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Issue:- Sunday, 10 January 2016

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Edge Hill University alert system to provide much needed support to North West end of life carers

AN Edge Hill University developed alert system, designed to assess the needs of people caring for terminally ill loved ones, has featured prominently in the recently published National Institute for Health Research Better Endings report.

The Carers' Alert Thermometer (CAT) is a simple screening tool, developed with more than 245 carers and professionals from around the North West, that aims to provide an alert to potential areas of burden that carers are experiencing, and trigger interventions where appropriate.

The CAT is a response to a major research study that informed the Better Endings report, undertaken at Edge Hill University and funded by the NIHR. The study found that support received by unpaid family carers could be a significant factor in what happens to terminally ill people, particularly those with cancer, at the end of their lives.

Professor Barbara Jack, Director of Edge Hill's Evidence based Practice Research Centre, said the Better Endings report provides important insight into the issues facing those on the front line of palliative care.

"Prior to commencing the research project, it had become apparent that an increasing number of cancer patients, who had elected to die at home, were being admitted to hospital in their last days of life. While honouring people's final wishes and helping them die with dignity is common to all carers' motivations, it was identified that in many cases carer fatigue played a pivotal role in end if life hospitalisation. The CAT has been designed to help carers and professionals identify breakdown behaviours and risk areas before they escalate, helping many more terminally ill people avoid hospitalisations during their finals days." Professor Jack said.

Better Endings is the 1st such report to bring together evidence on a single topic from across the NIHR. The review is being launched at an event taking place at the Kings Fund in London, which will be attended by NHS clinicians, commissioners, patients and researchers.

The themed review aims to help NHS decision makers by presenting the findings of 17 NIHR studies in a clear and comprehensive way. It also highlights 12 pieces of ongoing NIHR funded research that are evaluating new and existing care initiatives, such as 'hospice at home' and a new data sharing service to improve continuity of care.

The CAT research team included Dr Katherine Knighting, Dr Mary O 'Brien, Professor Brenda Roe from Edge Hill University, Professor Mike Nolan (University of Heffield), Professor Mari Lloyd Williams (University of Liverpool), Dr Rob Gandy (Independent Consultant), and Kirsty Pine (Liverpool CCG).

For more information about the CAT screening tool:-  'Better Endings' is available to download on the NIHR Dissemination Centre website.

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Deceased estates notice - Lilian May Jackam

Pursuant to the Trustee Act 1925, any persons having a claim against or an interest in the Estate of Lilian May Jackam (also known as Lillian May) Jackam (Deceased), late of Birch Abbey Rest Home, 55 Alexandra Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 9HD, UK, who died on 04/10/2018, are required to send particulars thereof in writing, to the undersigned Solicitors, on or before 24/05/2019, after which date the Estate will be distributed having regard only to claims and interests of which they have had notice. Churches Solicitors, 12 High Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7BL, UK. Ref:- 'T553015.'

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