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Meningitis B jabs start for UK babies Posted on Tuesday September 01, 2015

Meningitis B vaccination for all newborn babies starts to take place across the UK - the first scheme of its kind in the world.

Wasp venom 'a weapon against cancer' Posted on Tuesday September 01, 2015

The venom of a wasp native to Brazil could be used as a weapon to fight cancer, scientists believe.

UK sperm bank has just nine donors Posted on Tuesday September 01, 2015

The national sperm bank hopes a recruitment drive will boost the number of donors after it emerges only nine men are registered a year after it opened.

New Ebola death in Sierra Leone Posted on Tuesday September 01, 2015

A woman who died on Saturday in northern Sierra Leone has tested positive for Ebola, officials have confirmed.

Poor sleep may make you prone to colds Posted on Tuesday September 01, 2015

People who sleep six hours a night or less are more likely to catch a cold when exposed to the virus, a novel human experiment finds.

NHS funds spent on 'patient treats' Posted on Tuesday September 01, 2015

Thousands of pounds of NHS personal health budgets are being spent on "treats", including holidays, clothes and pedalo hire, an investigation finds.

New insecticide method '100% effective' Posted on Tuesday September 01, 2015

A new method of applying insecticide to nets has proved 100% effective against certain resistant mosquitoes, an international study reports.

Ebola nurse works at hospital that saved him Posted on Monday August 31, 2015

The first British healthcare worker who caught and survived Ebola is working as an NHS nurse in the hospital that helped save his life.

'More male carers needed' for elderly Posted on Monday August 31, 2015

More male care workers are needed to look after older people, the Chief Executive of Care England says.

Neurologist Oliver Sacks dies aged 82 Posted on Sunday August 30, 2015

British neurologist and acclaimed author Oliver Sacks dies at the age of 82.

'Pre-suicide behaviour' identified Posted on Sunday August 30, 2015

Depressed people who display "risky behaviour", agitation and impulsivity are at least 50% more likely to attempt suicide, a study finds.

NHS tests implanted sugar monitor Posted on Sunday August 30, 2015

A blood sugar monitor that can stay in the body for five months is being tested on NHS patients with type 1 diabetes.

Young goths 'at risk of depression' Posted on Friday August 28, 2015

Young people who identify as goths may be at increased risk of depression and self-harm, a study suggests.

Drinking water 'no hangover cure' Posted on Saturday August 29, 2015

Snacking or drinking water after a heavy night of drinking alcohol does not prevent a hangover, research on Dutch students suggests.

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

Daily News Roundup - 1 September 2015 Posted on Tuesday September 01, 2015

In the news today: a new trial run by Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust will see if people with conditions like motor neurone disease can be given the same kind of palliative care as cancer patients, former Hospice UK chief executive David Praill writes about the lessons he has learned in the hospice movement and the Observer examines death cafes and attitudes towards dying.

Dragon’s Den event gives participants opportunity to be part of Scottish remembrance festival Posted on Tuesday September 01, 2015

A stakeholder event in Edinburgh run by Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief will feature ‘Death Dragon’s Den’, with participants competing for funding for projects they would like to undertake as part of the To Absent Friends festival.

Choice at end of life has to be improved – the government must act now Posted on Tuesday September 01, 2015

One of the more notable shifts in recent times when it comes to caring for people at the end of life is a growing recognition that a more personalised model of care needs to be adopted.

Hospice vacancies roundup Posted on Friday August 28, 2015

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

Together for Short Lives publishes factsheet to signpost families to organisations which offer support Posted on Friday August 28, 2015

Together for Short Lives has published a new ‘Charities for children with cancer’ factsheet, part of a series of resources for families.

Daily News Roundup - 28 August 2015 Posted on Friday August 28, 2015

In the news today: BBC World Service asks why it is so hard to talk about death, Willow Burn Hospice opens a new shop, and a fun run - Dames on the Run - in aid of Derian House Children's Hospice is no longer being investigated as a hate crime.

Opportunity for hospices to be involved in a national project to improve data Posted on Friday August 28, 2015

Public Health England is looking to recruit one or more hospices, which do not currently have an electronic record system, to take part in its palliative care clinical data set pilot.

Social and therapeutic horticulture for palliative care Posted on Friday August 28, 2015

Last year Lisi Pilgrem set up a group for those with an interest in social and therapeutic horticulture for palliative care to enable the sharing of ideas and best practice. Next month the group are holding their second study day and all are welcome.

Daily News Roundup - 27 August 2015 Posted on Thursday August 27, 2015

In the news today: the Lancashire Evening Post speaks to a day therapy patient at St Catherine's Hospice, and St Margaret of Scotland Hospice remembers and pays tribute to its volunteers.

Woodlands Hospice first forget-me-not appeal a huge success Posted on Thursday August 27, 2015

Liverpool-based Woodlands Hospice’s forget-me-not appeal, a scheme to enable people to remember loved ones and raise vital funds for the charity, has been declared a huge success.

Report shows more can be done to support transition process for young adults with life-limiting conditions Posted on Thursday August 27, 2015

A report compiled for Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) by academics from the universities of Dundee and Nottingham has called for improved ongoing support for young people with life-limiting conditions.

Daily News Roundup - 26 August 2015 Posted on Wednesday August 26, 2015

In the news today: St Margaret of Scotland Hospice marks the 200th anniversary of its founders the Religious Sisters of Charity, a new family room is opened at Michael Sobell Hospice, and the Independent reviews Death on the Fringe.

Focus groups to feed into NICE guidance on care of children with life-limiting conditions Posted on Wednesday August 26, 2015

Together for Short Lives has been commissioned by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to collate the views of children and young people with life-limiting conditions about the services they use.

St Catherine’s Hospice announces expansion to cope with increase in demand Posted on Wednesday August 26, 2015

Crawley-based St Catherine’s Hospice has announced plans for a new hospice site as it looks to provide care for a greater number of local people.

Book review: The worm at the core Posted on Wednesday August 26, 2015

Laura Middleton-Green reviews The worm at the core: on the role of death in life by Sheldon Solomon, Jeff Greenberg and Tom Pyszczynski.