Palliative Care

What Do You Know About Hospice Care?

Jonathan Ellis | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Ellis

The reality is that hospice care is delivered in a surprising range of settings, including in people's homes. In fact 90% of hospice care is delivered away from a hospice building. Hospice teams are also involved in educating staff working in other settings such as care homes and hospitals.

Why Are So Many Secondary Breast Cancer Patients Needlessly Suffering From Pain?

Danni Manzi | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danni Manzi

Breast Cancer Care recently surveyed women and men affected by secondary breast cancer, which cannot be cured. We wanted to establish if they were in pain because of the side effects of their cancer and treatment. Shockingly, we found that 90% of them were, many of them on a near daily basis.

Fairer Funding For Hospices Would Benefit Patients And The NHS

Jonathan Ellis | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK
Jonathan Ellis

These are tough economic times for statutory funding of healthcare. It would be unrealistic to expect NHS funding for hospice care, which has on average made up a third of funding (32 per cent) for adult hospices and 17 per cent for children's services, to be exempt from this.

Is It Depressing to Work at Hospice?

Yumiko Sato | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Yumiko Sato

Is it depressing to work at hospice? As a music therapist specializing in hospice I've been asked this question many times before. I can understand ...

Children's Hospice Week - Busting the Myths of Palliative Care

Rachel Braier | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Braier

Today marks the start of Children's Hospice Week - seven days of awareness raising, highlighting the vital care and support that these services provide to seriously ill children and their families.

Medical Research Is Not Funded By Selfies

Emma Watts | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Watts

My facebook timeline was flooded with selfies this morning. Bare-faced, no-filter (ahem) selfies, posted by friends in the name of cancer awareness and asking others to do the same. In my usual bleary-eyed, early morning confusion I couldn't understand why, on a social networking site where most of us scroll mindlessly through the interminable selfies of the people on our friends list every single day, another selfie would help cure cancer.

Power to the People: A Long Term Care Revolution

Ian Spero | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK
Ian Spero

Fuelled by the growth of electronic medical records, according to The Telegraph people of all ages are waking up to the potential of patient power...

Cancer Research Funding Reaches New Heights, but What About Holistic Care?

Ian Spero | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ian Spero

What is perhaps less well reported is that there are also thousands of people every year who are living with cancer long term, struggling to maintain their standard of living. And, while treatment has advanced significantly since the 1960s, palliative care has not.

Controversial End-Of-Life Care 'Should Be Scrapped'

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK

An independent review of a controversial end-of-life regime is likely to recommend that it is phased out, it has emerged. The review of the the Liv...

Spirituality - Another Vital Sign on the Doctor's Checklist?

Tony Lobl | Posted 02.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

The machine, beeping steadily away in the background, reassuringly spells life. Suddenly it goes haywire. Something's wrong. The patient needs urgent...

Dignity of Death and Palliative Care

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 14.01.2013 | Home
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Controversy has arisen around end-of-life care. In recent time questions were raised on the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) system, which is intended to ...

So the English Do Like Talking About Death After All

Imelda Redmond CBE | Posted 07.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Imelda Redmond CBE

It is often said that English people do not like to talk about death. Last week's publication of the first national survey of the bereaved has gone some way to dispelling such a notion.

MPs Debate Controversy Of Assisted Suicide Guidelines

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 27.05.2012 | UK Politics

MPs are debating the controversial guidelines on assisted suicide which could lead to some people avoiding prosecution for helping someone take their ...

MPs Debate Controversy Of Assisted Suicide Guidelines

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 27.05.2012 | UK Politics

MPs are debating the controversial guidelines on assisted suicide which could lead to some people avoiding prosecution for helping someone take their ...

MPs Debate Controversy Of Assisted Suicide Guidelines

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 27.05.2012 | UK Politics

MPs are debating the controversial guidelines on assisted suicide which could lead to some people avoiding prosecution for helping someone take their ...

More People Suffering From Terminal Illnesses Are Choosing To Die 'In Their Own Homes'

PA | Posted 19.01.2012 | UK

More than a fifth of people are now choosing to die in their own homes instead of hospitals, and the overall trend for deaths at home is rising, resea...

Breast Cancer Sufferers Living 'In Pain' Despite Available Drugs

PA | Posted 21.11.2011 | UK

More than a third of women with advanced breast cancer are living in pain despite drugs being available to help them, according to new research. A ...

Respecting Choice at the End of Life

James Harris | Posted 03.10.2011 | UK
James Harris

We are living, and many people are dying, in the midst of a stand-off in end-of-life decision-making. A clear majority of the public supports change to allow terminally ill, mentally competent adults the choice of a doctor assisted death in the last days and weeks of life.