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End of Life Care

News and practice for end of life and palliative care nursing specialists

New palliative care guidelines launched for NHS in Scotland


New national guidelines on palliative care have been published for the NHS in Scotland, which include a “key” focus for healthcare professionals to consider the concerns and expectations of both the patient, their family and informal carers.

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MPs to begin 'broad' inquiry into palliative and end of life care


The Commons’ health select committee is today launching its latest inquiry into end of life care, in the wake of the controversy over the now withdrawn Liverpool Care Pathway.

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Audit of NHS care for the dying published

Audit of NHS care for the dying published

“Thousands of patients are “dying badly” in NHS hospitals every year,” The Independent reports.

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End of Life Care a Guide for Therapists, Artists and Art Therapists

‘The need to tell our story in whatever way we can is part of being human and Nigel Hartley demonstrates with great wisdom, sometimes humour and always respect and dignity, just how powerful and important this role is.’

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'Why do so many patients with COPD still have no access to specialist nurses?'


Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) must come to terms with having a progressive and incurable disease that will increasingly limit their capacity for physical activity, and is almost certain to cause their death. And the fact that it affects the ability to breathe means they are constantly reminded of this frightening prospect.