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Welcome to our web pages for Pallaborative North West.

We host an exciting programme of clinical audit, guideline development and education, useful for all health care professionals who care for people with advanced, progressive disease. Our clinical standards and guidelinefor palliative and end of life care are developed using a robust process and are NICE accredited.

We are delighted to work in partnership with patients and members of the public in producing our clinical guidelines. The Steering Group oversee our work and includes representatives from each of the participating localities across the North West.

For further information not found on this website  or to get involved please contact us : We would be delighted to hear from you.

How we can help

About Us

We are a collaboration of health care professionals working in specialist palliative care, patients and members of the public from across the North West of England , originally formed back in 1995. We are committed to improving the quality of care for people with advanced progressive disease and to ensure care is based on the best and most up to date evidence possible. A key strength is multi-professional involvement and the motivation and commitment of our members.

Guidelines You Can Trust

Our Standards and Guidelines for palliative and end of life care are now developed using a robust process which has been accredited by NICE. They are a great source of information with advice for a range of different symptoms and situations and can be used by all healthcare professionals.

Training Opportunities for all of your Team

Our Education and Training programme helps people improve their confidence and skills in clinical audit, searching the literature, reviewing evidence and a range of quality improvement activities. Our bimonthly regional meetings are a great way to stay up to date with the latest information and join discussions about developing standards for  care delivery.

Regional Clinical Audit with Local Impact

Our comprehensive annual clinical Audit Programme, is led by experienced clinicians and focuses on areas that are most important to patients and professionals. There is also  localised reporting specific to your team, organisation or locality benchmarked against regional results. A great way to drive improvements in care.

Links to Research

We want to contribute to grow the evidence base for palliative care and are using our work to develop research questions and proposals.

Embracing the Digital Age

Our new website  ( has been built with a mobile first appearance, meaning that our material, including all of the clinical guidelines, are easily readable on smartphones, tablets and desk top computers alike. Development of an App is next on the horizon.


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We are delighted to let you know that we are just about to restart the Pallaborative programme for 2020. It has been a long time since our last meeting in January and we are now really looking forward to getting back into the swing of clinical audit, guideline development and education and training Our first… Read More

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Dr Kat Moss named 2020 Turner-Warwick lecturer for Mersey Support Kat by attending her lecture and gain 2 CPD credits The Turner -Warwick Lecture seriesCelebrating the life and achievements of the RCP’s first female president, Professor Dame Margaret Turner-Warwick, this 2020 lecture series features presentations from the winning trainees in each of the UK’s regions… Read More

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We realise that everyone will be so busy at the moment in local services as we try our best to prepare for the next few weeks. Palliative care will be come more important than ever as we all do our best to deliver the best care possible for many patients and those important to them… Read More

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In light of everything that is happening with COVID-19 it seems only sensible and appropriate to cancel our regional audit meeting on 26th March 2020. Unfortunately we don’t think our remote access is established enough to run it as virtual meeting. As you know this would have been our launch meeting for 2021 and we… Read More

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Management of symptoms in patients who are in the last days of their life can be very challenging particularly respiratory tract secretions. In May 2019 our Guideline Development Groups presented the up to date evidence base for just how to best to manage this symptom with some suggested changes to what has been usual practice… Read More

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With the recent success of the Critical Care Guideline Development Group we thought you might welcome the opportunity to see the literature review that was presented in 2019. If you missed the posts from last week check out the wonderful news from Dr Steele about his prize winning abstract

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Well done to Dr Tom Steele who is the Winner of the SAS Doctor Abstract Prize at the Palliative Care Congress in Telford happening in March 2020. Entitled ” Caring for dying patients in critical care settings: survey of palliative care and critical care practices and perspectives” the work fought off stiff competition to claim… Read More

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Congratulations to Dr Kat Moss and members of the Anticoagulation Guideline Decelopment Group who have had suucess in their submission to the Turner Warwick Lecture scheme for 2020 The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) Turner-Warwick lecturer scheme for trainee physicians is now in its second year. Celebrating the life and achievements of the RCP’s first female… Read More

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What People Say

‘The Pallaborative North West website is an excellent resource for Palliative Medicine trainees and all clinicians caring for patients with life-limiting illness. ​Participating in the regional guideline development groups helps healthcare professionals develop the ability to construct evidence-based guidelines

I’ve found the whole regional audit process to be very comprehensive.  For me this has included training in searching and appraising available evidence, support from a multi-professional team in undertaking audit, presenting results and developing guidelines.

This has been very beneficial for my practice, both in the delivery of evidence based care to patients and in teaching other health care professionals.

As a clinical nurse specialist and project manager for the regional audit and Guideline Development Group for Continuous Subcutaneous Infusions, the process has enhanced my knowledge, intellectual abilities and methodologies to do and lead audit. It has enabled me to further enhance management and leadership skills and become more proficient at conducting literature reviews.

In practice the regional guidelines and standards are of great importance. The up-to-date evidence-based guidance supports us in the management of complex symptoms for patients who have specialist palliative care needs.

The bi-monthly meetings are great for networking with fellow professionals across the network who work in a number of different settings.

I have found the audit and guideline development process extremely useful, both clinically and academically. The process of conducting regional audits through training has enhanced my management and leadership skills as well as honing existing skills of conducting systematic literature reviews. Clinically I find the guidelines very relevant in managing complex situations and also helpful in guiding conversations with patients and those important to them. They are also a very useful resource to signpost to other professionals in order to support the advice we give.

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