016 Posted on Tuesday February 09, 2016

In the news today: Bury Hospice is to undergo an independent review of its governance and management, the Duchess of Cornwall will visit Prospect Hospice's new outreach centre, and Keech Hospice is mourning the death of fundraiser and patient Tony Jules.

Study finds fall in proportion of home deaths in south west Scotland Posted on Tuesday February 09, 2016

A study looking at place of death of around 20,000 people in Dumfries and Galloway found a steady fall in the proportion of home deaths between 2000 and 2010.

Northern Ireland Hospice trains colleagues from Highland Hospice on tele-mentoring Posted on Tuesday February 09, 2016

Northern Ireland Hospice has hosted its first Project ECHO training session, with three staff members from Highland Hospice travelling to Belfast for a three day 'immersion programme'.

Daily News Roundup - 8 February 2016 Posted on Monday February 08, 2016

In the news today: Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and St Catherine's Hospice are encouraging patients to write end of life plans, St Teresa's Hospice in Darlington celebrates its 30th anniversary and The Yorkshire Post launches a fundraising campaign for local children's hospices.

Royal Trinity Hospice celebrates Storytelling Week with songwriting workshop Posted on Monday February 08, 2016

Last week, as part of National Storytelling Week, patients and families at Royal Trinity Hospice took part in a songwriting workshop facilitated by the alternative-folk group Tir Eolas.

Liz Searle takes over as chief executive at Keech Hospice Care Posted on Monday February 08, 2016

Liz Searle, who has been acting chief executive at Keech Hospice Care since September, has been appointed on a permanent basis.

European Association for Palliative Care calls for nominations for prestigious award Posted on Monday February 08, 2016

Nominations for the Palliative Care Policy Development Award 2016 are now open.

Influencing locally: a new toolkit for hospices Posted on Monday February 08, 2016

This week Hospice UK launches ‘Influencing locally: a toolkit for hospices in England’, which supports hospices to identify and build relationships locally and to raise awareness and influence key statutory bodies.

Hospice vacancies roundup Posted on Friday February 05, 2016

A review of all the jobs that have been posted on ehospice this week.

Daily News Roundup - 5 February 2016 Posted on Friday February 05, 2016

In the news today: Marie Curie's Glasgow hospice is praised by Healthcare Improvement Scotland and Barbara Gelb comments on the lack of joined up bereavement services for families whose babies have been stillborn or died shortly after birth.

BlackRock raises over £844,000 for London’s children’s hospices Posted on Friday February 05, 2016

City-based asset management company BlackRock has raised £844,182 for Children’s Hospices across London (CHaL), a consortium of five independent children’s hospices – ellenor, Haven House, Noah’s Ark, Richard House and Shooting Star Chase.

Next Twitter #hpm journal club: 10 February 2016 Posted on Friday February 05, 2016

Febuary’s #hpmjc journal club will be discussing research by Katherine Sleeman et al, published in Palliative Medicine, on the changing demographics of inpatient hospice death.

Daily News Roundup - 4 February 2016 Posted on Thursday February 04, 2016

In the news today: death doulas, why the reality of CPR is not as it appears on TV, and £100,000 legacy for St Mary's Hospice.

Exercise shown to improve physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing of people with terminal cancer Posted on Thursday February 04, 2016

Research carried out at Marie Curie Hospice Hampstead has shown that exercise can have a positive impact on the social and emotional wellbeing of people living with advanced cancer, in addition to the physical benefits.

New major research project to look at end of life care for people with drink or drug issues Posted on Wednesday February 03, 2016

A new study is to explore the prevalence and frequency of substance problems in palliative and end of life care, as well as the experiences of individuals, family members and professionals living and working with these overlapping issues.