New edition of Good Decision Making is the best guide to the Mental Capacity Act and end of life care

June 22, 2017

Source: The National Council for Palliative Care

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Date of publication: June 2017

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In a nutshell: The National Council for Palliative Care has published the second edition of “Good Decision-Making”, a guide to the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and end of life care. The new edition shows why the MCA matters, who it applies to and how to apply it in practice. It has been revised and updated in line with legal developments, and also includes a new section with information about Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS).

Length of publication: 1 page

Some important notes: The full document needs to be purchased from the NCPC website. Details can be found here.

 


Marie Curie launch new end of life care programme

May 17, 2017

Source: eHospice

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Date of publication: April 2017

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In a nutshell: Marie Curie has launched a new palliative and end of life care programme designed to meet the increasing demands of the UK’s ageing population. The Design to Care Programme has brought together experts from palliative care, engineering, design, social sciences and public health to put together a new framework. It is set to meet the increasingly complex palliative care needs of the UK’s population, and to be flexible enough to be rolled out anywhere in the UK for all people at the end of life.

Length of publication: 1 page


World religions and palliative care organisations publish charter on palliative care for older people

May 17, 2017

Source: ehospice

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Date of publication: April 2017

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In a nutshell: Representatives from major world religions and palliative care organisations have published a charter on palliative care for older persons. The charter recognises that: “each older person has full value and human rights, and contributes to society including when fragile and in need of care,” and sets out the barriers to older people accessing palliative care.

Length of publication: 1 page

Some important notes: The full charter can be accessed here.


Hospice and ambulance service team up on Facebook to train paramedics in end of life care

May 17, 2017

Source: eHospice

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Date of publication: April 2017

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In a nutshell: The Hospice of St Francis and The East of England Ambulance NHS Trust (EEAST) joined forces earlier this month with a live Facebook chat about paramedics called to emergencies of patients at the end of life. The event was part of the ambulance service’s End of Life Care Awareness month and aims to increase the skills and knowledge of its paramedic team in relation to managing patients at the end of life.

Length of publication: 1 page


Virtual reality helps hospice patients

May 17, 2017

Source: BBC Inside Out London

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Date of publication: March 2017

Publication type: Video clip

In a nutshell: A hospice in south London is using virtual reality (VR) to help benefit people who are approaching the end of their lives, by allowing them to enjoy experiences they might otherwise be isolated from. It is a joint initiative between Flix Films and Trinity Hospice in Clapham and is one of the many ways medical professionals are now using VR to improve patient well-being.

Length of publication: 8 minutes

Some important notes: A similar project is also taking place at a hospice in Leicester. Details can be viewed here.


New partnership to provide joined up palliative care across Sandwell and West Birmingham

October 18, 2016

Source: eHospice

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Date of publication: October 2016

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In a nutshell: A new palliative care hub has been launched by a collaboration between John Taylor Hospice, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, Crossroads Care, Age Concern, and Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust. The hub will provide seven-day access to a wide range of services for people in their last year of life, including hospice beds, domestic support and specialist palliative care.

Length of publication: 1 page


Successful launch of North Manchester Macmillan Palliative Care Support Service

November 4, 2015

Source: Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

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Date of publication: October 2015

Publication type: Press release

In a nutshell: The North Manchester Macmillan Palliative Care Support Service (NMMPCSS) was launched September 21 2015. The £560k service is part of the Macmillan Cancer Improvement Partnership (MCIP) and has been developed through a partnership between Macmillan Cancer Support, the Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups, The Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust, and St Ann’s Hospice. The service provides

  • Round-the-clock telephone advice, as well as visits and care in the home;
  • Dedicated professionals working together with patients and carers – seven days a week from 8am to 8pm
  • An open referral system for patients, carers and professionals. (Patients can refer themselves to the service)
  • Help with managing problems such as pain, sickness, breathlessness, and psychological and emotional support
  • Ways for people to talk about what is important to them in their care
  • Extra help at home when things are difficult, bringing support to carers