Hospice care in the news

Media coverage highlights for Hospice UK and our member hospices.

Dr Ros Taylor MBE being interviewed

Coverage in The Guardian

Our Chief Executive was quoted in a feature published in The Guardian about volunteering which was published during Volunteers’ Week.

Hospice UK director quoted in The Sunday Telegraph and The Mirror

Dr Ros Taylor, MBE, was quoted in the Sunday Telegraph (print edition only) responding to proposals for an alternative name for palliative care, which was raised at a major oncology conference in Chicago. The story also featured in The Mirror.

Coverage of Hospice UK's report on planning for end of life care at local level

Our report on Health and Wellbeing Boards and Clinical Commissioning Groups, looking at how they consider the needs of dying people in their key assessments and strategies, was covered by Mail Online, The People, LBC Radio, the trade press – including Commissioning Review, Nursing Times and Municipal Journal – and extensively in the regional press.

Coverage of Hospice UK's response to RCP's end of life care audit

Our response to the end of life care audit published by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) was picked up by several national media outlets including the Daily Mail, Daily Express, The Guardian and The Huffington Post.

Dr Ros Taylor, MBE, was also interviewed by Channel 5 News and LBC Radio:

Letter published in The Guardian

A letter to editor from Dr Ros Taylor, MBE, responding to a report by the BMA highlighting changes needed in end of life care, was published in The Guardian.

Coverage in The Guardian

Jonathan Ellis, Director of Policy and Advocacy at Hospice UK, was quoted in The Guardian criticising a move by the Department of Health to include end of life care in its proposals to widen NHS charges for non-EU patients.

Mail on Sunday health feature

Sarah Russell, Head of Research and Clinical Innovation at Hospice UK, was quoted in a feature about one page profiles by patients receiving end of life care. The article also mentions St Catherine’s Hospice in Preston.

Letter from Hospice UK published in The Telegraph

A letter to the editor in response to a comment piece claiming that charities rely too heavily on public funding.

Coverage of Hospice UK’s response to NICE guidelines on the care of dying adults

Our response to new guidelines by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on the care of dying adults (published in December 2015) was picked up by more than 270 media outlets.

Hospice UK’s call for better training and close partnerships between hospitals and hospices was covered extensively across BBC news bulletins and programmes including the Today programme, BBC Breakfast, regional TV news bulletins, BBC News Channel and BBC News Online.

Other national coverage highlights included The Guardian, Sky News, Mail Online and trade press such as Nursing Times:

Coverage of the appointment of Hospice UK’s new CEO Tracey Bleakley

The appointment of our new CEO, Tracey Bleakley, was covered widely in the charity press including Civil Society, Charity Times and also an interview for the Big Hire column in Third Sector.

BBC coverage of positive CQC ratings for hospices

Jonathan Ellis was interviewed by Radio 4’s Today programme and BBC News Channel, commenting on positive CQC ratings for hospices. Jonathan was also quoted on BBC News Online:

BBC News Online feature on hospice care

BBC News Online published a feature about hospice care, which included comments from Dr Ros Taylor and nurse-consultant Diane Laverty at St Joseph’s Hospice.

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 News Online news story about the inspections.

Feature on hospice care published on BBC News 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 News 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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