Prescribing for Palliative Care

The Course Aim

To explore the needs of palliative care patients in assessment, diagnosis and prescribing of treatment for distressing symptoms leading towards the end of life. 

Learning outcomes

 By the end of the session participants should be able to;

  • Recognise the legal aspects of prescribing in palliative care
  • Use evidence based methods to ensure safe practice
  • Understand local palliative care guidelines
  • Pallicalc
  • challenge

Course content

This update will utilise lectures and small group work to enhance participants understanding of independent prescribing in palliative care. There will be an overview of the pharmacology of palliative care drugs including national guidance.  The course will be adapted on the day to the requirements of the participants. Case-studies will be used to consolidate learning and applicants are invited to bring along cases for discussion.


Our trainer Debbie Boots RGN RMN BSc PGCERT MSC NIP, has worked at Pilgrims Hospice Thanet since 2000.  she worked as a Community Palliative Specialist Nurse for many of these years. Over the last 5 years Debbie has extended her knowledge, practice and skills to become an Advanced Nurse Practitioner working both on the ward and out in the community. Successfully undertaking non-medical prescribing and completing with outstanding results her MSc. Palliative and Supportive Care.  Her role involves providing expert palliative care, support, advice and treatment, in a holistic way, to patients and families experiencing complex problems, leading to end of life.