“A virtual friend”: Does artificial intelligence provide a solution to loneliness?

By Dr Matthew Doré, Palliative Care Consultant in NI Hospice and Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast, Chair of the PCC   There are many differences between ‘real life’ and the virtual, or digital life (social media / internet personae / virtual projections). For me, one of the foremost is that our endearments and faults reside in […]

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Welcome to the department of rebrands.

By Dr Joseph Hawkins, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Ashford and St Peter’s Clinical End of Life Lead, UK. Twitter: @JoeHawk75825077 “We pride ourselves on rebranding here- sewage workers? Perhaps you’d prefer ‘essential underground sanitary removal operators’? Bus drivers? So mundane, so passé, surely you deserve the nomenclature of ‘skilled mass micro-migration managers’. Et voilà, the role […]

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Walking the Walk: How can we use carers’ experiences to improve end-of-life care?

By Dr Erica Borgstrom The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, UK, MK7 6AA Erica.borgstrom@open.ac.ul  (@ericaborgstrom); Claire Henry MBE, School of Health Wellbeing and Social Care, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK (@clairehenry_); Marie Cooper, St Christopher’s Hospice, London, UK (@mariecooper100); Roberta Lovick, Lay carer representative, Norwich, UK and Kerry Jones, School of Health Wellbeing […]

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“Sharing and involving online”- Outline Business Case for a national electronic Advance and Future Care Planning solution, accessible to care providers and patients

Authors Lucy McLintock, Partner at  Channel 3 Consulting, London, UK Sarah Armitage, Principal Consultant at Channel 3 Consulting, London, UK Steve Ham, Chair, National Programme Board, End of Life Care, NHS Wales Collaborative, Gwaelod y Garth, Cardiff, UK   The authors summarise the content of a recently completed Outline Business Case (OBC) to develop an […]

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No longer in vogue

By Dr. Joseph Hawkins, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Ashford and St Peter’s Clinical End of Life Lead, Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust. Twitter: @JoeHawk75825077     Pah!  Dying, it’s hardly fashionable, is it?  It’s like it is all the rage… (That was a Dylan Thomas reference, in case you missed it), But it’s hardly […]

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Virtual reality – Best Poster prize for new technology abstract at EAPC conference 2022

By Nicola White, Research Fellow, Marie Curie Research Department, University College London One of six winning conference poster abstracts from the 12th World Research Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care 2022 is outlined in this article. The abstract focused on virtual reality (VR) technology and its current evidence base. In particular, how does […]

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War, morality, palliative Care

By Dr Matthew Doré, Palliative Care Consultant in NI Hospice and Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast, Chair of the PCC Are there moral similarities between War and Palliative care? Did you notice Vladimir Putin felt he had to justify the war in Ukraine by describing it as a ‘just cause’? – by Russia liberating the tyranny […]

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A project to identify the patients who we know we are missing.

By Dr. Joseph Hawkins, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Ashford and St Peter’s Clinical End of Life Lead, Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust. Twitter: @JoeHawk75825077   How do you identify the most unwell patients who aren’t already being identified- this is the question we have been asking ourselves. Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital NHS […]

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Diagnosing dying.

By Dr. Joseph Hawkins, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Ashford and St Peter’s Clinical End of Life Lead, Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust. Twitter: @JoeHawk75825077 ‘I’m making them palliative, please can you come and see them’. I prefer to think of myself as the firefighter and not the arsonist- that is to say as […]

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