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Member stories (CMF news - Spring 2020)

In my role as Head of Nursing, I get the privilege of hearing lots of stories from nurses and midwives on the frontline. Many of these stories are tough and challenging. Just this week, I heard from a few newly qualified nurses how they battle stress and anxiety before going...

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Reviews: news reviews (nucleus - February 2019)

is 'aid' always good? Strings Attached (1) is a documentary film produced by Culture of Life Africa, (2) in association with Lux Lab under the presidency of Obianuju Ekeocha. She is a speaker, social activist and specialist biomedical scientist. The film was launched at a preview event in the House of...

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Clinically-assisted nutrition and hydration (CANH) and adults who lack the capacity to consent (09/08/2018)

Guidance for decision making in England and Wales The British Medical Association (BMA) is undertaking a consultation over clinically-assisted nutrition and hydration (CANH) and adults who lack the capacity to...
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Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 Proposals for Reform (30/04/2018)

CMF has a particular interest in the care of dying persons. A significant proportion of our members are involved in palliative medicine and hospice care, many of them in Scotland.This...
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Chaplaincy in Hospice and Palliative Care (triple helix - autumn 2017)

Karen Murphy and Bob Wharton (eds) Jessica Kingsley, 2017, £18.99, 208pp, ISBN 9781785920684 Reviewed by Jeff Stephenson, Medical Director, St Luke's Hospice Plymouth In the evolving context of multiculturalism, secularisation, and outcome-driven healthcare, the role of hospice and palliative care chaplaincy faces enormous pressure, not least to justify its continuance as what...

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the way we die now (triple helix - autumn 2017)

Seamus O'Mahony Head of Zeus, 2016, £14.99, 292pp, ISBN 9781784974268 Reviewed by Claire Stark Toller, a Consultant in Palliative Medicine based in Southampton Written by a consultant physician, this erudite but readable book explores the philosophical, cultural and medical influences that mould our Western view of death. O'Mahony starts with a personal overview...

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HERO + HERETIC 20/21: Dame Cicely Saunders (1918—2005) & Anne Merriman (b1935) (nucleus - September 2017)

There are now more female medical students than male in most medical schools across the UK, peaking in 2003 at 61%. [1] But it has not always been easy to be a woman in medicine, and certainly not to lead transformation in healthcare culture. However, this did not stop Cicely Saunders...

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a good end to life (nucleus - September 2017)

What is the first thought that comes into your head when someone says 'palliative care'? Sadness? death? Hospices? cancer? To me, when someone mentions palliative care I think of love, comfort and peace. Here's why. Palliative care is defined as 'active holistic care of patients with advanced progressive illness' [1]...

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Talking About Death (spotlight - Autumn 2017)

About 15 minutes into Alexander Payne's 2011 film The Descendants, Matt King (played by George Clooney) walks calmly into the hospital room of his comatose wife, Elizabeth. He closes the door gently and then proceeds to excoriate her for controlling and messing up the lives of everyone around her. This...

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NICE - end of life care for infants and children (12/08/2016)

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has drafted guidelines for end of life care for infants, children and young people with life-limiting conditions. The guidelines cover care planning...
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