Category list : Palliative care
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GP surgeries can now display a “daffodil mark” as a sign of commitment to improving end of life care, as part of a new partnership between the Royal College of General Practice and the charity Marie Curie.
Improvements to out-of-hours palliative care are urgently needed to protect people from harm and unnecessary suffering, researchers have warned.
A hospital in Oswestry is set to provide a national end-of-life care initiative to support patients in their final days of life and their families into bereavement.
Nursing shortages mean dying patients at a London trust do not always get the best care, Care Quality Commission inspectors have warned.
Researchers in London are aspiring to create a “step-change” in dementia care through an innovative study funded by a record-breaking grant.
National funding for children’s hospices is to rise by as much as £25m a year, NHS England has announced today.
An NHS leader, who is a registered nurse and health visitor, has been appointed as a new trustee for an end-of-life care provider in West Essex and East Hertfordshire.
A nursing team in London has done the “out of the ordinary” by helping a terminally ill patient to fulfil a final wish of going to the stay at the seaside with his family.
This last article in a three-part series examines the law and case law on difficult decisions in end-of-life care, such as discontinuing life-sustaining treatment
A hospice in North East England has received national recognition for its “pioneering” use of technology to prevent pressure ulcers.
Researchers have published the first set of indicators intended to specially help measure the quality and impact of palliative day services across the UK.
This second article in a series of three explores the legal issues around medical decision making in children and young people who are approaching the end of life
Health professionals require more guidance to prepare and support children when a parent is dying, according to researchers in Surrey.
Rose geranium oil may help tackle a painful nasal condition that is an unpleasant side effect of chemotherapy, suggest a new small-scale study from the US.
This article, the first in a three-part series, explores some of the legal issues nurses may face when caring for adults at the end of life. It outlines the legal mechanisms that help nurses support their patients’ wishes
The stress of nursing the terminally ill is one of the themes of a new play about two teenagers who meet in a hospice.
A large retrospective study by the National Institute for Health Research has found nationwide variation in the timing of referral to hospice care. Older people were referred closer to death than younger people
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’This book is aimed at professionals with a special interest in palliative care’
A specialist Macmillan nurse in neuro-oncology at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge has stressed the importance of using plain terminology when breaking devastating news to seriously ill patients and their families.
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’This book is aimed at anyone with an interest in volunteering in hospice and palliative care’
A charity leader has said end-of-life care services are “more important than ever” after new figures revealed death rates in England are on a steep incline.
Nurses must stop attempting to distinguish between “avoidable” and “unavoidable” pressure ulcers to help ensure all are properly investigated, says new official reporting guidance.
The first trial of a pioneering new skin damage scanning device in an end of life setting has indicated that its use by nurses can reduce pressure ulcers.
Nurses at the first hospice in the UK to trial a ground-breaking scanner designed to detect pressure damage say the device has helped them act sooner to stop ulcers developing and raises questions about the value of traditional skin assessments.
Adults with some incurable diseases are not receiving palliative care from hospices early enough during their illness because of the timing of referrals from other services according to researchers.
A nurse-led initiative in which hospice staff have taken their expertise on end of life care into prison settings has been recognised with an award.
’This book is relevant to all health and social care professionals who care for people living with dementia’
Upsetting experiences of end of life care, including nurses and doctors refusing or seeming “frightened” to provide pain relief, highlight the need for urgent improvements in symptom management, say researchers.
A new booklet on end of life care in pancreatic cancer has been launched with the aim of helping nurse and other healthcare professionals to support patients and their loved ones.
A hospice provider says it is one of the first in the UK to drop the word “hospice” from its name, in order to challenge fear and misconceptions about its services.
A Midlands specialist midwife and a charity founder have been asked by the government to lead a national review which could change the law for bereaved families.
The NHS is already struggling to cope with accident and emergency admissions involving patients who are in the last year of their lives and is heading for a “crisis”, a charity has warned.
A respiratory nurse’s reflections on her therapeutic relationship with a patient experiencing intractable breathlessness and on the challenges of ‘being with’ patients at the end of life
The number of health service trusts piloting a new bereavement care pathway for pregnancy and baby loss is to “almost triple”, according to the charity leading the developing of the initiative.
Coronation Street actress and former popstar Kym Marsh is helping launch a new set of awards focusing on nurses and midwives involved in bereavement care for the parents of babies that have died.
A charity has called for “greater dialogue” between healthcare professionals and families about what to expect, and what they can do, as the death of someone close approaches.
Patients with advanced cancer have a better quality of life in the weeks before they die if they receive palliative care early on, according to a new study.
A hospital nurse in Essex wants to create a “close-knit community” across the UK, both helping patients nearing the end of their lives and combating isolation among local people.
A hospital trust in Kent has worked with a local hospice to improve end of life care by introducing a new symbol to alert staff when a patient is expected to die soon or has just died.
A group of student nurses developed a wish list to prompt patients and health professionals to have conversations about end-of-life care
The NHS in England is to become first healthcare system in the world to publish data on the number of “avoidable” deaths that occur in healthcare settings, the government has announced.
The level of community-based support from hospices has risen year-on-year, a new report shows.
Hospices in England and Wales will be able to offer funeral services direct to families for the first time with the launch of a franchise scheme that could help bolster funding for vital end of life care.
A paediatric palliative care model pioneered by a hospice charity in Scotland should be extended across the country, according to a new report.
A Colchester ward sister is setting up a group of volunteers to make blankets for patients who are nearing the end of their lives and also to reduce loneliness among the knitters themselves.
A new mesothelioma clinical nurse specialist has been appointed to support the high number of patients with the condition across Merseyside and Cheshire.
Emma Bleasdale, from the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, was named “nurse of the year” last night at the Nursing Times Awards.
Appointing a palliative care team nurse to coordinate fast-track discharges at the end of life can help ensure patients can be cared for, and die, in their preferred place