Observatory News from 2009

Observatory PhD student attends Lancaster University graduation ceremony

Observatory PhD student attends Lancaster University graduation ceremony

Former PhD student, Mary O'Brien, attended a graduation ceremony, held at Lancaster University on the 9th December 2009. Dr O'Brien was the first of our PhD students to be awarded a doctorate since the Observatory's inception.

Released: December 2009

Observatory Honorary Research Fellow awarded prestigious award

Observatory Honorary Research Fellow awarded prestigious award

Janet Rigby - an Honorary Research Fellow with the Observatory and a Cancer Experiences Collaborative (CECo) Scholar, has been awarded a prestigious Florence Nightingale Travel Award.

This award will give me the opportunity to travel to Sweden, Australia and various parts of the UK, to compare the in-patient accommodation which is provided for older people who are in the last few months of life. My recent literature review showed that there is relatively little evidence on the environmental needs of dying older in-patients, and that their needs are not always the same as those of younger patients.

I intend to visit hospices, palliative care units and older peoples’ care facilities in both urban and rural areas of each country. I will observe and systematically document how each building is designed (eg its size, the proportion of patients in single and shared bedrooms, the provision of accommodation for families, the availability of outdoor spaces, and the facilities provided for staff). Using a phenomenological approach, I will conduct informal discussions with staff, examining their experiences of providing patient care within each building.

Released: November 2009

IOELC advises China on the 'Wuhan Declaration' - launched recently

IOELC advises China on the "Wuhan Declaration" - launched recently

Professor Sheila Payne was the invited opening speaker at the 5th Association of Cancer Rehabilitation and Palliative Care Congress in Wuhan, China on 20th November. In her role as Vice President of the European Association for Palliative Care, she was invited to advise on preparing a framework for the development of palliative care services in China. The framework called the ‘Wuhan Declaration’ was launched at the Congress and will guide the development of palliative care throughout China.

Released: November 2009

IOELC receives 5-year funding award

IOELC receives 5-year funding award

The Observatory's Professor Sheila Payne has been awarded funding for a new European Union grant in partnership with the World Health Organisation and University of Aachen called the ATOME project. The 5 year project starts on 1st December 2009 and aims to work at a policy level with national governments and professional associations to improve opioid availability for the management of cancer pain near the end of life in 12 resource-poor countries in Europe.

Released: November 2009

Michael Wright - Author of a new SE Asia Publication

New publication mapping palliative care development in SE Asia

The Rev Dr Michael Wright, (Honorary Senior Research Fellow within the Observatory), has published a new book "Hospice and Palliative Care in Southeast Asia" (Oxford University Press). This book maps palliative care development in Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines and increases the coverage of the international mapping work which has earned the International Observatory on End of Life Care an excellent reputation. (Click here to visit the relevant Oxford University Press page)

Released: November 2009

 

 

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