Palliative Care:

Guidelines for the use of drugs in symptom control.

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West Midlands Palliative Care Physicians began to meet over 20 years ago when the speciality of palliative medicine was still in its infancy. At that time a handful of palliative medicine specialists came together in a small forum to meet for peer support and education.

As the group became established, members created of Palliative Care Guidelines for the West Midlands. This resource continues to this day, with the 6th Edition of the Guidance now published online here with the latest hard copy now available in our store – you can buy a copy here.

The group is now a Society and meets three times a year around the region and has a rolling Chair and Vice Chair. All palliative medicine consultants, hospice medical directors and specialist palliative pharmacists in the region are eligible to attend, with a current membership of over 60 professionals. As well as a forum for providing education, other benefits of the group include opportunities for collaboration in research, academic development, guideline generation, audit and strategy within the West Midlands.

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    This Guide is intended for use by healthcare professionals and the expectation is that they will use clinical judgement, medical, and nursing knowledge in applying the general principles and recommendations contained within. They are not meant to replace the many available texts on the subject of palliative care.
    Some of the management strategies describe the use of drugs outside their licensed indications. They are, however, established and accepted good practice. Please refer to the current BNF for further guidance.
    While WMPCPS takes every care to compile accurate information , we cannot guarantee its correctness and completeness and it is subject to change. We do not accept responsibility for any loss, damage or expense resulting from the use of this information.