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 18th Annual All Wales Palliative Care Conference will be held at Gregynog on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th October 2018.

For more information, please contact:
Conference Organiser, Specialist Palliative Care Team, Wrexham Maelor Hospital, Wrexham, LL13 7TD.
Tel: 01978 727177

The latest version (9) of the Care Decisions documents are now available on the website, under Last Days of Life - Care Decisions.

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