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Our work

Discover about the work of the RCN Pain and Palliative Care Forum and the other organisations we work with

What we are currently working on:

Mouth care product guide for end of life care. This resource focuses on providing mouth care during the end-of-life stage.

Getting it right every time: Fundamentals of nursing care at the end of life - This guide will highlight what is important when caring for a person approaching the end of their life. Whilst there is a focus on care in the last few days, the same caring principles can be applied throughout the last year of life.

UK Career Framework for Pain Nurses - There are a range of career pathways available within the nursing workforce and more specifically within pain management. This resource builds on the original pain knowledge and skills document and this updated version now highlights the range of career pathways within pain nursing and minimum recommended education requirements, in addition to knowledge and skills. It provides a guide for pain services and employers to develop local career development frameworks for the nursing workforce. 

Pain Assessment and Learning/Intellectual Disability Tool - This project will aim to produce guidance that is co-designed by key stakeholders to raise awareness and support carers, service users and healthcare professionals to make the best use of evidence-based guidance in all areas of practice including end of life care.

Page last updated - 07/05/2022