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July 2013

Care certificate for HCAs and the phasing out of the LCP

Ministers confimred that the Liverpool Care Pathway is to be phased out

Ministers confimred that the Liverpool Care Pathway is to be phased out


The Sunday Times journalist Camilla Cavendish revealed the results of her review for the government into healthcare assistant education and training. Her main recommendation was that a mandatory Certificate of Fundamental Care be introduced for all HCAs.
All HCAs should complete care certificate, says Cavendish review


In a bid to help patients identify the roles of different types of staff, East Sussex Healthcare Trust introduced coloured lanyards. The initiative sparked a lively debate on
Trust introduces coloured lanyards for nursing staff


After months of speculation over its potential misuse and appropriateness, a national review of the Liverpool Care Pathway led by Baroness Julia Neuberger showed it could help patients have a dignified death. However, it also found cases where it was linked to poor care and made 44 recommendations on how end of life care should be given. This included phasing out the pathway itself and replacing it with a “personalised end of life care plan, backed up by good practice guidance specific to disease groups”.
Ministers confirm new procedures for end of life care


This one got you talking. Can nurses learn from TV hospital dramas? Study authors noted that the profession’s portrayal in hospital dramas was frequently based on stereotypes. But they argued there was also “value” to be gained from “engaging more closely” with contemporary media portrayals of nursing.
Nurses should watch TV hospital dramas, says academics


After altering discharge times to meet waiting targets, two former A&E sisters at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust found themselves struck off the register by a fitness to practise panel.
Mid Staffs A&E sisters struck off by NMC


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