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Pressure ulcers that occur at the end of life should also no longer be recorded separately, according to the recommendations published by NHS Improvement, which will start to be rolled out this year. See article in Nursing Times.

You can access a free DVD to help with training staff delivering end of life care by clicking here. It has been funded through the Commissioning for Learning Group and has been produced by the Norfolk and Suffolk Palliative Care Academy.

ReSPECT is a process that creates personalised recommendations for a person's clinical care in a future emergency in which they are unable to make or express choice.

Nursing Times reports on competencies for good end of life care laid out in new national framework here.

The National Council for Palliative Care is calling for radical changes in the way that communities support bereaved and dying people. The call follows the evaluation of early work by eight pathfinder groups aiming to develop compassionate communities. Click here.

Advance care planning is strongly associated with lower rates of hospital death and a range of quality outcomes. That was one of the conclusions from a report called Advance care planning in England: Is there an association with place of death? Full report on the BMJ website.

St Elizabeth Hospice is running a series of educational sessions on palliative and end of life care taking place on four consecutive Wednesdays during September and October 2016.  Click here for details and a pdf flyer.

End of life care “heading for a meltdown”, warns cancer charity. Link to story on Nursing in Practice website.

A practice briefing by Housing LIN entitled End of Life Care: Helping people to be cared for and die at home.

The Electronic Palliative Care Coordination Systems (EPaCCS): Improving Patient Care at End of Life - national conference is taking place on 17 March 2016 at The Hilton, Deansgate, Manchester M3 4LQ. For more information and to register, click here.

The 31st Norfolk Palliative Care Conference takes place on Thursday 12th May 2016 at the Bob Champion Research Centre at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Click here for more information. To book, call 01603 287227.

NICE urges doctors to treat dying patients as individuals - a report on BBC News  It says NICE called for a stronger focus on individual plans for each patient, saying their wishes and those of their family must be central. Doctors should not make snap decisions on end-of-life care - a report in The Guardian.

Better Endings is the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) dissemination centre’s first themed review focusing on the quality and organisation of care. The review aims to help those delivering, planning or using end of life services to ensure that the right care is delivered in the right place at the right time.

A global study into end-of-life care recently ranked the UK as the best place in the world to die. However, groundbreaking new guidance suggests that professionals fail to offer the same good support to terminally ill people who have autism or a learning disability, says a report in The Guardian.

A study from the University of Cambridge has raised questions about the widely-held assumption that most patients at the end of their lives prefer to die at home rather than a hospice or hospital. Click here for more information.

A report from Marie Curie, the charity for people with terminal illness, called The way we die now with personal stories of terminal illness in the UK.

A report from the BBC News website about the UK having the best end of life care in the world, and the report from The Economist Intelligence Unit.

The UK is billed as being the best place in the world to die, but the picture in the capital is far less rosy than national statistics suggest -  report from The Guardian newspaper.

Healthcare commissioners and service providers need to do more to avoid unnecessary and costly hospital stays at the end of life according to a report from the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC), Hospice UK and Marie Curie.

The report, Getting serious about prevention: enabling people to stay out of hospital at the end of life, warns that the NHS is paying too much to care for people approaching the end of life in hospitals, where they often don’t want or need to be. 

The Palliative and End of Life Care Partnership has published a new framework for action in making palliative and end of life care a priority at local level called Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care: A national framework for local action 2015-2020.

NHS England has launched an end of life community within its Code4Health programme to bring together clinicians, patients and commercial organisations to improve the ways in which people can manage and influence their own care, treatment and support towards the end of their life.

Here's a useful e-news publication from the the National End of Life Care Intelligence Network. 

A study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) based on the views of health and care staff on the perceived benefits and harms of integrated care pathways for the end of life. The study was published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and is based on the views of health and care staff