Journal Articles, National Reports & Items of Interest


Dying in the cold: Being homeless at the end of life. Launched on 18th May 2021, Marie Curie and Dr Joy Rafferty, a Specialty Doctor in Palliative Care at Strathcarron Hospice, have co-authored this report to examine the significant challenges faced by those experiencing homelessness in accessing palliative care and the detrimental impact on their quality of life, alongside issues faced by those providing homelessness support and palliative care. For many people experiencing homelessness, there are significant barriers – both personal and institutional – that prevent them from accessing the palliative and end of life care they need. This report explores these barriers and makes recommendations to mitigate them.

Respiratory Care Action Plan 2021-2026

Launched in March 2021 the purpose of this Plan is to set out a vision for driving improvement in the diagnosis, care, treatment and support of people living with respiratory conditions in Scotland. The Plan identifies five key priorities for respiratory care in Scotland. It is intended to be an enabling document which will continue to drive continuous improvement. The plan is not intended as a replacement of current clinical guidance, but brings together good practice from across Scotland. The Plan aims to build on what already works well and challenge traditional models that may not be providing the best solutions for people living with a respiratory condition. 

Advance Care Planning in People with Dementia (April 2020)

A narrative review of facilitating and inhibiting factors in advance care planning initiation in people with dementia, Tharin Phenwan et al (2020), European Geriatric Medicine  

Poster Success at NES Bereavement Conference   

Congratulations to Dr Fiona McFatter, Dr Ching Chung and team for their runner up poster at the NES Bereavement Education Conference.

The poster describes an End of Life Care Communications skills workshop which was integrated into the final year medical course at Dundee medical school in 2017. Foundation doctors care for dying patients and their families. It is important that all health professionals can provide bereavement support and have conversations with bereaved persons. The aim of this workshop was to therefore help prepare final year medical students for working as foundation doctors and speaking with those who are recently bereaved. 

Bereavement poster19 Final.pdf    poster.docx


Masters Degree Awarded

Murooj (@MuroojAbudabaat)
The best moment of the year. Thanks University of Dundee ⁦‪@dundeeuni‬⁩, Dr Deans Buchanan ⁦‪@dbuch17‬⁩ and Professor Bridget Johnston ⁦‪@BridgetJohnst‬⁩ for helping me make this moment come true. Great Respect. #palliativecare #UOD #PEOLC


'Factors affecting use of unscheduled care for people with advanced cancer: a retrospective cohort study in Scotland'. 

A paper by Dr Sara Mills, General Practitioner/Academic Fellow, University of Dundee and Co-Lead of the TayPEOLC MCN Research Group. The paper is published in the British Journal of General Practice


'A Mixed Methods Approach to Understanding the Feasibility of the Integrated Palliative Care Outcome Scale (IPOS) in Two Palliative Care Settings' - Dissertation, Catriona Grant (April 2019) 

Dissertation, Catriona Grant.pdf


Macmillan Professional Excellence Award 2018 - Service Improvement - Lesley Taylor NHS Tayside

Lesley Taylor Macmillan Advanced Specialist Nurse in Oncology was awarded a prestigious Macmillan Excellence Award in Service Improvement at the National Macmillan Professionals Conference and Annual Award Ceremony in Birmingham on Thursday 8th November 2018. 

With over 68 individual and team nominees in four categories, Lesley was short-listed to attend the ceremony where the winners in each of the categories were announced. Lesley was nominated as a result of her service improvement in oncology follow-up. This was a co-designed project with patients and carers to create a shared model of follow-up care in conjunction with the oncology consultants; aimed at meeting the patient identified needs in the more accessible relaxed environment of the Crescent Whitfield Dundee whilst ensuring safe effective follow-up care. The redesign started with patients undergoing oncology intervention for head and neck cancer and has expanded to include those patients following treatment for prostate and colorectal cancer. It is anticipated that this model can be used for each of the cancer patient groups and can be replicated in other facilities across Tayside to provide this service closer to home. 

Under Lesley's leadership, Allied Health Professional colleagues and volunteers from Tayside Cancer Support have been instrumental to the success of the Oncology Wellbeing Clinic which has demonstrated improvement in recovery outcomes for patients. Please see the link below for more details:


'Recognising when CPR won't work: an audit of clinical practice in NHS Tayside'

Allie Ramsay, C Douglas - audit of repeat DNA CPR audit 2018 (1).pdf 


'Did we make a difference? A Re-Audit of DNACPR Policy in NHS Tayside'

Poster 2 - DNA CPR repeat audit.pdf


WHO 2018 Practice Brief for Continuity and Coordination of Care - information to support implementation of the WHO Framework on integrated people-centred health services (2018). This practice brief addresses the relatively ill-defined, under-researched concepts of continuity and care coordination 

WHO practice brief on continuity and coordination of care (2) (1).pdf


'How can patients and carers' experiences shape services? Sasha Murdoch - Awarded 1st Place in the George Adams Prize, Royal Society of Medicine, May 2018  

George Adams Competition.pdf


Renal Supportive Care Service for patients with advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD) who were being managed without dialysis (conservatively)   

abstract for UK kidney week 2018.pdf


The impact of an integrated Renal Supportive Care Service on Symptom Burden, Advanced Care Planning and Place of Death for patients with Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease managed without dialysis   

poster for APM conference 2018.pptx


International Centre for Integrated Care - A global centre of excellence in education, knowledge translation, action research and system coaching on leading people-centred integrated care and support. Hosted by the University of the West of Scotland (UWS). Special Interest Groups include: Palliative Care and Compassionate Communities


Good Death Week (May 2018) - the Ninewells Palliative Care Team hosted an exhibition 'It Takes A Village' in the hospital for staff and visitors which explored the idea that as peoples health deteriorates care and support comes in many guises. 

                                  Palliative Care Staff


 ​'What does it take to deliver brilliant home-based palliative care? Using positive organisational scholarship and video reflexive ethnography to explore the complexities of palliative care at home', Aileen Collier, Palliative Medicine 2019, Vol. 33(1) 91–101

What does it take to deliver brilliant home-based pall. care.pdf


Who lives in Scotland's care homes? Descrptive analysis using routinely collected social care data 2012-2016, Burton J.K et al, J R Coll Physicians Edinb 2019; 49: 12–22

Who Lives in Scotland's Care Homes - jrcpe_49_1_burton (1).pdf