#TOTW from 17-08-15 ‘New NICE guidelines up for consultation’

Afternoon all!

How quickly the week passes by and it’s time for yet another #TOTW! This week I have decided to flag up the new NICE guidelines that are out for consultation:

New guidelines from up for consultation including those on &

The documents might not make for a riveting read, but if like myself you are involved in the care of patients either in a pre-hospital or hospital setting, then it would be worth casting your eye over them. They will give you an idea of what NICE’s current thinking is in regard to the management of major trauma services and fractures.

The link above is to the webpage of the Society of Radiographers’ which will in -turn take you to the NICE website and provide the guidelines, both in full and in summary that you might care to have a look at.

Like I said above, it might not be sexy, but then a lot of the stuff that we do as allied health professionals just isn’t!

As a former school master was once keen on saying, “read, learn and inwardly digest!” Isn’t that right Mr. Jackman? I hope he agrees from “up above!”

Until the next time…

Ben

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#TOTW (from 15-10-14): Dying at home patients ‘lack 24-hour expert support’

This week’s #TOTW was either going to be about assisted dying (a topic I have visited many times in the past) or the lack of care provided for those who choose to die at home – I went for the latter, so I chose:

Dying at home patients ‘lack 24-hour expert support’

Bee Wee, NHS England’s national clinical director for end of life care, said: “Over the past year we have been working hard to make changes and move towards a palliative care service that gives everyone a choice about how and where they spend their final days. “It is really important that dying people, and those close to them, have access to care, support and advice whenever they need it, so we support this as an important issue to address.”

This is the very least we should do to support those that have the opportunity to, and so choose to die at home. It’s a very sad state of affairs that those who wish to choose the timing of their death are either driven to suicide or if they have the capability to travel to Switzerland to end their lives in a manner of their own choosing, and those who wish to die in the “comfort” of their own homes surrounded by loved ones don’t appear to be getting the total support they need and deserve from the NHS.

Having said this, however, according to the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance the UK has some of the best end-of-life care in the world.

There is always room for improvement. and particularly in such an important area as end-of-life care.