Professor Sheila Payne, Dr Nancy Preston and Anthony Greenwood (DHR) from the International Observatory on End of Life Care, are part of a consortium which has been awarded European Commission funding (Euros 2,911.593) under the Framework Programme 7. &lquo;InSup-C: Patient-centered integrated palliative care in advanced cancer and chronic disease» aims to investigate the use of integrated care pathways in 6 European countries and make recommendations for their effectiveness to improve palliative care in cancer and chronic disease. The consortium involves 11 partners from 8 European countries and the USA, representing a number of disciplines and professions, and includes the World Health Organisation. InSup-C was launched on the 1st November 2012 and will run for four years.
Updated: 19 December 2012
Sheila Payne visited Qingdao, China from 11-14th October to follow up developments in palliative care which she originally initiated with Professor Yu in Wuhan in 2009. There was discussion about potential education links based on the framework of professional education developed by the European Association for Palliative Care. While she was there, Professor Payne also delivered the opening plenary talk at the 8th Chinese Cancer Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Conference.
Sheila's second visit was to a hospice in Katowice, Poland, where she met with the Medical Director Dr Artur Pakosz, staff and patients. She also delivered a plenary talk at the 10th Anniversary conference of the Polski Towarzystwo Medycyny Palliatynej (Polish Palliative Medicine Association) in Wisla on 21st October, further details of which can be found by clicking here.
Updated: 25 October 2012
Dr Ebun Abarshi, a medical doctor and Marie Curie Action Experienced Researcher with the EURO IMPACT project, describes her recent experience at the Euroscience Open Forum 2012, held in Dublin, Ireland between the 10th and 12th July, 2012.
To read the entire article, please visit the following link: EAPC Blog.
Updated: 02 August 2012
Ten members of the International Observatory on End of Life Care team attended the EAPC World Research Congress held in Trondheim, Norway from 7-9th June. This congress was attended by 1172 people from 49 countries where the best in palliative care research was shared in meet-the-expert sessions, plenary talks, symposia and poster presentations. The Observatory team were well represented in all aspects of the congress programme.
Updated: 21 June 2012
As part of Dying Matters Awareness Week, (14-20 May 2012), staff at the Observatory took to the campus to encourage students and staff of the University to be more open about dying and to think about writing a will, becoming an organ donor or to look out for those who have been recently bereaved.
Janet Rigby, a staff member and student at the Observatory, who organised the event at Lancaster, said "This event was a good opportunity to engage with students and staff, and to promote wider discussion of end of life issues".
You can view more information about Dying Matters Awareness Week by clicking here.
Updated: 15 May 2012
Professor Sheila Payne, Director of the International Observatory on End of Life Care, was thrilled to endorse the Centre for Palliative Care, Melbourne, clinical guidelines, "Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Psychosocial and Bereavement Support of Family Caregivers of Palliative Care Patients", published in 2011.
Developed for multidisciplinary health care professionals and clinical services commonly involved in caring for adult patients receiving palliative care in a variety of care sites throughout Australia, the guidelines may also prove valuable for the international palliative care community and for generalist health care providers who may occasionally care for palliative care patients and is available for download. Click this link to obtain a copy.
Updated: 25 April 2012
Professor Sheila Payne, Director of the International Observatory on End of Life Care, in the Division of Health Research, presented an invited plenary talk on comparisons between international models of palliative and end of life care in Asia and globally, at the Asian Oncology Summit in Singapore on 15th April. The Summit is the fourth such event organised by the prestigious journal Lancet Oncology. She also organised a workshop on development of palliative care in Asia with leading professionals from Singapore which will form the basis for a framework for development of palliative care in Asia to be published in Lancet Oncology. During her visit, Professor Payne also delivered a seminar on non-cancer palliative care to health professionals at Ang Mo Kio-Thye Hua Kwan Hospital.
Sheila is photographed above with colleagues at the Ang Mo Kio-Thye Hua Kwan Hospital. The Director of Nursing, Edward Poon, is on the left of the photo.
Updated: 06 March 2012
Observatory team members meet with other EU project members to discuss new and ongoing developments of the Access to Opioid Medications in Europe (ATOME) EU-funded project.
To read more about this story, visit the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) Blog here.
Updated: 06 March 2012
Janet Rigby has been appointed as a Research Associate in the International Observatory on End of Life Care, in the Division of Health Research, to a part time post that has been funded by the Cumbria and Lancashire Comprehensive Local Research Network (CLRN). Working within Lancaster University and in clinical settings, Janet will be assisting palliative care researchers with recruitment and data collection. Janet has many years of experience as a palliative care nurse, and is undertaking a part time PhD on the physical environment of hospice buildings, under the supervision of Professors Sheila Payne and Christine Milligan.
Updated: 28 February 2012
Dr. Thomas Lynch, a Research Associate with the International Observatory on End of Life Care (IOELC) in the Division of Health Research, FHM, has been appointed an Honorary/Visiting Professor of Palliative Care at the Kazakhstan School of Public Health in February 2012. Dr. Lynch has been working in Kazakhstan since 2009 on an Open Society Foundation project (in collaboration with Soros Foundation Kazakhstan) to develop palliative care standards in the country. Dr. Lynch will provide support to staff and students in the development of hospice and palliative care research proposals and engaging and continue to foster developing palliative care standards in Kazakhstan.
Updated: 23 February 2012
"Palliative and end of life care for children and young people: home, hospice, hospital" is a new title, authored by the Observatory's Dr Anne Grinyer.
This topical and timely text provides valuable insights into the choices and experiences of palliative and end of life care for young people with cancer and other life limiting illnesses. With a focus on palliative care provision across a range of different clinical settings, this comprehensive new resource explores care in the home, the hospice and hospital. It looks at how and where families and young people can access palliative care, and what support is offered to attain their preferred place of death. Bereavement support for families is discussed, as well as a discussion of multi-disciplinary work, interagency co-operation and resource issues.
People interested in obtaining this book can do so through most good book sellers, including Amazon.
The ISBN is: 978-0470656143
Updated: 20 February 2012
The Morphine Manifesto - A call for affordable access to immediate release oral morphine
In conjunction with World Cancer Day 2012 (4 February 2012), Pallium India, the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC), and the Pain & Policy Studies Group / WHO Collaborating Center at the University of Wisconsin, have released a Morphine Manifesto.
Signed by leading organizations and foundations from around the world, including cancer, pain management, and hospice & palliative care organizations, this Manifesto calls for an end to the unethical practice of promoting access to expensive opioid analgesics without also making available low cost immediate release oral morphine.
To read more information about the Morphine Manifesto, click here.
Updated: 28 January 2012