Category Archives: Palliative Care

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

Research highlights need to improve end of life care in the community

A national survey of GPs has identified a number of barriers to good end of life care in the community, while a local study has implications for the design of out-of-hours services.

NICE guideline on Supportive and palliative care in adults

The title of the new guideline will be changed to “End of life care: Delivery of adult services for people in the last year of life” and the final scope is now available. The equality impact assessment for this NICE guideline has also now been published along with all of the stakeholder comments that were received during the consultation, and the developer responses to these comments.


“Hiding who I am” The reality of end of life care for LGBT people

Everyone should have the right to
high-quality palliative care when they
have a terminal illness, regardless of
their condition, where they live, or their
personal circumstances. The UK has
been ranked as the best country in the
world for the quality of palliative care
on offer here. However, access to this
care is patchy. One in four people who
need palliative care miss out each year.
LGBT people experience significant
barriers to getting palliative care when
they need it. This report explores why.

Virtual communities of practice: A tool to increase palliative care engagement‏

Dr James Jap is Clinical Director and Palliative Care Physician at Totara Hospice South Auckland, Manurewa, New Zealand and is one of the co-founders of the palliative care virtual community of practice, Palliverse.

Here, he explains the background to Team Palliverse’s  longer article published in the March/April 2016 issue of the European Journal of Palliative Care


‘Social workers must fight for service user rights and the profession’s soul’ – Community Care

Spiritual care is a core tenet of palliative care social work, but in his recent article Peter Beresford challenges the profession to remember to look after its own soul.  He argues that alliances between practitioners, service users and carers offer the best challenge to damaging policies.

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