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We will fight contract imposition - BMA Posted on Thursday February 11, 2016

Junior doctor leaders have promised to fight on after the government in England announced it will impose a new contract on the profession.

Routine operations target is missed Posted on Thursday February 11, 2016

The target for routine operations in England, such as hip and knee ops, has been missed for the first time.

GPs 'ignore child cancer concerns' Posted on Thursday February 11, 2016

Some 42% of parents of children diagnosed with cancer feel their concerns were ignored by GPs, research by cancer charity CLIC Sargent suggests.

Unfit at 40 'accelerates brain ageing' Posted on Thursday February 11, 2016

Lack of exercise in mid-life ages the brain as well as the body, research suggests.

Record rise in 'NHS dissatisfaction' Posted on Tuesday February 09, 2016

The biggest-ever rise in public dissatisfaction with the NHS was recorded last year, according to a long-running survey.

Heart transplant record is 'remarkable' Posted on Thursday February 11, 2016

The surgeon who operated on the world's longest-surviving heart transplant patient says surviving "in excess of 30 years" is "remarkable".

Mental health beds search 'a scandal' Posted on Tuesday February 09, 2016

The practice of sending mentally ill adults in England long distances for care is unacceptable and must end, an independent report says.

Flashes of light may stop jet lag Posted on Tuesday February 09, 2016

Exposure to short flashes of light at night could help travellers adjust to new time zones and avoid jet lag, according to scientists.

No safe way to suntan, experts warn Posted on Tuesday February 09, 2016

There is no safe or healthy way to get a tan from sunlight, new guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) warns.

Mutant sperm-factories spread in testes Posted on Tuesday February 09, 2016

Mutant sperm-factories spread in men's testicles as they age to increase the risk of children with genetic diseases, researchers have shown.

Cosmetic surgery ops on the rise Posted on Monday February 08, 2016

There was a sharp increase in the popularity of cosmetic surgery in the UK in 2015, figures show.

Safety recall of St John's Wort tablets Posted on Monday February 08, 2016

Packets of St John's Wort tablets are being recalled in the UK as a safety precaution after six batches were found to be contaminated with a toxin.

Bacteria 'see' like tiny eyeballs Posted on Tuesday February 09, 2016

Biologists discover how bacteria sense light and move towards it: the entire single-cell organism focuses light like a tiny eyeball.

Bed-bug DNA scanned for vulnerabilities Posted on Wednesday February 03, 2016

Scientists have sequenced the entire genome of the bed bug to help work out how to eliminate the pest, which has been developing resistance to existing insecticide sprays.

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

Daily News Roudup - 11 February 2016 Posted on Thursday February 11, 2016

In the news today: the Yorkshire Post profiles Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice community nurse Kate Abbot, Havens Hospices responds to an anonymous letter criticising the charity, and Katharine House Hospice celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Queen officially opens new Norfolk Hospice facility in Hillington Posted on Thursday February 11, 2016

The Queen officially opened the new Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House building last week, while Royal Trinity Hospice, Prospect Hospice and Shooting Star Chase have also received recent royal visits.

Love your local hospice: hospices join forces for TV ad campaign Posted on Thursday February 11, 2016

Sixteen hospices from across the West Midlands have joined together for a television advertising campaign, 'Love your local hospice', which seeks to raise awareness of the role they play across the region.

Growing a resilient workforce within palliative care Posted on Thursday February 11, 2016

It is increasingly clear that delivering high quality palliative and end of life care – whether in a hospice, community or hospital – can be challenging and, at times, extremely stressful and needs a workforce that is flexible, adaptable and highly resilient.

Daily News Roundup - 10 February 2016 Posted on Wednesday February 10, 2016

In the news today: Dr Kershaw's Hospice is now able to offer end of life care to patients in their homes, Overgate Hospice stars in the first episode of the new series of BBC One drama Happy Valley and Foyle Hospice is to hold art exhibition highlighting the issues associated with social isolation.

Hospice UK and Carillion launch new partnership Posted on Wednesday February 10, 2016

This week sees construction and support services company Carillion launch a new two-year charity partnership with Hospice UK.

CEO Kate Phipps to leave John Taylor Hospice to join Tŷ Hafan Children’s Hospice Posted on Wednesday February 10, 2016

John Taylor Hospice CEO Kate Phipps is to leave the Birmingham-based social enterprise after five years at the helm to take up the post of CEO at Tŷ Hafan Children’s Hospice in South Wales.

End of life care in Huntington’s disease and how the Huntington’s Disease Association can help Posted on Wednesday February 10, 2016

One of the aims of the Huntington’s Disease Association (HDA) is to support those providing palliative and end of life care for people with the condition. Here, HDA chief executive Cath Stanley tells us more about Huntington’s disease, why multidisciplinary support is vital, and how the HDA can support those providing care.

Daily News Roundup - 9 February 2016 Posted on Tuesday February 09, 2016

In the news today: Bury Hospice is to undergo an independent review of its governance and management, the Duchess of Cornwall will visit Prospect Hospice's new outreach centre, and Keech Hospice is mourning the death of fundraiser and patient Tony Jules.

Study finds fall in proportion of home deaths in south west Scotland Posted on Tuesday February 09, 2016

A study looking at place of death of around 20,000 people in Dumfries and Galloway found a steady fall in the proportion of home deaths between 2000 and 2010.

Northern Ireland Hospice trains colleagues from Highland Hospice on tele-mentoring Posted on Tuesday February 09, 2016

Northern Ireland Hospice has hosted its first Project ECHO training session, with three staff members from Highland Hospice travelling to Belfast for a three day 'immersion programme'.

Daily News Roundup - 8 February 2016 Posted on Monday February 08, 2016

In the news today: Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and St Catherine's Hospice are encouraging patients to write end of life plans, St Teresa's Hospice in Darlington celebrates its 30th anniversary and The Yorkshire Post launches a fundraising campaign for local children's hospices.

Royal Trinity Hospice celebrates Storytelling Week with songwriting workshop Posted on Monday February 08, 2016

Last week, as part of National Storytelling Week, patients and families at Royal Trinity Hospice took part in a songwriting workshop facilitated by the alternative-folk group Tir Eolas.

Liz Searle takes over as chief executive at Keech Hospice Care Posted on Monday February 08, 2016

Liz Searle, who has been acting chief executive at Keech Hospice Care since September, has been appointed on a permanent basis.

European Association for Palliative Care calls for nominations for prestigious award Posted on Monday February 08, 2016

Nominations for the Palliative Care Policy Development Award 2016 are now open.