Hospice care in the news

Media coverage highlights for Hospice UK and our member hospices.

Dr Ros Taylor MBE being interviewed

Feature on hospice fundraising in the Mail on Sunday’s financial section

A feature about hospice fundraising which includes comments from Dr Ros Taylor, Hospice UK’s National Director for Hospice Care and case studies from Isabel and Bluebell Wood hospices.

Hospice UK Policy Director interviewed on Radio 4’s Today programme and BBC News Channel

Jonathan Ellis was interviewed by Radio 4’s Today programme and also BBC News Channel commenting on positive Care Quality Commission (CQC) ratings for hospices.

Jonathan was also quoted in a BBC Online news story about the inspections.

Feature on hospice care published on BBC Online

The feature entitled “How hospices care for the dying” included a quote from Dr Ros Taylor and also Diane Laverty, a nurse-consultant at St Joseph’s Hospice.

Letter from Hospice UK published in The Observer

A letter to editor which highlighted strong Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection results for hospices.

Letter from Hospice UK published in The Telegraph

A letter from Hospice UK Chair Lord Howard about how hospices can help hospitals improve end of life care was published in The Telegraph.

Hospice UK and member hospices featured in Channel 5 series about dying and end of life care

Our Chair, Lord Howard, was interviewed by Channel 5, as part of their series on dying and end of life care.

The series ran nightly on Channel 5’s 5pm and 6.30pm news bulletins and covered a range of issues including; taboos around death, reduced statutory funding for hospices, where people prefer to die and the lack of palliative care training in hospitals.

Footage from several of our member hospices also featured in the series.

Saint Francis Hospice in Romford

Patients and staff from the 'This is Your Life' group at Saint Francis Hospice are interviewed by Channel 5.

Members of the group are encouraged to reflect on their lives and talk to their families about death and their preferences and wishes at the end of life.

Cornwall Hospice Care

George, who has prostate cancer and receives support from Cornwall Hospice Care talks about living with his condition, achieving his dream trip sailing from, Falmouth to the Isles of Scilly, and about “making something of every day he has”.

Feature about hospice care on BBC Online

A feature published on the BBC website, in July 2015, entitled 'Is it time to help the hospices?' focused on the support provided by Phyllis Tuckwell hospice for terminally ill people and their families. The feature includes a range of key facts and statistics about hospice care.

Coverage of Hospice UK’s joint survey with Together for Short Lives

Our joint survey with Together for Short Lives on statutory funding and commissioning arrangements for hospices was covered by several national media outlets including:

Coverage of Hospice UK report in Nursing Times

Our report on rehabilitative palliative care was covered by Nursing Times.

Letter from Hospice UK published in The Times

A letter from our Chair, Lord Howard, published in The Times – in response to a report by the Parliamentary Health Ombudsman, which highlighted failures in end of life care in hospitals.

Coverage of Hospice UK’s joint report with the Point of Care Foundation on building resilience in the hospice workforce

A blog from our Practice Development Lead Marie Cooper was published in The Guardian.

The resilience report featured in the health trade press, including Nursing Times. 

Hospice UK responds to Health Select Committee’s report into end of life care

Our National Director for Hospice Care, Dr Ros Taylor MBE was interviewed by Sky News about recommendations from the Health Select Committee for improving end of life care.

Jonathan Ellis, our Director of Policy and Advocacy, is quoted in the Telegraph calling for the Government to “end the shameful situation where dying people are forced to pay for their social care needs.”

Letter from Hospice UK published in The Telegraph

A letter from our Director of Policy and Advocacy- Jonathan Ellis - published in The Telegraph, highlighting how hospices can help reduce pressures on hospital beds.

Hospice care featured on Radio 4's Today programme

Our Chair, Lord Howard, and Dr Ros Taylor MBE, National Director for Hospice Care, were interviewed on Radio 4’s Today programme by presenter Justin Webb. The footage included interviews with patients and staff from the Hospice of St Francis in Berkhamsted.

  • Main feature on hospice care – February 2015

  • Lord Howard's interview – February 2015

Hospice UK comment piece in The Telegraph

An opinion piece from our Chair published in The Telegraph highlighted how hospices can help reduce service pressures on hospitals.

Comment piece from Hospice UK's Chair in The Spectator

An opinion piece in The Spectator’s health supplement about our programme to reduce unnecessary deaths in hospital

Hospice UK's response to RCN's survey on end of life care

Dr Ros Taylor MBE was quoted in The Telegraph responding to a survey by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) on end of life care.

Coverage highlights of Hospice UK's rebrand

News of our rebrand was covered in the charity and marketing press including:

Hospice UK's response to VAT rebate

Our reaction to the VAT rebate for hospices announced in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.

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