Palliative Care

Palliative Care Services Reform - England Needs to Heed Its Neighbours

Baroness Ilora Finlay | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK
Baroness Ilora Finlay

England has the chance through my Private Member's Bill to improve care. The Bill would require all commissioners to ensure their patient population has access to seven day specialist palliative care services, that patients and their families have a clear point of contact in a crisis, that there is advice available at all times to front line staff caring for dying patients and that such staff have all received core training in good end of life care.

Lets Talk About Death, So We Can Get on With Living

Stephanie Nimmo | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Stephanie Nimmo

We really don't handle the whole issue of dying well in this country do we? It's just not something spoken about, a taboo subject. We are all going to die so why do we not make sure our wishes are clear so that whenever or wherever it happens those who are left behind know what to do.

The BBC Drama Department Is A Terrible Place To Die

Jonathan Ellis | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK
Jonathan Ellis

Walford and Holby aside, I have visited hospices across the UK and I am yet to see one that would be described anything like "dingy" or "grotty".

Consider Evidence, Not Emotion or Off-The-Shelf Opinion, on 'Right to Die'

Baroness Ilora Finlay | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK
Baroness Ilora Finlay

I don't bulk-buy my opinions. I don't rely solely on emotion, polls of the general public or even the views of "people like me", to determine my position on where the balance of the law should rest. I consider the evidence.

Palliative Care Bill - We Need More Efficient and Equitable Care and Support for Those Most in Need

Baroness Ilora Finlay | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Politics
Baroness Ilora Finlay

With 355,000 people a year in need of palliative care in England alone, this conversation seems long overdue. The recent 'Dying without Dignity' report highlighted the problems and failings of a system that has the knowledge of what needs to be done but fails to make it happen.

Why Am I Blogging About Terminal Cancer?

Naomi Barrow | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

As a young person living with a parent who has a terminal diagnosis, I've discovered a fairly considerable hole in the people-dying-support-system stuff. There is a lot of support out there for children with a close family member who is dying; there is a fair amount of support for spouses and for parents of people who are dying.

Failings in Care Should Not Pave the Way for a Physician Assisted Dying Bill

Baroness Ilora Finlay | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK
Baroness Ilora Finlay

There is no excuse for turning a blind eye to distress; those providing care, whether care assistant, family, nurse or doctor need to know they are supported in doing what the patient needs, not shackled by risk averse attitudes that paralyse common sense and hinder care provision.

You Only Die Once - Why Dying Matters

Joe Levenson | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK
Joe Levenson

Whether it's through writing a will, making financial plans, planning for our future care and support including through making a Lasting Power of Attorney, or deciding whether we want to join the organ donor, all of us can increase the likelihood of getting our wishes met and reduce the chances of life after our death becoming even more difficult for the people we care about.

What Does Quality Really Mean in Hospice Care?

Jonathan Ellis | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK
Jonathan Ellis

More recently, the new inspection regime introduced by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) - the regulator for health and adult social care in England - is helping provide a better understanding of quality in hospice 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...