Hospice and Palliative Care in the United Kingdom
Hospice Pharmacy Solutions clinical pharmacist Dr. Stephanie Cheng recently had the great opportunity to travel and learn about hospice and palliative care in the United Kingdom, where modern hospice care was founded. She was able to visit Hospice UK, which is a national charity for hospice care that supports over 200 hospices in the UK. Hospice UK provides support through education, advocacy, and raising awareness. She was also able to visit 3 different hospices: St. Joseph’s Hospice, which is the oldest hospice in England, opening in 1905; St. Christopher’s Hospice, which was founded by Dame Cicely Saunders in 1967 and is the oldest modern hospice; and Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice. Through these hospice visits, Dr. Cheng was able meet with different key members of the hospice team such as palliative care physicians, nursing staff, social workers, pharmacists, and coordinators of complementary medicine and community outreach. She was also able to correspond with the Care Quality Commission, which is the independent regulator of health and social care in England.
Dr. Cheng has written about what she has learned about hospice and palliative care in the UK in the newsletter, The Clinician, which you can access here.