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Disruption as doctors' strike halted Posted on Tuesday December 01, 2015

Hospitals across England face disruption with thousands of operations cancelled, despite a 24-hour strike by junior doctors being called off.

Organ donor law 'revolution' begins Posted on Tuesday December 01, 2015

Wales becomes the first nation in the UK to introduce a "revolutionary" new system to increase the number of organ donors.

Tax on sugary drinks backed by MPs Posted on Monday November 30, 2015

A tax on sugary drinks should be introduced as part of a "bold and urgent" set of measures to tackle child obesity in England, MPs say.

'Down to the bone' model's health alert Posted on Tuesday December 01, 2015

A model who was asked to slim "down to the bone" will hand in a petition to Downing Street calling for better healthcare in the modelling industry.

Parents 'avoid mental health talks' Posted on Monday November 30, 2015

More than half of parents in England have never spoken to their children about stress, anxiety and depression, a survey suggests.

A&E waiting times 'getting worse' Posted on Friday November 27, 2015

Waiting times in A&E departments across the UK are worsening as pressures grow in hospitals, figures suggest.

Multiple-birth care 'postcode lottery' Posted on Friday November 27, 2015

Women expecting twins or triplets are experiencing poor antenatal care in some areas of England, a report suggests.

NI abortion law 'breaches human rights' Posted on Monday November 30, 2015

The High Court in Belfast rules abortion legislation in Northern Ireland is in breach of human rights laws.

Junior doctor dispute to go to Acas Posted on Wednesday November 25, 2015

The government has agreed to talks at Acas in the junior doctors' dispute - but the strikes have not been called off.

Organ donor law change 'not enough' Posted on Monday November 30, 2015

Wales will need to do more than change the law to increase organ donations, one of the world's leading transplant experts says.

London Ambulance Service 'inadequate' Posted on Friday November 27, 2015

London's ambulance service NHS Trust becomes the first to be put into special measures after a recommendation by inspectors.

One in five children obese in Year 6 Posted on Thursday November 26, 2015

One in 10 children was obese at the start of primary school in England last year but one in five was obese by the end, according to new figures.

NHS choir aims for Christmas Number 1 Posted on Monday November 30, 2015

NHS staff have released a charity single that they hope will be this year's Christmas Number 1.

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 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. 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

Nurse at Woking & Sam Beare Hospices awarded prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse Posted on Monday November 30, 2015

Deborah Worwood, clinical nurse specialist at Woking & Sam Beare Hospices, has been awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse by The Queen’s Nursing Institute, in recognition of her commitment to high standards of patient care, learning and leadership.

Daily News Roundup - 30 November 2015 Posted on Monday November 30, 2015

In the news today: Exeter Hospiscare at home service praised, a couple who have covered their house in Christmas lights will donate money to Zoe's Place Baby Hospice and The Independent on Sunday's appeal will help fund the Louis Dundas Centre for Children’s Palliative Care.

St Margaret’s Hospice launches community engagement programme to help ensure it is fit for the future Posted on Monday November 30, 2015

St Margaret’s Hospice has launched ‘Fit for Future’, a new community engagement programme which it hopes will lead to better and more efficient palliative care.

Hospice vacancies roundup Posted on Friday November 27, 2015

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

@WeEOLC tweetchat – talking about DNACPR: the family experience Posted on Friday November 27, 2015

Kate and Sacha have generously given their time to lead a tweet chat (1 December, 8pm to 9pm) about their views and experiences of talking about DNACPR as a parent and as a daughter.

Photos and presentations from Hospice UK’s annual conference now available Posted on Friday November 27, 2015

As ehospice UK publishes a photo gallery from Hospice UK’s annual conference, marketing officer Maddy Race reflects on her experience of the conference and reminds us how we can catch up on sessions we may have missed.

Daily News Roundup - 27 November 2015 Posted on Friday November 27, 2015

In the news today: EACH has raised £2 million in the first year of its nook appeal, Alexander Devine hospice is on schedule to open next year and Isabel Hospice is looking for jokes.

Scholarships available to attend hospice23 conference ‘Exploring resilience’ Posted on Friday November 27, 2015

Join hospice23 at its next annual conference from 4 to 7 November 2016 in Theddingworth, Leicestershire.

Successful year for hospice care’s national charity Posted on Friday November 27, 2015

Hospice UK, the national charity for hospice care, recently published its latest impact report, telling the story of the difference the organisation has made in 2015. Head of governance and executive office Rowena Lovell shares some of the highlights and looks forward to 2016.

Daily News Roundup - 26 November 2015 Posted on Thursday November 26, 2015

In the news today: business secretary Sajid Javid praises Britain's hospices and their relationship with businesses, Professor Rob George speaks to the Cross Rhythms website about his ideas to improve palliative care, and the Northern Echo profiles the letter that proved to be the inspiration for St Teresa's Hospice in Darlington.

St Barnabas Hospice launches listening exercise as it looks to develop services in East Lindsey Posted on Thursday November 26, 2015

St Barnabas Hospice in Lincolnshire yesterday launched a 'major listening campaign' to give residents of East Lindsey a chance to express their views on end of life care services.

Seminar focuses on the provision of end of life care in hospitals Posted on Thursday November 26, 2015

Presentations from a seminar held last week in Glasgow about research concerning people at the end of life in Scottish hospitals are available to watch online.

What’s it like to be a student nurse at a hospice? Posted on Thursday November 26, 2015

Sarah Botting, a first-year student nurse, shares her experience of being on placement at St Catherine's Hospice in Crawley.

Together for Short Lives expresses disappointment at spending review Posted on Thursday November 26, 2015

Barbara Gelb, chief executive of Together for Short Lives, the charity which advocates on behalf of children and young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions, gives an in-depth response to yesterday's spending review.

Charities bemoan ‘missed chance’ to fund end of life care improvements in spending review Posted on Wednesday November 25, 2015

The Coalition of End of Life Charities – which includes Hospice UK, Marie Curie, Sue Ryder and the National Council for Palliative Care – has criticised the chancellor for failing to commit to fully funding improvements in end of life care.