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Effective Non-Medical Prescribing in End of Life Care

This conference focuses on the important issue of Nurse/Non Medical Prescribing in End of Life Care. It is widely recognised that pain and symptom control at the end of life is not always optimal, the development of non medical/nurse prescribing has a key role in improving pain and symptom control for patients at the end of life.

What to do when someone dies

When we lose someone close to us, we can often feel lost and overwhelmed. On top of dealing with our emotions and grief, we might not realise the amount of practical work that needs to be done or where to start.

Response to the case of Paul Briggs

The case of Mr Briggs is heart breaking but all too familiar. At Compassion in Dying we know of many people whose family members lack capacity, either because of an accident or illness, and witness them being given life prolonging treatment that they would not want.

Advance Decisions are legally binding

There have been some misleading articles in the press recently about the legal status of Advance Decisions (also known as living wills).

The Significant Other

Tim was a gay man suffering from an extreme form of dementia and a number of other life-threatening illnesses. We were not partners, but had a very close relationship. Such friendships, particularly in a situation of dementia, are as significant as partnerships and the role of the ‘significant other’ in the whole process of care needs to be acknowledged.

Mental health and planning ahead

We receive calls to our Information Line from a wide variety of people who want to make sure that their wishes for future care and treatment are followed. We often hear from people who tell us that they have a mental illness, or have had a history of mental illness, and are concerned that their wishes might be ignored because of this.