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Two new DVDs from the National Council for Palliative Care aim to help staff better understand key parts of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA). This in turn will improve the implementation of the Act and help people receive better end of life care. The DVDs were produced with support from…
Rio Ferdinand has been widely praised for giving a powerful account of losing his wife Rebecca to cancer and raising their three children without her. She died aged 34 in 2015, weeks after being diagnosed with the disease for a second time. As the BBC documentary was broadcast on Tuesday,…
A third of bereaved people claim the quality of end of life care their loved one received jeopardised their happy memories of that person, a new poll has found. Charity Marie Curie said it was sad to see so many memories were "tainted" by poor care. Its poll of 1,155…
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…
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