Five tips on how to write a winning blog for BMJ SPC

By Professor Mark Taubert  BMJ SPC Journal Editor & Blog Curator  Twitter Here are some tips if you are hoping to write an article for our highly accessed blog series.   “This article is boring, just bloody boring!” said the editor-in-chief (EIC) at the journal editorial meeting. “This research writing,” he fumed, “covers important new […]

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The Sound of covid-19:   Binaural Recordings of a Palliative Care Ward Round in a Cancer Hospital.

By  Professor Mark Taubert, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Velindre University NHS Trust & Cardiff University School of Medicine, Cardiff, UK  Mr Glenn Davidson, Artstation, Cardiff, UK Dr Mike Fedeski, Artstation, Cardiff, UK Dr Jelle van Gurp, Coordinator Clinical Ethics Radboud University Medical Centre; Assistant professor Ethics of Healthcare, Nijmegen, Netherlands “The pandemic has created an […]

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‘Don’t judge the book by its cover’- Clinicians and charities speak out about the positive role DNACPR conversations can play in providing good care

Authors: Dr Linda Dykes, Consultant in Emergency and Interface Frailty Medicine Professor Mark Taubert, Palliative Medicine Consultant  Usha Grieve, Director of Partnerships and Services, Compassion in Dying, United Kingdom This article and its accompanying joint statement links to a news report in the Independent  The Covid-19 pandemic has brought Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) […]

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New guidance published on assessing patients in an ambulance

by BMJ Blog News   The UK’s Royal College of Physicians has published new ethical guidance for frontline staff dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, supported by more than a dozen other health organisations. Members of the RCP’s Committee on Ethical Issues in Medicine developed the guidance, which is supported by nine other Royal Colleges and […]

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Academic Supportive Oncology Fellowship

By Professor Declan Walsh, Hemby Family Endowed Chair in Supportive Oncology, North Carolina, USA The Department of Supportive Oncology at the Levine Cancer Institute (LCI) is seeking a Fellow to complete a comprehensive post-graduate academic year in their internationally recognized center for supportive care in cancer. About the Fellowship: • Train to become a next […]

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Compassionate Cymru Wales: bold step towards better endings

by Lesley Bethell, steering group chair of Compassionate Cymru, Wales, UK   Introduction Compassionate communities have been seen as one element of public health approaches to end of life care, driven by concerns around scarce resource allocation in the face of unmet need.(1)  One of the drivers for shifting support towards public health here in Wales, […]

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The Development and Implementation of a National Covid-19 Hospital Guideline for Wales

Rhys Jeffries; Simon Barry; Laura Wallis; Chris Davies and Mark Taubert on behalf of the Respiratory Health Implementation Group Wales, the Institute of Clinical Science and Technology and the NHS Wales Health Collaborative, Cardiff, UK Guideline website:  https://covid-19hospitalguideline.wales.nhs.uk/ Introduction: It became evident in early March 2020 that clinical practice in managing COVID-19 varied markedly across […]

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