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A hospice visit reveals the ‘noun’ and the ‘adjective’

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St Margaret's of Scotland Hospice, Glasgow

I’ve visited many hospices over the years so there’s a sense of familiarity about them, but amongst the ‘pattern recognition’ there’s always a unique feature that jumps out, grabbing the attention. No matter how much one believes rationally in the ‘main-streaming’ of palliative care into the whole healthcare system, there is still something about the individuality of hospice… Continue reading

Scottish Government launches its Strategic Framework for Action on Palliative and End of Life Care

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Professor David Clark, Wellcome Trust Investigator, University of Glasgow

I believe that the Strategic Framework for Action on Palliative and End of Life Care has captured the core issues that face us in improving care in Scotland for people with life limiting illness and those close to them. The Scottish Government’s document avoids the pitfalls of ‘top-down’ and ‘checklist’ directives, but provides a clear vision and… Continue reading

Join the discussion about hospital inpatients in Scotland who are in the last year of life

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Professor David Clark

It is a rare experience in an academic career to carry out a project with a simple research question, to publish the findings and then to find there is unprecedented interest from many quarters.   That was how things worked out with our study of the imminence of death among a national cohort of hospital inpatients,… Continue reading

International comparisons in palliative care provision: A report for the Scottish Parliament

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Scottish Parliament at Holyrood, Edinburgh

Professor David Clark has given evidence to the Scottish Parliament Health and Sport Committee inquiry on palliative care. The full text of his written report International comparisons in palliative care provision: What can the indicators tell us? is now available. As Wellcome Trust Investigator on the Global Interventions at the End of Life research project… Continue reading

Discussing a Scottish end of life care strategy

Published on: Author: Rev Dr Hamilton Inbadas 1 Comment
Reverend Hamilton Inbadas

The Scottish Government Palliative and End of Life Stakeholders Group had its first meeting in Glasgow on the 24th of March 2015, organised by the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care. The purpose of this group is to contribute to and inform the ongoing development of the development of a national Strategic Framework for Action for… Continue reading

Undergraduate project on Maggie’s Centres in Scotland – by Lorraine Manley

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Recently I had an opportunity to spend time at some of the Maggie’s Centres throughout Scotland.   This formed part of a Medical Humanities project during the third year of my degree in Medicine.  As we know, an aim is always a good place to start and I set out to learn about the philosophy, development and core principles… Continue reading