Pallaborative North West
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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 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.


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Don’t forget to join us today ( Thursday May 19th) at 1pm for the Pallaborative North West Neuro-oncology education event. The event is online but using conventional Microsoft Teams format so you will be able to see faces! The session runs from 1-2.30pm and we have two fabulous guest speakers so this is a great… Read More

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The updated guideline on the Use of Ketamine as an Analgesic in Palliative Care is now available in draft on the Pallaborative North west website. This guideline needs to complete the external review process before becoming NICE accredited but we know that this is clinically relevant to many colleagues and so wanted to make it… Read More

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Be one of the first to check out the newly published NICE accredited clinical guideline for Best Practice Use of Continuous Subcutaneous Infusions in Palliative Care available here on the Pallaborative website. Congratulations to everyone in the Guideline Development Group who put so much effort into finalizing this important piece of work ,especially during the… Read More

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Huge thank you to Dr Dan Monnery and Dr Tom Steele who this morning facilitated a great virtual interactive workshop on Defining the Clinical Question . At the beginning it seems an almost unachievable task to come up with a question that wouldnt leave us drowning in hundreds of articles. But Dr Monnery led us… Read More

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We know that some of you weren’t able to join our March clinical meeting and so we are delighted that we now have the link available. Please email if you would like us to share the link with you. We apologise for the delay in making this available . The change in format from… Read More

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We have two great opportunities for you to get involved in a Guideline Development Group as part of the 2023 Pallaborative North West Programme Firstly we have Use of Parenteral NSAIDs in Palliative Care and secondly we have Transdermal Opioids in Palliative Care in order for the groups to work well we need volunteers to… Read More

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Apologies everyone. Neuronocology Education special is on Thursday 19th May between 1 and 2.30pm

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Do make sure you have Thursday 19th May 2022 1-2.30pm in your diary as it will be our next Pallaborative North West clinical meeting held virtually via MS Teams. This is a Neuro-oncology education special with guest speakers and opportunity for discussion and a “ask the expert slot.” We know that neurological malignancies can pose… Read More

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What People Say

I have developed many skills during my participation in the regional audit process and would recommend it as an excellent professional development opportunity. I am confident that palliative care specialists, generalists, patients, and those important to them have benefited from the clinical guidelines; I use them regularly in my own practice to offer patients evidence-based interventions”

The Regional audit process has introduced many members of the wider MDT to the process of the audit cycle.It has made it very accessible and delivers fantastic, real world results, recommendations and clinical guidance
This is really useful for my clinical practice as a doctor, and to the practice of all members of the wider MDT. The opportunity to see the process from the initial idea, to the clinical question, to the literature search, to the questionnaires, to the results analysis and ultimately the presentation and standards and guideline is a unique opportunity

The whole process affords us the chance to meet people and work with them across the Network  and is a great way to meet fellow health care professionals and forge links across the hospital, community and hospice settings in specialist palliative care.


I really enjoy attending the audit presentations. They help me to keep my knowledge up to date and the discussions with peers from across the Network are stimulating. Membership of the various Guideline Development Groups is a real opportunity to improve patient care.

“I have been involved in a number of Guideline Development Groups as the lay representative, I find them fascinating and stimulating. As a lay member I have always been made welcome by the various groups. I find the commitment of the groups to be exemplary, they are special people”.

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