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Dr Meena Nayar, the winner  of the 2015 Integrated Academic Trainees (IAT) poster competition, presented her prize-winning poster at the Cicely Saunders Institute in September. The title of the poster was ‘The Medical Activity Assessment in Specialist Rehabilitation: a prospective cohort study’ and is currently being displayed at the Institute. Meena received £1000 to help further her research into this important area of rehabilitative medicine and we look forward to following the results of this.

This success is enhanced by the fact that Meena also won the ‘Peer Prize’ for her work on the UK FIM+FAM and differences in function between Left and Right Hemisphere strokes at last year’s IAT competition.

More information about the 2016 IAT poster competition, which will be taking place on 16th May, can be found on the King's College London IAT webpages.

Professor Irene Higginson spoke as a witness at the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs committee meeting at the House of Commons as part of a session on the Dying without Dignity-PHSO report (15/09/15)

Broadcast live 15/9/15 and covered in The Telegraph, Daily Mail  the Sun and The Times.  

Radio 4 One Health: The vet will see you now

Professor Irene Higginson was interviewed by the BBC for a programme in which GP Graham Easton compares the diagnostic and treatment process of the veterinary surgery to that of NHS patients and asks if lessons can be learnt.

Involving service-users in palliative care research – new paper from the Cicely Saunders Institute published in Palliative Medicine, eHospice

Researchers at the Cicely Saunders Institute explain to eHospice why service users should be involved in palliative care research. The research was led by Dr Barbara Daveson, Lecturer in Health Services at the Institute. A previously established method in palliative care – the MORECare Transparent Expert Consultation approach —  was used. The research involved hosting a patient, carer and public involvement (PPI) workshop in 2014 at the Institute. Individual priorities of patients, caregivers, user advocates, researchers and members of the public were shared and then carefully analysed. Other researchers from the Cicely Saunders Institute mentioned in the article were: Susanne de Wolf-Linder, Dr Jana Witt and Professor Irene Higginson. The results of this work have been published in the Palliative Medicine journal

Is cancer money well spent?, BBC Radio 4

One in two of us is likely to be diagnosed with cancer at some time in our lives and the NHS England budget for cancer treatment is over £6 billion. In a Radio 4 investigation on how money is spent on cancer treatment, Matthew Hill asks whether we have got the balance right. Professor Irene Higginson, Director of the Cicely Saunders Institute, is one of the guests on the programme (this item runs approximately 31 minutes into the programme).  

'I had a ticking time bomb inside me': four women who faced Angelina Jolie’s choiceThe Guardian

Angelina Jolie has been open about her decision to reduce her risk of developing ovarian cancer by undergoing extensive surgery. In this article, other women share their stories. Dr Jana Witt, who is Project Manager & Research Associate at the Cicely Saunders Institute, created an Oophorectomy Decision Explorer for her PhD at Cardiff University, which evolved into a decision-making tool. She commented on how media coverage of Angelina Jolie has influenced how people view preventive surgery, but emphasises that it is really an option only for those women who are at high risk. Those women she spoke to for her research who chose preventive surgery expressed no regrets at their decision; however, the same was true of the women who opted for surveillance instead.

ACCESSCare for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people approaching the end of life, eHospice 

An online article about ACCESSCare features on E-hospice this month. The article includes an interview with the study's Principal Investigator, Dr Richard Harding. The project, which is funded by Marie Curie Cancer Care, aims to increase demand for, and supply of, palliative care to sexual minorities. Dr Harding said: “Marie Curie has a strong focus on access to end of life care – and quality end of life care – it’s important that they’re showing the leadership for LGBT communities.” The study is now open and recruiting people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgendered (LGBT) and are facing the later stages of a life limiting illness. 


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