News from Hospice UK

Get the latest news and information from Hospice UK, and the wider UK hospice movement, on the very best of hospice, palliative and end of life care, innovation and good practice.

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  • Sep 22, 2020
    “The hospice helped my mum die how she wanted, surrounded by love”
    St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich and East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH) recently celebrated the first anniversary of their partnership, which has helped increase the provision of free palliative care across Great Yarmouth and Waveney with a more joined up service between the hospital and the hospice. Erika Clegg and her mother Rebecca benefited from this service when Rebecca needed palliative care; here Erika tells us about the support they received.
  • Sep 21, 2020
    Birmingham hospice launches service for homeless population
    Birmingham St Mary’s is today (Sep 21) launching a service that will ensure the city’s homeless population receives high quality palliative and end of life care, along with bereavement support that is tailored to their needs.
  • Sep 18, 2020
    Scottish Government plans review of adult social care
    Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP has announced an immediate review of adult social care in Scotland as part of the Scottish Government’s priorities for the coming year. Hospice UK's Policy and Advocacy Manager for Scotland Helen Malo, explains what the review will look at.
  • Sep 18, 2020
    On the frontline: "By doing my job, I'm keeping patients safe"
    Michelle Aldous works as a housekeeper at ellenor in Kent. Her role making sure the hospice ward is safe and clean has been more vital than ever since the pandemic began. Here she tells us about her day-to-day role and how it changed when the lockdown started.
  • Sep 17, 2020
    Children’s hospice introduces paediatric simulator for staff training
    Children’s hospice Chestnut Tree House has started training staff using a state-of-the-art paediatric simulator called SimJunior.
  • Sep 16, 2020
    ​ How Saint Francis Hospice delivered care throughout the pandemic
    When the coronavirus pandemic was declared, hospices faced the challenge of continuing to deliver their services while keeping patients, their families and staff safe from infection. Saint Francis Hospice's Director of Quality and Care, Tes Smith, explains the measures the Essex charity put in place to continue providing care.
  • Sep 15, 2020
    Bolton Hospice announces new day therapy services
    Bolton Hospice is planning to launch a new day therapy service to meet the growing demand for specialist palliative care in the local area.
  • Sep 15, 2020
    Teaching death literacy to children
    Lisa Patterson, Community Hospice Educator and RGN at St Nicholas Hospice Care in Suffolk, along with Dr Guy Peryer PhD, University of East Anglia, tells us about the programme she’s created to encourage children to talk openly about death, loss and grief.
  • Sep 11, 2020
    Children with life-limiting conditions on the rise in Scotland, study finds
    The number of babies, children and young people in Scotland living with a life-shortening condition is increasing, new research from Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) has found.
  • Sep 10, 2020
    On the frontline: “We set up 200 hospice staff to work from home in 3 days – it was incredible”
    Dawn Poon is the Systems Programme Director at Saint Francis Hospice in Essex. While this may not be a role that immediately springs to mind when we think of staff working on the frontline during the Covid-19 pandemic, here Dawn tells us about the huge task of completely redesigning the hospice’s IT systems so people could work from home.
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