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 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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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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If you want to share how the audit and guideline work has helped you in your clinical practice we would love to feature you on our testimonial page. Just a couple of paragraphs or  something that is a bit longer- its your choice,. A great opportunity to share with others the difference it makes. Please… Read More

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Time is running out to have your say about the challenges in palliative care that you think we need to focus on in in our 2021 programme Below is a link to our annual survey Pallaborative North West 2020 Survey for Priority Topics It only takes 5 minutes to complete and we would be really… Read More

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Data collection for our second clinical audit of 2020 – Continuous Subcutaneous Infusions- is now underway. The survey remains open until the 28th February 2020. Your  Clinical Leads and Steering Group representative should now have circulated details of the survey and the links that you need to submit your clinical cases.. If you haven’t heard… Read More

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Congratulations to the Guideline Development Group for Symptom Control and Critical Care. They have had an abstract accepted for poster presentation at the  2020 Palliative Care Congress 19-20 March  in the Telford International Centre You can access their abstract here Symptom control medication for patients dying in Critical Care: systematic review of the literature and… Read More

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As many of you know 2020 is the 25th year of our regional audit group. Getting to the quarter of a century mark is a fantastic achievement and definitely something to celebrate! For this very special anniversary we are going to hold a Celebration Conference Summit. This will be on Thursday 10th December 2020 and… Read More

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It was great to start our 2020 programme off with a new topic and good to see so many colleagues able to join us for our regional audit meeting on 23rd January. Chronic or intractable cough, is such a distressing symptom for patients and carers and can prove very challenging to manage. The Guideline Development… Read More

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What People Say

I believe my personal experience of terminal diseases and end of life care within my voluntary and personal life roles, along with my passion and commitment enables me to identify with the needs of people receiving care. As the Patient, Carer and Public Representative I bring a voice of the public into discussion and more importantly decisions. By representing them I can influence the development of the guidelines and audit questionnaires

“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”.

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.

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.

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