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4th April 2014
2012 Census of consultant physicians and medical r

2012 Census Summary

2nd April 2014
Joint Position Statement on 'The Shape of Training

'The Shape of Training Review' has been published today.

31st March 2014
Palliative Report Final

Dr Foster Report out today

20th March 2014
LACDP Second Interim Statement

Joint statement by the Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People

4th March 2014
JPSM Journal

APM Members can now access the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management via the 'My Membership' section of the APM website

4th February 2014
Interim statement from the Leadership Alliance

The Leadership Alliance have produced an interim statement. The statement is not a press statement it is only intended for a professional audience and is available via this link:

4th February 2014
Interim guidance produced by NHS Scotland

NHS Scotland have also produced interim guidance on Caring for people in the last days and hours of life

24th September 2013
NCDAH 2013

This year's NCDAH is soon to be commenced. See link for more details. Note that if you participated in this year's FAMCARE audit, you are advised not to participate in the optional local survey of bereaved relatives or friends to avoid duplications

28th June 2013
Consultant physicians working with patients
The Royal College of Physicians document Consultant Physicians Working with Patients has been published in a new edition.

8th January 2013
Commissioning Guidance
We are delighted to announce the publication of Commissioning Guidance for Specialist Palliative Care: Helping to deliver commissioning objectives.



The Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland (APM) is an association for doctors who work or have a special interest in palliative care, whether in hospices, hospitals or the community. Formed in 1986, it now has over 1100 members from all over Great Britain and Ireland and includes doctors based overseas.

The APM exists to promote the advancement and development of palliative medicine and is recognised as representing physicians at all grades who work in palliative medicine and those with an interest in the specialty.

Join the APM for a range of benefits

What is Palliative Medicine?

Palliative medicine is the medical care of patients with advanced illness who require medical assessment and treatment of their symptoms. It was recognised by the Royal College of Physicians as a specialty in 1987. Since then the field of palliative medicine has grown both in terms of the number of doctors and the scientific evidence that guides their practice.

Doctors working in the field of palliative medicine are involved with the clinical care of patients but often have wider roles in the fields of medical education, research, strategic planning, advising on national guidelines and policy and implementation of these at local levels.