Clinical Practice Summary

Cheshire and Merseyside Clinical Practice Summary

The Clinical Practice Summary is based on the Palliative Care Audit Group Guidelines. They support decision-making in symptom management and care co-ordination for people with palliative care needs. If there is any doubt regarding clinical decisions for individuals, help should be sought from local Palliative Care services. Details regarding local services can be added in at the end of these guidelines.

Lancs and South Cumbria Clinical Practice Summary Consensus Guidance

In 2012 Lancashire and South Cumbria Specialist Palliative Care group wrote prescribing guidelines around managing common symptoms in a palliative care setting. In 2016, Lancashire and South Cumbria joined with Mersey and Cheshire in a new Strategic Clinical Network based around the North West Coast. As a result, this new version: Clinical Practice Summary – Lancashire and South Cumbria Consensus Guidance, has been developed, based on the guidance produced by our neighbouring Northern Strategic Clinical Network’s Guidelines (2016) and a Mersey and Cheshire Clinical Practice Summary (2017).

We have worked hard to try and achieve consensus and base the practice summaries on the best available evidence. We hope that in doing this we can help to ensure a consistency of approach to managing common symptoms, particularly for those individuals who receive care in a number of different locations.

Whilst every care has been taken to ensure accuracy and clarity, prescribers and clinicians must make all their decisions based on a full clinical assessment and their assessment of the risks and benefits of any intervention. They must also take into account any local guidance where it exists. Contact your local Specialist Palliative Care team if advice required

Quick Reference Guidelines: Lancashire and South Cumbria Palliative Care Prescribing Guidelines – these symptom control guidelines remain valid, despite the current review date of March 2016. Please consult local specialist palliative care services for support if needed.