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Care of dying 'still inconsistent' Posted on Friday September 04, 2015

Palliative care experts say more investment is needed to improve the care of dying patients.

Weight loss surgery 'cures diabetes' Posted on Friday September 04, 2015

Weight loss surgery cures half of patients with type-2 diabetes, for at least five years, a study suggests.

Aspirin 'might boost cancer therapy' Posted on Friday September 04, 2015

Aspirin may be able to boost the effectiveness of cutting-edge cancer medicines that bolster the immune system, scientists say.

Whooping cough jab plea to mums-to-be Posted on Thursday September 03, 2015

Pregnant women should ensure they have the whooping cough vaccine to protect their babies, Public Health England is urging.

Council to 'ban staff smoking breaks' Posted on Thursday September 03, 2015

Smoking breaks could be banned for thousands of council employees under new proposals, it emerges.

Patient's fears over HIV details leak Posted on Thursday September 03, 2015

A man says he fears having to tell friends and family he is HIV positive after he was among 780 patients whose details were leaked by a health clinic.

Alcohol price plans face further delay Posted on Thursday September 03, 2015

Plans to introduce minimum unit pricing for alcohol in Scotland face further delay, following an initial ruling by Europe's highest court.

Diabetes drug may help in leukaemia Posted on Thursday September 03, 2015

A drug used to treat diabetes could help in the fight against blood cancer, according to research in the journal Nature.

Children paralysed in polio outbreak Posted on Wednesday September 02, 2015

Two children have been paralysed in the first outbreak of polio in Europe for five years, the World Health Organization says.

NHS staff offered Zumba to stay healthy Posted on Wednesday September 02, 2015

NHS staff will be offered exercise classes in a bid to keep them fit and in work, NHS England's chief executive has announced.

Learning difficulties 'over-medicated' Posted on Wednesday September 02, 2015

People with learning difficulties in the UK are being inappropriately over-medicated, patient records reveal.

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.

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 - 3 September 2015 Posted on Thursday September 03, 2015

In the news today: building work is set to start on Alexander Devine Children's Hospice, the chief executive of Pilgrims Hospice speaks of her distress at the theft of collection tins, and Revd Carol Gully talks to Portsmouth News about her role as Spiritual Care Chaplain at the Rowans Hospice.

Videos from hospice DoLS event now available to view Posted on Thursday September 03, 2015

With two months left to respond to the consultation on proposals for the reform of the current framework for Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS), St Luke’s Hospice Sheffield have published videos from the conference they ran with Hospice UK and the Law Commission in July.

Workshops to be held to provide training for carer assessment tool Posted on Thursday September 03, 2015

More workshops have been organised to provide training for the Carer Support Needs Assessment Tool (CSNAT) – a person-centred approach to carer assessment and support in palliative care.

Ann Lee appointed as new CEO at St Margaret’s Hospice Posted on Thursday September 03, 2015

St Margaret’s Hospice has announced that its new CEO will be Ann Lee, the current acting CEO.

Daily News Roundup - 2 September 2015 Posted on Wednesday September 02, 2015

In the news today: Bruce Mason and Scott Murray write about the challenges family doctors face in identifying which of their patients has palliative care needs, Loros marks its 30th anniversary, and Derek Doyle explains the history of the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine.

Clinical trial to test effectiveness of palliative care for people with neurological conditions Posted on Wednesday September 02, 2015

A clinical trial currently underway at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) is examining whether patients with serious neurological conditions receive a positive benefit from earlier intervention by palliative care teams.

Last month of consultation for new model of reviewing care in Scotland Posted on Wednesday September 02, 2015

Proposals for a new model of reviewing the quality of care in Scotland are currently open to consultation; organisations and individuals have until the end of September to leave their feedback.

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.

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.