The APM’s Annual Supportive and Palliative Care Conference

“Towards evidence based compassionate care”

In Association with the Palliative Care Congress
Hosted by the Association for Palliative Medicine

15-16 March 2018
Bournemouth International Centre

Call for Papers Now OPEN

Abstracts are invited for original research relevant to supportive & palliative care.  Audits and service evaluations of a sufficient standard will also be considered.  The main Call for Papers is open between Monday 4 September 2017 and Sunday 29 October 2017. Any enquiries regarding the format of abstracts should be made via email to:

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Registration Now Open

How to Register

To register for the conference, you will need an account on this website. If you have submitted an abstract then you will already have an account, please log in here. Else, please register an account with us.

APM members will be asked to provide their membership number when registering for the conference.

Delegate Fees

The full list of delegate registration fees is available here

Methods of Payment

Delegates will be able to pay online via PayPal at the point of booking.

An invoice can be requested. Please note: this will incur a £20 administration charge. If you request an invoice please remember to download or print as you process your registration. The system will not email the invoice to you.


Key Dates

Monday 22 January 2018 | Early Bird rates close. Standard rate fees will then apply.

Wednesday 28 February 2018 | Registration closes

Night, weekend and bank holiday Specialist Palliative Care Services

This guidance document produced by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and the Association of Palliative Medicine (APM) recommends levels of Specialist Palliative Care (SPC) medical and nursing staffing for hospital, community and hospice settings at night, at weekends and on bank holidays. The guidance is a response to a growing understanding, within all parts of health and social care, that it is not enough to provide our services in business hours.

Click here – Night weekend and BH working_Draft Document

What is Palliative Medicine?

Palliative medicine provides clinical leadership, care and support to prevent and relieve suffering for people with life-limiting and life-threatening illness.

• Its diagnostic and therapeutic priorities focus on meeting every individual patient’s goals through shared decision-making with them and those important to them
• It is practiced both as part of multidisciplinary palliative care teams and in partnership with other relevant specialties to deliver individualised, holistic care
• It is a medical specialty recognised by the respective nations’ Royal Colleges of Physicians

Palliative Medicine’s specific expertise is in:
• Assessing and managing physical, psychological and spiritual symptoms and in mitigating distress
• Clinical analysis of and decision-making in complex scenarios, such as when a patient’s clinical needs, preferences and interests are finely balanced and may require skilled application of relevant ethical and legal guidance
• Skilled communication about and co-ordination of care, especially at disease transitions and boundaries between care settings
• Working with partners, colleagues and organisations across multiple sectors to provide excellent multidisciplinary care for patients and those important to them
• Care and support to those important to the patient, including facilitating their bereavement care

The Association

The Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland (APM) is the world’s largest representative body for doctors practicing or interested in Palliative Medicine, with a growing membership of over 1,000. We welcome international members.
• Full and Associate membership is open to doctors practicing or interested in palliative medicine
• Student membership is open to undergraduate medical students
• Affiliate membership is being developed for other clinicians with an interest in palliative medicine
We work in strategic alliance with those who can contribute to achieving our vision, supporting our values and delivering our aims.