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Joint statement on the minimum data set for specialist palliative care services
15 February 2017
Public Health England (PHE), the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) and Hospice UK regret to announce that the National Minimum Data Set collection for Specialist Palliative Care Services (MDS) will no longer be collected with effect from 31 March 2017. The reasons are partly financial, but perhaps more importantly, in order to remain relevant, the MDS would need extensive review and change. As it currently stands, it is not giving us the information we need at the right level. We know that this may come as disappointing news to many people working or interested in specialist palliative care. The purpose of this joint statement is to explain these reasons in more detail and what follows from it.
Top three finalists in each category for NCPC Awards released
14 February 2017
The top three finalists for each category for the NCPC Awards have been released.
NCPC thanks Sir Mike Richards for his contribution to EOLC
30 January 2017
The NCPC has responded to news that Sir Mike Richards is retiring as the CQC's Chief Inspector of Hospitals
NCPC conference offers first in-depth look at Government’s End of Life Care Commitment
13 January 2017
The first event looking in depth at the National Commitment on end of life care is taking place on March 10.
Dying Matters photography competition extended after late surge in entries
21 December 2016
Dying Matters has extended the deadline for entries to its photography competition after website issues prevented some people from submitting their images successfully. Entries were due to close Sunday 18th December, but this has now been extended to Monday 9th January 2017.
Improving end of life care crucial to ease pressure on hospital places
19 December 2016
The National Council for Palliative Care has responded to a report from Nuffield Trust about pressure on NHS beds during the winter. The report warned that additional hospital admissions over the winter required beds equivalent to five extra typical hospitals. Simon Chapman, Director of Policy and External Affairs for the NCPC said: