The state of the UK children’s hospice nursing workforce: a report on the demand and supply of nurses to children’s hospices

May 17, 2017

Source: Together for Short Lives

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Date of publication: April 2017

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report sets out what Together for Short Lives found when they carried out a snapshot survey of nurse vacancies at UK children’s hospice organisations in December 2016. They found that:
• the children’s hospice nurse vacancy rate has grown since 2015
• it is getting harder to recruit nurses to posts with increasing shortages of more experienced nurses
• the nursing shortfall means that children’s hospices are being increasingly forced to cut back the vital palliative care they can offer to families.

Length of publication: 28 pages


No regrets: how talking more openly about death could help people die well

May 17, 2017

Source: Macmillan Cancer Support

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Date of publication: April 2017

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report by Macmillan Cancer Support finds that more than 62,000 people die of cancer in hospitals each year in the UK despite a significant majority stating that they would like to die at home. It reveals the challenging obstacles that people face when discussing death and highlights the need for better communication to help people plan for their final days.

Length of publication: 15 pages

 


Heart failure and hospice care: how to make a difference

May 17, 2017

Source: Hospice UK

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Date of publication: May 2017

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This guide is intended for people providing and commissioning hospice services. Its purpose is to raise awareness of the need for a hospice-enabled approach to heart failure, and to suggest ways to engage with this issue using examples from services which have found creative solutions to move forward and overcome the challenges.

Length of publication: 44 pages


Cost-effective commissioning of end of life care: understanding the health economics of palliative and end of life care

March 9, 2017

Source: Public Health England

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Date of publication: February 2017

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: The first half of this report presents the findings of a review of the available literature on the costs and effectiveness of different initiatives and schemes designed to improve patients and carers experiences at the end of life. The second half of this report describes the new end of life care economic tool and the methodology underpinning this tool.

Length of publication: 72 pages

Some important notes: A user guide and analytical tool are also available to support this report.


Transferring patients home to die: what is the potential population in UK critical care units?

March 9, 2017

Source: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care 2017; 7: 98-101

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Date of publication: March 2017

Publication type: Short report

In a nutshell: This retrospective cohort study was undertaken to describe the size and characteristics of the critical care population who could potentially be transferred home to die if they expressed such a wish.

Length of publication: 4 pages


Dying to care: a report into social care at the end of life

January 10, 2017

Source: Marie Curie

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Date of publication: December 2016

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: In this report, Marie Curie, the Association of Palliative Care Social Workers, Hospice UK and MND Scotland call for a new approach to make sure that people living with a terminal illness and their carers in Scotland get the social care support they need to allow them to make the most of the time they have left.

Length of publication: 28 pages


Hospice care in the UK 2016

January 10, 2017

Source: Hospice UK

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Date of publication: November 2016

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report sets out the vital contribution that hospices in the UK make to supporting people with terminal and life-shortening conditions and explores the scope, scale and opportunities for hospice care in the UK in 2016.

Length of publication: 24 pages