World Hospice and Palliative Care Day – 8th October 2016

The Faculty of Pain Medicine supports World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, this Saturday 8th October, which raises awareness and understanding of the needs of people living with a life limiting illness and their families. This year the theme is ‘Living & Dying in Pain: It Doesn’t Have to Happen’ highlighting the ongoing need to improve pain management for those with progressive diseases, illustrated by the press coverage from this recent paper. The Faculty has been working hard to improve the care for patients and their families through its ‘Guidance on Competencies for Management of Cancer Pain in Adults’ and ‘Core Standards for Pain Management Services’ which includes a section on cancer pain.  The standards for cancer pain have now been adopted by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as part of the inspection framework for end of life care services in the UK demonstrating how the Faculty can directly influence quality of care in the NHS.     

Professor Mike Bennett MD FRCP FFPMRCA
St. Gemma's Professor of Palliative Medicine

04 October 2016