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28 October 2010
Views wanted on end of life care issues
A major study
has been commissioned to help improve end of life care education in
the North West. Patients, family members and carers who have
experienced serious illness or the loss of a loved-one are being
invited to share their real life experiences with University of
Central Lancashire (UCLan) academics.
The commissioned team will study the responses before creating
recommendations for improving future end of life care education for
health and social care staff.
Dr Joy Duxbury, Research Lead and Reader in Mental Health Nursing at
UCLan, said:- “This is a very sensitive subject area yet we
hope some people might be willing to share their experiences and
views. Our project team is experienced in speaking to patients,
family members and carers around end of life care and the
sensitivities involved and will treat people with care and respect.”
The study team is looking for an array of positive, negative,
surprising or sad views. Any contributions from people who have
experiences to share, from being told about a diagnosis, talking
about options for care, to the care they received are welcome.
Participation is entirely voluntary.
Elaine Owen, NHS North West Project Manager End of Life Care, said:-
“The only way we can improve the care we give to patients and
their carers is by ensuring their ideas and suggestions are embedded
into the training and education of all professional staff.”
Kerry Hemsworth, Assistant Director of Education and Commissioning
for NHS North West, added:- “This is an important project that
will ultimately have an influence on education and training for
staff providing end of life care. Having conversations about end of
life care and sharing experiences and views are critical if we are
to ensure we equip staff with the right skills and knowledge.”
Volunteers have to register their interest by the end of January
2011 and will then receive an information pack about the project.
Participation can include completing a survey online, by post or by
participating in-person at an interview/focus group at one of a
number of sites across the North West. These will be held between
November and February.
Anyone who is interested in taking part in the study can email,
telephone or write to:-
Dr. Terri O’Brien
School of Nursing & Caring Sciences
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
MP says seal ban reinstatement is a victory for people power
RESPONDING to the decision by the President of the European
Court of Justice to dismiss the application for interim measures and
fully reinstate the ban on the trade in seal products Arlene
McCarthy MEP, who led the law through the European Parliament said:-
“When the law was first voted by the European Parliament in
May 2009 we said it was a victory for people power and a credit to
the campaigners involved. The vast majority of people across Europe
were horrified by the cruel clubbing to death of seals. There was no
justification for the seal industry's challenge to the law. We have
no desire to trespass on the Inuit traditional way of life so the
law was drafted to specifically permit trade in products from
traditional Inuit subsistence hunting. The law does however prohibit
the cruel commercial trade which leads to the industrial scale
slaughter of thousands of seals every year. It is wrong that those
engaged in large scale commercial hunting have falsely hidden behind
the issue of Inuit culture, when that is clearly provided for in the
law. Thankfully the President of the ECJ has seen through this
baseless challenge and has dismissed the appeal and reinstated the
ban in full. This is a victory for upholding the law. I hope the
seal industry will now end its legal challenges and accept the will
of European citizens.”
Flirting fellas fail to keep their eyes on the road
UK has been revealed as a nation of in-car flirts with many
motorists admitting they flirt with other drivers on the road - and
men are the biggest culprits. A nationwide survey by women’s
car insurance specialist, Diamond has revealed two-fifths of British
motorists flirt with other drivers and 15% have crashed their car or
had a near miss after being distracted by someone they fancy.
Diamond quizzed 3,000 people and found almost half of men and over a
third of women admit to flirting with other motorists. But the male
of the species is the most guilty of flirtatious behaviour, with 3
times as many men than women admitting they flirt with other drivers
on a daily basis.
A smile or cheeky glance were the most popular ways to flirt whilst
driving, however, the survey also revealed many drivers aren’t
averse to a wink, a wave or even beeping their horn. Men
are more likely to beep their horn at people they fancy, whereas
women are more likely to give the object of their attraction a
Diamond managing director, Elwyn Gedrych said:- “Flirting with
other motorists certainly seems to be popular and men in particular
seem well versed at it. We spend so much of our time driving,
perhaps many of us have started to see our cars as an extension of
our social lives. Most of us are used to flirting in clubs and bars,
so why not in our cars as well?
However, in-car flirting isn’t risk free and it can be a
distraction. Drivers need to be mindful not to let the handsome man
or pretty woman in the car next to them take their mind off the road
The research also revealed far more men (63%) than women (42%) would
behave more courteously to another motorist if they found them
attractive. Also, 3 times as many men than women have actually
crashed their car because they’ve been distracted by a good looking
member of the opposite gender.
Regionally, motorists in Wales are the biggest in-car flirts and
motorists in East Anglia are the most likely to beep their horn at
someone they fancy. On the other hand, it’s drivers in the West
Midlands who have had the most crashes as a result of being
distracted by someone attractive.
Twice as many men than women said they use their car to attract the
opposite gender. 20% of men think a car can help attract another
person and 6% even admitted that was why they chose their car.
26% of men believe the car they drive can make them more attractive,
but only 18% of women agree. However, almost as many women as men
find someone more attractive if they drive a nice car.
Elwyn Gedrych continues:- “It’s clear our cars aren’t just a
way to get from A to B and for a lot of us they even seem to be
another ingredient in our recipe of pulling techniques!“
How do the regions compare?
Most likely to flirt with
as a result of
looking of being distracted by someone attractive