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Patients are suffering in pain due to NHS rationing, which is affecting access to community nurses and hip operations, a new report says. People at the end of their life are being left for hours without pain relief due to nursing shortages, while other patients are denied access to operations…
Health and care workers looking after dying people in their final days must do more to ask about spiritual beliefs, experts have said. Spiritual wishes were only documented for one in seven people who died in hospitals in England who were able to communicate in their final days, a 2016…
Skills for Health, Health Education England and Skills for Care have today announced a new End of Life Care Core Skills Education and Training Framework, with the aim of providing tailored, high-quality care and support to patients with advanced incurable illness and their families. Health Education England commissioned Skills for…
Dying people are being left with inadequate round-the-clock pain relief and poor access to specialist help, according to new research. They are caught in a postcode lottery which affects whether their families are able to secure proper NHS end-of-life care on weekends and during the night, it suggests. In some…
Many nurses feel they are too busy to give dying patients high-quality care, a new poll suggests. Two-thirds of nurses from across the UK felt they were not given sufficient time to care for those nearing the end of their lives, it found. The poll of almost 1,000 nurses and…
Edge Hill University and Southport’s Queenscourt Hospice have launched a module to teach professionals and those delivering frontline services how to provide the best possible state-of-the-art care. Over 25 professionals working in hospitals, hospices and community settings gathered at the Hospice last week to begin their module in ‘Transforming Integrated…
A review of studies examining perceived life expectancy among people with long term health conditions has found patients may overestimate their life expectancy. In a review of more than 700 patients from the UK, Netherlands and the USA with heart, kidney or lung disease, it was found that patients were…
Increasing numbers of people who wish to spend their final days at home have been supported to do so, according to the latest Welsh Government annual report into the care of terminally ill people. An annual investment of over £1m in the Hospice-at-Home programme has enabled more people who are…
NHS trusts will be required to collect and publish the number of preventable deaths recorded on a hospital by hospital basis from next year, Jeremy Hunt has announced. A report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found "system-wide" problems in the way the NHS investigates preventable patient deaths with family…
There are "system-wide" problems in the way NHS investigates patient deaths which leave family members in the dark about failures in care, a damning new review has found. The review by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) highlights how NHS Trusts in England are "immediately on the defensive" with one family…
This guideline covers the planning and management of end of life and palliative care in for infants, children and young people (aged 0–17 years) with life-limiting conditions. It aims to involve children, young people and their families in decisions about their care, and improve the support that is available to…
Children and young people with life-limiting illnesses should be asked if they have a wishlist of achievements they want to accomplish, health officials have said. Medics or care workers developing care plans for youngsters should ask about their "life ambitions and wishes", according to new guidance on end-of-life care for…