Pallaborative North West
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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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So just as we look forward to coming out of lockdown we wanted to also give you a gentle reminder about submitting your data for the regional clinical audit on ascites. You hopefully have seen our previous post about this but just to remind you that the closing date is 23rd December Remember that for… Read More

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Really excited to let you know that the data collection for our first clinical audit of 2021 is now open. The Guideline Development Group for Ascites have had to wait a long time to reach this stage but have been working hard to complete all of the preparation including the comprehensive literature review Instructions about… Read More

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Sinead Benson, one of the Clinical Nurse Specialists in the Palliative Care Team at the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, has been short listed for a Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership 2020 Audit Hero award HQUP is an independent organisation working in partnership with patients and healthcare professionals to promote quality in healthcare services by increasing the impact… Read More

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Our next Pallaborative North West meeting will be on Thursday 10th December starting at 1pm and using the Microsoft Teams Live event format so that you can access it easily from wherever you are. No supply of mince pies but a great opportunity to hear from colleagues about some of the learning over the past… Read More

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Following our first clinical audit meeting via MS Teams Live on Thursday 1st October we really want to get your comments and suggestions about the event and how we could improve things for our next session in November. If we know you were at the event last week we have sent you an email with… Read More

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Well , perhaps not such a new world now to many of us as we get used to communicating through a screen but it was certainly a new experience for Pallaborative North West as we navigated our way through the first Microsoft Teams Live Event yesterday afternoon. Final count was at least 200 people joined… Read More

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So tomorrow – Thursday at 1pm– is the big relaunch of our palliative care clinical audit meetings with a review of Continuous Subcutaneous Infusions. I know the GDG have been working on this for many months and are really keen to share their findings with us. I have just seen a sneak preview of the… Read More

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We are nearly ready to press the go button. Only three more days until our very first virtual Pallaborative North West clinical audit meeting, delivered via MS Teams Live on Thursday 1st October at 1pm. This should accommodate an unlimited number of participants so fingers crossed we have no technical hitches ( or at least… Read More

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What People Say

The education programme was very informative and catered to different levels of experience. The course enabled me to become involved with local audits and I have been well supported throughout. I now feel more confident as joint audit lead in the palliative care team in Sefton and equipped to fulfill this role effectively.

‘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.

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