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Scandal-hit trust patients 'at risk' Posted on Friday April 29, 2016

The NHS mental health trust which ran a care unit where a teenager drowned in a bath is "continuing to put patients at risk", inspectors say.

Newborn babies tested for alcohol Posted on Friday April 29, 2016

Newborn babies are being tested for alcohol after researchers raised concerns about pregnant women drinking regularly.

'Secret of youth' in ginger gene Posted on Friday April 29, 2016

Scientists say they have made a leap in knowing why some people retain their youthful looks while others age badly.

Gene therapy reverses sight loss Posted on Thursday April 28, 2016

A genetic therapy improves the vision of some patients who would otherwise have gone blind.

Both sides ready to fight on in NHS row Posted on Wednesday April 27, 2016

Ministers and doctors have both vowed to fight on as the first all-out doctor strikes in the history of the NHS ended in England without any major problems.

Give e-cigs to smokers, say doctors Posted on Thursday April 28, 2016

Smokers should be offered and encouraged to use e-cigarettes to help them quit, says a leading medical body.

Care children denied mental health help Posted on Thursday April 28, 2016

Children in care have more mental health problems but too often miss out on treatment, say MPs.

More clean air zones needed, say MPs Posted on Wednesday April 27, 2016

"Clean air zones" targeting drivers of high-polluting vehicles should be extended to more cities in England, MPs say.

Flu jabs 'more effective in morning' Posted on Tuesday April 26, 2016

Morning flu jabs provoke a stronger immune response than those given in the afternoon, a trial shows.

Obesity 'explosion' in Chinese youth Posted on Wednesday April 27, 2016

Levels of obesity in China's rural youth have rapidly increased, a study warns, because of socioeconomic changes.

Neurologist wins Wellcome book prize Posted on Monday April 25, 2016

Neurologist Suzanne O'Sullivan wins the £30,000 Wellcome Book Prize for her book about psychosomatic illness, It's All in Your Head.

Bed bugs repulsed by certain colours Posted on Monday April 25, 2016

Bed bugs appear to have a strong preference for particular colours - a quirk that could be used against the troublesome pests, say scientists.

Fear over eating disorder care in Japan Posted on Monday April 25, 2016

Most people suffering with eating disorders in Japan are not receiving any medical or psychological support, according to doctors.

Lizards share sleep patterns with humans Posted on Friday April 29, 2016

Scientists say sleep patterns previously thought exclusive to mammals and birds are also found in lizards.

Spider bites Australian man on penis Posted on Wednesday April 27, 2016

An Australian man took himself to hospital after a venomous redback spider bit him on the penis in a portable toilet.

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 – 29 April 2016 Posted on Friday April 29, 2016

In the new today: how to have a great conversation with someone who is going to die, Haven House CEO celebrates five years in the role, and a seven years old has raised money for North Devon Hospice by selling sweets outside his home.

How hospices support people living with multiple sclerosis Posted on Friday April 29, 2016

As part of MS Awareness Week (25 April to 1 May) hospices, such as St Giles, have been highlighting how they help make a difference for people living with the condition.

NICE is recruiting nurses and GPs to help update end of life care quality standard Posted on Friday April 29, 2016

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is currently looking to recruit experienced healthcare professionals to join its quality standards advisory committee for end of life care.

Daily news roundup – 28 April 2016 Posted on Thursday April 28, 2016

In the new today: Marie Curie's hospice in Newcastle is undergoing a major refurbishment, Arthur Rank Hospice CEO Lynn Morgan writes for the Cambridge News about the hospice's 'gold standard' of care, and researchers claim that having lots of friends is a better painkiller than morphine.

Award to celebrate the role of creativity and art in hospital and hospice settings Posted on Thursday April 28, 2016

Hospices and other healthcare organisations with creative arts and music programmes are encouraged to put themselves forward for the Arts & Health Award, one of six categories included in this year’s Health & Wellbeing Awards – run by the Royal Society for Public Health.

Updated paediatric palliative care symptom control manual available Posted on Thursday April 28, 2016

A new edition of the “industry bible” on symptom management in paediatric palliative care is available to access online and download for free.

We want you! To get involved in Hospice UK’s annual conference Posted on Thursday April 28, 2016

As booking opens for Hospice UK’s annual conference (being held in Liverpool this November) Sarah Russell, head of research and clinical innovation at the charity, outlines four reasons why you should attend this major event and consider submitting an abstract.

Government publishes response to committee’s recommendations on fundraising Posted on Wednesday April 27, 2016

Today the government issued its response to the recommendations which came out of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s inquiry into fundraising in the charitable sector.

Daily news roundup – 27 April 2016 Posted on Wednesday April 27, 2016

In the new today: Ardgowan Hospice looks for new sources of funding for bereavement service as lottery funding comes to an end, Lewis Manning and Oakhaven hospices join forces for fundraising walk and a Marie Curie nurse writes about the importance of understanding different faiths.

Kate Phipps gets stuck into new role at Tŷ Hafan Posted on Wednesday April 27, 2016

Kate Phipps, who joined Tŷ Hafan earlier this month as its new CEO, has described how privileged she feels to be leading the charity.

Growing demand for end of life care will put ‘intolerable’ strain on health and social care Posted on Wednesday April 27, 2016

Macmillan Cancer Support is today warning that the NHS and social services will not be able to cope with an increase in the number of people dying from cancer.

Daily news roundup – 26 April 2016 Posted on Tuesday April 26, 2016

In the news today: Dr Mark Taubert on the words we use when talking about cancer, college students describe volunteering at North London Hospice as a "fantastic opportunity", and a branch of Marks and Spencer is to cut food waste and support the Prince of Wales Hospice.

Schwartz Rounds: supporting the emotional wellbeing of hospice staff Posted on Tuesday April 26, 2016

Schwartz Rounds are now running in 34 hospices across the UK. They have helped hospices to create cultures in which the emotional impact of work is openly shared among staff.

Q&A with Liz Hancock, Hospice UK advisory council representative for West Midlands Posted on Tuesday April 26, 2016

Liz Hancock, chief executive at Mary Ann Evans Hospice in Nuneaton, recently joined Hospice UK’s advisory council as representative for the West Midlands. As part of our series of interviews with different members of the advisory council, Liz share with us why she was keen to get involved in the advisory council and what she does in her spare time to keep fit (and sane).

Daily news roundup – 25 April 2016 Posted on Monday April 25, 2016

In the news today: St Andrew’s Children’s Hospice shines spotlight on Grantham church to promote its new look, Northern Ireland Hospice asks public to help name its new cafe, and the charity tribunal strikes out Hospice Aid UK appeal.