Palliative Care Wales

This site is part of the Palliative Care Matters network of sites. It is aimed at health-care professionals working in the palliative care field.

Are you a Patient or Carer?

If you are a patient or carer and would like to comment on the care you have received from your local palliative care team, you can do this at a website run by iWantGreatCare.

Palliative Care Guidelines

The full text of the Palliative Care (Adult) Network Guidelines is freely available on-line.

Other items of general interest (i.e. outside Wales) can be found on the main website of Palliative Care Matters.

News & Announcements

The Just in Case scheme for Wales has been updated following a review by the Palliative Care Pharmacists Group. Some of the changes include:

  • JIC BAG – no longer a box
  • Wider range of drugs available
  • One strength of diamorphine only (10mg)
  • Less paper work
  • Altered quantities of medication

See under Anticipatory Prescribing for further information.

A Welsh Health Circular was published on the 1st March 2016 from the Chief Medical Officer for Wales supporting the new Care Decisions Tool for the Last Days of Life. The Care Decicions should replace the old ICP (Integrated Care Priorities) by 1st April 2016.

Go to: Welsh Health Circular WHC/2016/004

In 2015, the All Wales DNACPR policy 'Sharing and Involving' was launched. As part of this roll-out, a number of videos were produced for NHS Wales by patients, doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals as a co-production between Healthboards and Trusts.

The aim of these short films is to raise the issue of Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) for patients with life-limiting and palliative illnesses in Wales. It is hoped that this will help nurture open and honest discussions and forward planning.

To openly 'Talk CPR' is the overall goal, and this can only happen when patients and families know what CPR actually entails and when it is beneficial and when not.

Two videos are aimed at the general public and encourage open explanatory discussions about CPR and DNACPR, and what these topics involve.

The second two videos are aimed at Healthcare Professionals, and hope to provide some tips on how this difficult area can be communicated and broached.

Go to: Videos on HOWIS website

Trying to update our clinical practice on top of our very busy work days can be nightmarish. There is just too much to do, and too much information out there to make sense of!

We are really keen to try and help.

We want to get the most useful new clinical information to you in the way you would like it, using the media that you are most comfortable with.

This would include the latest clinical research evidence published by researchers in Wales, and further afield, which is directly relevant to your practice. Or it might help to have a rapid review of evidence in an area which you as teams feel is needed to guide your work?

So we need to know how best to keep in touch: would you prefer newsletters, emails, Facebook or Twitter feeds for example?

To find this out, I'd be really grateful if you would complete a very short survey (ouch - I know!).

There are only 16 simple questions which will take no more 5 - 10 minutes to complete.

Please participate if at all possible - it will really help us all share our knowledge better in Wales.

It's very important that all disciplines are well represented - so please distribute to all your colleagues.

Please find a link to the survey below:

If you prefer you can complete the survey in the attached WORD document and return by email or post (to the address below). We can also send packs of hard copies for distribution to those who are unable to access online material - please let us know if you would like to receive these. If you have any questions regarding this survey or would like additional information please contact Amanda Woodward at .

We would like to thank you for participating, your responses are important.

Dr Anthony Byrne

Consultant in Palliative Medicine

Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Centre & Wales Cancer Research Centre

1st Floor, Nauadd Meirionnydd

Heath Park


CF14 4YS


Unique All-wales Palliative Care Conference

October 8th & 9th Gregynog Powys.

Call for Abstracts open until July 31st.

Present your work in a non-challenging environment.

Great networking opportunities.

This conference attracts healthcare professionals from across the principality and over the borders too!


Booking forms and abstract templates available from:

Please Note All En-Suite Accommodation has been booked already, lots of standard rooms available.