The provision of generalist and specialist palliative care for patients with non-malignant respiratory disease in the North and Republic of Ireland: a qualitative study

The aim of this research was to explore generalist and specialist palliative care service provision for people with non-malignant respiratory disease in the North and Republic of Ireland. It was published in BMC Palliative Care and full-text is available CLICK HERE

Authors:

  • Clare Mc Veigh
  • Joanne Reid
  • Philip Larkin
  • Sam Porter and
  • Peter Hudson
 

Care of the deceased patient and their family. A guideline for nursing practice in Northern Ireland

This guideline has been written by the HSC Bereavement Network for registered nurses, healthcare assistants and other healthcare professionals who may have responsibility for providing care during and after the death of a patient in acute, secondary or primary care settings.

The guideline aims to:

• Promote safe and sensitive care of the body at the time of and after death, taking into consideration the wishes of the deceased patient and their family

• Ensure the deceased person is treated with dignity and respect, and that cultural and spiritual needs are met

• Promote effective inter-agency working by outlining the roles and responsibilities of relevant professionals and organisations who are involved in caring for the deceased patient and their relatives

• Promote effective communication and provide information to assist families when dealing with the practical issues that arise as a result of the death eg. registration of death or a death that is referred to the Coroner

• Inform the development of relevant policy, procedures and protocols to guide the practice of health and social care staff

• Provide a resource that will be useful for pre and post registration training and education and contribute to the professional development of nurses in the care of the deceased patient and their family.

Full-text Click HERE

School for Change Agents

School for Change Agents is a 5 week online learning programme for change activists in health, social care and related sectors. It consists of five modules, handbook and study guides and is completely free. You can watch recording of the live webinars HERE

Module 1: Being a health and care agent: change starts with me

Module 2: From me to we: creating connections and building communities

Module 3: Rolling with resistance

Module 4: Making change happen

Module 5: Moving beyond the edge

Caring for Carers

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Caring for Carers produced by the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care is a website providing advice to carers and family caring for those with palliative care needs.

To access this website, click HERE

It is divided into the following topics:

  • Self-care,
  • Home care,
  • Practical care,
  • Common symptoms,
  • Caring in a hospice, hospital or residential home,
  • Advance care planning, legal matters and funerals
  • Care as death approaches
  • Bereavement

 

Cochrane Review: Circuit class therapy for improving mobility after stroke

This Cochrane review was published in June 2017 and evaluated the effectiveness of circuit class therapy for improving mobility after stroke. “There is moderate evidence that CCT is effective in improving mobility for people after stroke – they may be able to walk further, faster, with more independence and confidence in their balance. ” The full review can be accessed HERE