By Dr Joseph Hawkins, Consultant in Palliative medicine and end of life clinical lead, Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital. Twitter: @JoeHawk75825077 It seems to me that planning ahead is a little like eating your five fruit and veg a day. We all know we should do it, but it’s still difficult for many to […]
Excuse my ethnicity: Research in a world where whiteness is the “norm”
Dr Yinting Ta, Palliative Medicine Registrar at St Joseph’s Hospice, London and APM Research & Ethics Committee Trainee Representative Surprise! No one likes bad surprises, but I’m afraid I have one here. Yen et al.’s recent paper on the improved prognostic accuracy of the combined use of the ‘surprise question’ and palliative care screening […]
Crossing the sea for preferred place of death
By Dr Ben Anderson, IMT2, Respiratory Department, Royal Bolton Hospital (Ben.firstname.lastname@example.org) Co- Authors: Dr Rebecca Lennon, Palliative Care Department, Royal Bolton NHS Foundation Trust and Dr Rizwan Ahmed, Respiratory Department, Royal Bolton NHS Foundation Trust England and Northern Ireland (NI) are part of the United Kingdom. However, due to devolution, healthcare is organised separately […]
“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 […]
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 […]
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.email@example.com (@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 […]
“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 Executive, Gwaelod y Garth, Cardiff, UK Mark Taubert, Chair of Advance & Future Care Planning Strategy Group, Cardiff, NHS Wales The authors […]
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 […]
Virtual reality technology in palliative care – Winner of best poster prize for new technology abstract at EAPC conference 2022
By Dr. 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 summarises a systematic review and meta-analysis in virtual reality (VR) technology and its current […]
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 […]