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New palliative care research forum

All palliative and end-of-life care researchers in Scotland are welcome to attend a meeting of the new Scottish Research Forum for Palliative and End of Life Care. The group will meet on Friday 6 May at St Columba’s Hospice, Edinburgh.

The Scottish Government's Strategic Framework for Action for Palliative and End of Life Care outlines 10 specific commitments related to improving palliative and end of life care in Scotland, including Commitment 5:

"We will strengthen and co-ordinate research and knowledge exchange across regions, institutions and disciplines by taking further action to support the establishment of a Scottish Research Forum for palliative and end of life care."

The framework specifies that a strategic approach needs to be taken to develop a sustainable and innovative national programme of research that directly informs clinical practice and policy. It is specified that the Research Forum “will provide a platform to share emerging examples of good practice and experience of what works, for whom and why, facilitating knowledge exchange, informing evidence-based decision making and driving quality improvement”.

All palliative and end-of-life care researchers in Scotland are welcome to attend the new Research Forum, which will meet on Friday 6 May at St Columba’s Hospice, Edinburgh. It will start at 10.30am and finish at 4pm with coffee from 10am and lunch at 12.30.

There will be an opportunity to hear about the rationale and great potential of this Forum from Tim Warren, the new Policy Lead at the Scottish Government. There will also be the opportunity to discuss the terms of reference of the group, and for participants to consider how their own research can contribute to the commitments set out within the Strategic Framework for Action. There will also be a presentation about a proposed scoping review of Scottish research, and the chance to meet research users from NHS Education Scotland.

If you would like to attend please inform Susan Thorburn directly at St. Columba’s Hospice with a copy of the email to Anne Finucane by 29th April.

New report on public health approaches to palliative care

The Scottish Public Health Network has published Palliative and end of life care in Scotland: The rationale for a public health approach.

The report aims to examine the rationale for applying a public health approach to palliative and end of life care, and to explore where and how public health approaches could be applied to support local service planning and delivery. The report is accompanied by 5 briefing papers and includes 17 recommendations.

The full report can be accessed here:Palliative and end of life care in Scotland: The rationale for a public health approach.

SPPC response to Dementia Dialogue

The SPPC has produced a response to the Scottish Government's National Dementia Dialogue 2015. The response can be viewed here: SPPC Response to Consultation: National Dementia Dialogue 2015: Have your say

 


 


Consultation: Development of Emergency Care and Treatment Plan

A consultation has been launched on the draft Emergency Care and Treatment Plan and associated documents.

The purpose of the ECTP is to record a summary of decisions about what care and treatment a person would or would not want to receive, if their health deteriorates and they are unable to make those choices at the time. The decisions recorded on the form should provide immediate information to guide health professionals in an emergency.

It aims to ensure that each individual receives the best possible treatment for their specific situation in any setting (e.g. their home, nursing home, hospital, hospice, or during an ambulance journey).

The consultation ends on Monday 29 February, and can be accessed here: ECTP Consultation

Strategic Framework for Action

The Scottish Government has published a new Strategic Framework for Action for Palliative and End of Life Care. The Framework, an Executive Summary and a Supporting Evidence Summary can be downloaded here: weblink

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