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Ebola vaccine results 'remarkable' Posted on Friday July 31, 2015

A vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus has led to 100% protection in a pioneering trial described as a "potential game-changer".

Teenagers urged to have MenW vaccine Posted on Saturday August 01, 2015

Teenagers across the UK going to university and college this year are being urged to get vaccinated against deadly meningitis W.

Mental health services to get £143m Posted on Friday July 31, 2015

The government is to invest £143m improving children's mental health services in England this year, BBC News learns.

HIV flushed out by cancer drug Posted on Friday July 31, 2015

HIV can be flushed out of its hiding places in the body using a cancer drug, researchers show.

NHS recruitment from EU 'aggressive' Posted on Friday July 31, 2015

Nursing leaders in Portugal, Spain and Italy say "aggressive strategies" are being used to "fool" a growing number of their staff into working in the NHS.

Surge in doctors' days off for stress Posted on Friday July 31, 2015

Days lost to stress-related sickness by doctors at a hospital trust increases by more than 430% in five years, it is revealed.

Prostate cancer: Five types 'found' Posted on Thursday July 30, 2015

Scientists identify five types of prostate cancer, each with a distinct genetic signature.

New dying care guidelines proposed Posted on Wednesday July 29, 2015

England's health watchdog puts forward new draft guidance to improve the care of adults in their last few days of life.

No target for most ambulance calls Posted on Wednesday July 29, 2015

Targets for ambulance response times in Wales are to be dropped for all but the most life-threatening calls under a Welsh government trial.

GP workloads 'put patients at risk' Posted on Wednesday July 29, 2015

Patient safety is at risk because of increasing GP workloads in the UK, doctors' leaders are warning.

Skin cancer guidelines updated Posted on Wednesday July 29, 2015

New guidelines for diagnosing and treating melanoma skin cancers have been issued to the NHS in England.

Recruiting foreign nurses 'expensive' Posted on Tuesday July 28, 2015

It is "distracting, frustrating and expensive" to have to recruit large numbers of nurses from overseas, the head of a leading NHS hospital says.

Living Wage 'could harm home care' Posted on Monday July 27, 2015

The National Living Wage could result in a "catastrophic failure" in the home care market, the industry is warning.

Blowing balloons 'treats glue ear' Posted on Tuesday July 28, 2015

Using the nose to inflate a balloon helps heal glue ear, University of Southampton research suggests.

Etihad sued over obese passenger Posted on Friday July 31, 2015

An Australian plane passenger, who says he suffered back pain after being seated next to an overweight man, is suing Etihad Airways.

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

Hospice vacancies roundup Posted on Friday July 31, 2015

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

Daily News Roundup - 31 July 2015 Posted on Friday July 31, 2015

In the news today: nurses hit back at allegations made in the wake of the publication of a draft guideline for end of life care by NICE, a new policy addressing the use of CPR on terminally ill patients in Scotland will be unveiled in September, and Richard House Children's Hospice celebrates its 15th anniversary.

Fundraising in the dock: the Charities Bill and what it means for the hospice sector Posted on Friday July 31, 2015

Earlier this month the government announced an amendment to the Charities Bill to protect vulnerable people from "aggressive fundraisers". Sarah Thompson, Director of Fundraising and Engagement at St Joseph’s Hospice, writes for ehospice about what this means for local hospices.

Hospice volunteers recognised with the Order of Mercy award Posted on Friday July 31, 2015

Ten volunteers from hospices across the country received the prestigious Order of Mercy award at a ceremony in London earlier this month in recognition of the contributions they have made.

Calling all palliative care nurse mentors Posted on Friday July 31, 2015

The Uganda Palliative Care Nurse Leadership programme is an exciting new programme which aims to develop nurse leaders within palliative care in Uganda.

Non-medical prescribing in end of life care – overcoming the barriers Posted on Friday July 31, 2015

For community nurses caring for patients at the end of life, being able to prescribe pain medication and other controlled drugs can make a big difference to patients and their families, but many barriers seem to stand in the way of more nurses taking on this role.

Daily News Roundup - 30 July 2015 Posted on Thursday July 30, 2015

In the news today: a report warns that there will be fewer unpaid carers in future as Britain's population ages, three GP surgeries team up with a hospice to support end of life care, and we review the media's responses to NICE publishing a draft guideline on end of life care.

WHSmith joins forces with Marie Curie for book recycling initiative Posted on Thursday July 30, 2015

From today until 27 August, customers at WHSmith will be able to donate books they no longer want to be sold in the 190 Marie Curie stores across the UK.

First nurse joins new graduate programme at St David’s Hospice Posted on Thursday July 30, 2015

Ceri Chesseman is the first qualified nurse to join St David’s Hospice in Llandudno as part of a new graduate nurse programme.

Innovative project continues to engage local teenagers and raise money for Martin House Posted on Thursday July 30, 2015

As entries for this year’s Hospice UK Awards start to come in, we talk to last year’s winner of the award for Innovation in Income Generation, Martin House about its award-winning project, Centre Stage.

Daily News Roundup - 29 July 2015 Posted on Wednesday July 29, 2015

In the news today: Farleigh Hospice exhibits the artwork created by users of its children's bereavement service, Robin House children's hospice marks its first 10 years and honours two of its loyal volunteers, and an organisation providing music therapy sessions in children's hospices is profiled in the Guardian.

NICE publishes draft end of life care guideline ahead of consultation Posted on Wednesday July 29, 2015

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published a draft guideline to support the NHS in providing high quality end of life care.

Francis House Children’s Hospice: caring for teenagers and young adults Posted on Wednesday July 29, 2015

In recent years, the services provided by Francis House Children’s Hospice have evolved to meet the increasing need to care for children who are surviving into their teenage years and early adulthood.

A day in the life of a hospice child and family counsellor Posted on Wednesday July 29, 2015

Angie Beasle shares what it is like to be a child and family counsellor at a children's hospice by writing for ehospice about an average day at Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice.

Clapham’s Trinity Hospice given royal seal of approval Posted on Tuesday July 28, 2015

Trinity Hospice will add ‘Royal’ to its name later this year, after permission was granted by the Cabinet Office and Buckingham Palace.