Mid-August 2016

Latest news

NICE guideline on Supportive and palliative care in adults
Having reflected at length on the range of comments received NICE have decided to retain this guideline and to develop a new guideline on the service delivery element of the end of life care for adults. The title of the new guideline will be changed to ‘End of life care: Delivery of adult services for people in the last year of life’ and the final scope is now available. The NICE website and all future correspondence will now refer to the new title. Where there is overlap between the two guidelines NICE will ensure consistency across recommendations and if appropriate update relevant recommendations within CSG4.

Ambitions for End of Life Care

There are two new publications relating to this:
National Palliative and End of Life Care Partnership (2016) ‘Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care: A national framework for local action 2015-2020′ and
NCPC (2016) ‘Each community is prepared to help: Community Development in End of Life Care – Guidance on Ambition Six’
You can access both of these via the ‘Ambitions for end of Life Care’ part of our Key Documents section.

Change of Editor

It’s been a privilege to be the editor for the last 5 years, but I’ve now handed over to Gary Windon, who takes over from August 20th. I’ll continue as Membership Secretary, but Gary will bring fresh vision to the website overall. Thank you all for your encouragement.

Other recent updates

Weddings and Funerals

There are some new items in the ‘Weddings and Funerals’ part of the Practical Resources section. There are now guidelines for shot notice marriage by dispensation in Scotland, and three resources to cover funeral planning, keeping funeral costs down, and a who-to-contact checklist.

Milton Crum

Many of you will have read Milton’s previous first-hand articles about bereavement and ageing. His latest article, ‘Decrepitude vs death’ is now available in the News and Study section.

Conference Presentations

Powerpoint files for all the main presentations are now available in the Conference files in the Training Information section. For copyright reasons, these are mostly text-only, but I’ve put in key words which will allow you to access the illustrations or their equivalents for yourself.

Publication request

Revd Dr Sally Nash at Birmingham Children’s Hospital is looking for 150-300 word stories / case studies / vignettes on any aspect of chaplaincy with children and young people in preparation for a book on paediatric chaplaincy due to be published in 2018. If you can help in any way, the links are here in the Research Information part of the News and Study Section.

Membership Renewal

If you wish to join the AHPCC (or renew your membership), you can access the form here. [2017 Membership Form]

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Mike Rattenbury, Editor


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