All posts by Caroline Charrington

Dying Matters: Talk about it, palliative care expert says

Families and even health care workers need to get used to talking about death more to make it easier, a palliative care specialist has said.

Hospice consultant nurse Dinah Hickish said demystifying fears could help make dying feel like a “normal process”.

Ms Hickish, based St Kentigern Hospice, St Asaph, Denbighshire, spoke out to mark Dying Matters Awareness Week. Read more

Why social workers are marching 100 miles in protest against austerity

BASW along with people who use social services, have organised a march from Birmingham to Liverpool to call for an end to the UK government’s austerity policies. Over seven days, starting on 19 April, social workers, service users, carers and others will walk almost 100 miles, visiting food banks and social care settings under threat from funding cuts along the route, to hear from those whose lives have been devastated by austerity.

Read more here

An article in The Guardian too – click here

NCPC and Hospice UK boards agree to begin process of merger

On Wednesday 29th March, the trustee boards of both Hospice UK and the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) agreed to work towards the merger of the two organisations. The process of due diligence and formal merger agreement is being taken forward from today.

Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of Hospice UK, will become the Acting CEO of NCPC from May 31st during the interim period before a merger is agreed. Hospice UK also announced that Claire Henry MBE, current Chief Executive of NCPC, will be joining the Hospice UK team as Director of Improvement and Transformation in June this year. 

Let’s tackle ‘careism’ and give workers the respect they deserve

The word “careism” was originally coined in relation to discrimination against young people in care. It is time to re-appropriate the term to refer to negative and devaluing attitudes directed at social care and those who work in the sector. Careism is endemic, both in and beyond social care services. Continue reading


Controlling and Coercive Behaviour Resources

The Chief Social Worker for Adults has launched a new set of resources in partnership with Women’s aid and Ripfa to help social workers identify controlling and coercive behaviour.

In December 2015, a new offence of controlling and coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship was brought into law under the Serious Crime Act 2015. The law recognises that a pattern of coercive control lies at the root of domestic abuse. These resources aim to support social workers and others to respond appropriately to any disclosures or observations of controlling and coercive behaviour. Please see below link to the resources, blogs by both Lyn and Polly Neate- CEO of Women’s aid with information about the resources and an article by Community Care.

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Lifetime Achievement Award: Suzy Croft, St John’s Hospice Community Care Awards

It is amazing how someone who was once just a stranger can suddenly mean the world to us,” say one couple of their nine-year relationship with Suzy as service users.

Suzy, who retired in March 2016, spent three times that long as a practising social worker. The last 23 years were spent in one place – St John’s Hospice – where she made a huge impact on the lives of many people as a specialist palliative care social worker.



Study at one of the strongest Centres of palliative care research in the world on the MSc Palliative Care programme at the Cicely Saunders institute (King’s College London)

Study at one of the strongest Centres of palliative care research in the world. The MSc Palliative Care programme at the Cicely Saunders institute (King’s College London) is run in collaboration with St Christopher’s Hospice.

The programme is designed for all health and social care professionals working in palliative care and related areas. Here is a link to the MSc webpage if you would like to read about the programme in more depth.

Children’s Grief Awareness Week UK #MakeTime2Listen 17-23 November 2016

The Childhood Bereavement Network is teaming up with Grief Encounter and members across the UK to raise awareness of the needs of grieving children in our communities. Running from 17-23 November with a theme of #MakeTime2Listen, the Week is a great opportunity to us to join together in support of bereaved children and their families.

On 17th November they will be releasing research about how bereaved children deal with their worries, and on 18th November they will  be sharing films made by young people about why it’s important to #MakeTime2Listen. Look out for some amazing celebrity support organised by Grief Encounter, and blogs from widowed parents and families.

Introduction to Research for Pallliative Care Social Workers

On  Friday 11th November the Introduction to Research for Palliative Care Social Workers day was held in conjunction with KCH at the Cicely Saunders Institute and as the result of an initiative from Emily Madsen at Rowcroft Hospice and Steve Marshall at KCH.

The feedback from the day was excellent and we have now attached the presentations, in case any members are interested.