An estimated 23,000 people in Wales require palliative care at any one time. Non-palliative care specialists (GPs, community nurses, and paramedics) play an important role in supporting and delivering end-of-life care.

Core activities:

  • Management of common symptoms in the last months/weeks/days of life, and service models to support this, e.g. the role of nurse prescribers, medicines management, including de-prescribing

  • Lay caregiver support: Anticipatory education on preparing for a home death, role-extension (e.g. carer-administration of as-needed injectable medication), and evidence-based bereavement support

  • Improving awareness, societal expectations, knowledge and acceptance of death and dying


  • Professor Annmarie Nelson, Marie Curie Professor of Supportive and Palliative Care; Scientific Director, Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Centre, Cardiff University.

  • Dr Marlise Poolman, Senior Clinical Lecturer, Bangor University; Palliative Care Consultant, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

Research projects

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