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England's health watchdog puts forward new draft guidance to improve the care of adults in their last few days of life.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

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.

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.

Suspected Mers virus shuts A&E unit Posted on Monday July 27, 2015

A suspected outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome temporarily shuts a Manchester hospital's A&E unit.

South Korea declares 'end' to Mers Posted on Tuesday July 28, 2015

South Korea's PM Hwang Kyo-ahn declares a "de facto end" to the Mers virus outbreak, after no new infections are reported for 23 days.

Malaria vaccine one step closer Posted on Friday July 24, 2015

The world's first malaria vaccine has cleared one of the final regulatory hurdles prior to being used to immunise children in sub-Saharan Africa.

Stroke drug is safe, says review Posted on Friday July 24, 2015

A panel of independent experts has decided that a clot-busting drug often used to treat strokes is "safe and effective".

Cheap drugs cut breast cancer deaths Posted on Friday July 24, 2015

Cheap drugs normally used to strengthen bone can cut deaths from breast cancer, research shows.

More pupils try 'vaping' than smoking Posted on Thursday July 23, 2015

More pupils in England aged between 11 and 15 have tried electronic cigarettes than have smoked a cigarette, according to official figures.

Transplant man marks 30 years Posted on Monday July 20, 2015

A London man celebrates 30 years since his heart-lung transplant - thought to be the longest anyone has survived after the procedure.

Child tooth removal 'at crisis point' Posted on Sunday July 12, 2015

Doctors call for urgent action to reduce the number of children needing to have rotten teeth removed under general anaesthetic in hospital.

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 - 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.

Daily News Roundup - 28 July 2015 Posted on Tuesday July 28, 2015

In the news today: the National Living Wage could harm the home care sector, an author releases a book in aid of Rainbows Children's Hospice, and Dr Richard Harding blogs about improving palliative care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* people.

Funding available to improve the quality of life for people with a brain tumour Posted on Tuesday July 28, 2015

The Brain Tumour Charity has launched a new grant scheme aimed at improving the quality of life for people who have been diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Innovative partnership between hospice and nursing home to support patients and staff Posted on Tuesday July 28, 2015

From September, Princess Alice Hospice will have access to two beds at Milverton Nursing Home and, in return, the hospice is to provide end of life care training for staff of the nursing home.

Daily News Roundup - 27 July 2015 Posted on Monday July 27, 2015

In the news today: an article in Nursing Times underlines the importance of healthcare staff knowing when to refer patients to palliative care, Rachel Smith discusses her work on a project to help children whose parents have terminal illnesses, and the Marie Curie hospice in Solihull is featured on BBC Radio 4.

Registration deadline extended for ‘Let’s work better together’ event Posted on Monday July 27, 2015

The registration deadline for 'Let's work better together', an event co-run by Macmillan Cancer Support and Hospice UK, has been extended to Monday 3 August.

Dedicated fundraiser for Woodlands Hospice recognised with a national honour Posted on Monday July 27, 2015

Pat Caffrey, who has raised over £161,000 for Woodlands Hospice, has been given a British Citizen Award for her services to volunteering and charitable giving.

Hospice vacancies roundup Posted on Friday July 24, 2015

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

Daily News Roundup - 24 July 2015 Posted on Friday July 24, 2015

In the news today: a report warns that health professionals are not receiving adequate training in end of life care, work due to begin on Alexander Devine Children's Hospice in September and the Blackpool Gazette covers the Patient Safety Award won by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Government calls for feedback on Gift Aid Donor Benefit Rules Posted on Friday July 24, 2015

The government has issued a call for evidence as it seeks to ascertain whether a change to Gift Aid Donor Benefit Rules is necessary in order to stop charities from missing out on donations.

Social workers forge new partnerships to improve end of life care Posted on Friday July 24, 2015

The Association of Palliative Care Social Workers (APCSW) has launched a new report on its recent project to develop end of life social care champions across England.