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  • 12Apr

    Marie Curie launches new video: What to expect at the end of life

    In the film Marie Curie Nurse, Maria, describes the common changes that people might notice in someone’s last weeks, days and hours of life. Peter, Shital and Tracey also talk about their personal experiences of looking after their loved ones during this time. The film is primarily aimed at family and friends of someone who…

  • 1Apr

    The Game that continues to inspire a decade on

    Ten years ago The Conversation Game launched in the UK. In that time the cards have been used by individuals wishing to explore what matters most to them and by families looking for a practical way to begin talking with each other around some of these incredibly difficult subjects. GPs and front-line healthcare staff continue to…

  • 24Feb

    Daffodils set the standard for end of life care

    GP surgeries will now be able to display a daffodil mark as a sign of commitment to improving end of life care, as part of a new partnership between the Royal College of GPs and the terminal illness charity Marie Curie. The mark, synonymous with the charity, is based on a new set of criteria…

  • 25Oct

    Talking about dying: How to begin honest conversations about what lies ahead

    The Talking about dying report from the Royal College of Physicians seeks to offer advice and support for any doctor on holding conversations with patients much earlier after the diagnosis of a progressive or terminal condition, including frailty. Key recommendations: Ask the patient if they would like to have the conversation and how much information they would…

  • 31May

    Update from Conversations for Life

    The Conversations for Life Programme Engages communities to talk about and plan for our future care now. Developed in 2006 by a healthcare educator and community facilitator to make it easier for staff and the public to start these critical conversations earlier, we provide consultancy, facilitation and materials that inspire more people to: explore and express their wishes while healthy,…

  • 25Apr

    My future wishes: Advance Care Planning (ACP) for people with dementia in all care settings

    Guidance published on 9 April 2018 by NHS England This document aims to assist practitioners, providers and health and social care commissioners create opportunities for people living with dementia to develop an Advance Care Plan (ACP). The guide provides signposting, information and support for colleagues in health, social and community care settings, around advance care…

  • 22Feb

    Coordinate My Care launches online patient portal

    Highlighted in Digital Health, an online portal where patients can select their urgent care requirements has been launched across greater London. Coordinate My Care (CMC) is an NHS clinical service that informs GPs, hospitals, ambulance crews, 111 providers, care homes, hospices and out of hours services about a patient’s wishes for urgent and end of…

  • 16Feb

    Difficult conversations in end of life care

    This article, in the Conversation, explores a recent study which looked at the average duration of palliative care received by 2,500 patients who died from cancer.  The findings from the study show that more needs to be done to help patients who are dying from cancer. But this can only happen if oncologists and their patients have timely…

  • 30Nov

    What Now? Questions to ask after a terminal diagnosis

    Following research with more than 600 people living with a terminal illness or caring for someone at the end of life, Compassion in Dying has published an innovative new booklet: What now? Questions to ask after a terminal diagnosis. What now? is designed to help people ask questions and find the information they need, so that they can make…

  • 26Oct

    New resources from Age UK and the Malnutrition Taskforce to help people talk about death and dying

    Age UK and the Malnutrition Taskforce (MTF) have published a booklet and a short film to help people start positive conversations about death with loved ones. Funded by the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Health and Wellbeing Alliance, Age UK completed social research into what people would find helpful in supporting them to have conversations about death…

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