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Scottish Non Malignant Palliative Care Forum (SNMPCF)



Aims and objectives

Constitution and Workplan


Key documents


The Scottish Non Malignant Palliative Care Forum (SNMPCF) is for anyone who has an interest in non malignant palliative care. Our focus is on promoting equitable access to high quality palliative care across Scotland that is based on need, not diagnosis.

Since Living and Dying Well was published in 2008 there has been a high level of commitment, activity and progress across a broad range of issues. In addition, the Scottish Government has set out a 2020 Vision and Route Map outlining a plan for achieving quality healthcare delivered in a person-centered fashion.  Unfortunately this does not mention death or dying, demonstrating a clear need for more to be done if we are to meet these growing challenges.

There are a number of factors which make it harder for certain groups to access care. This can often be down to diagnosis. People with a non malignant, life-limiting condition are less likely to be referred to palliative care services than those with terminal cancer.

Aims and objectives

The SNMPCF works to increase the sharing of knowledge and skills to improve patient outcomes and provides a forum for discussion on national drivers in palliative care.  The strategic objectives of the forum are:

  1. Promote awareness of non-malignant palliative care and ensure the relevance of our work
  2. Provide a framework to prioritise activity and resource use
  3. Support the national strategy for improving care for people who have a palliative life limiting condition and promote good practice in person centred care for those who are deteriorating and at risk of dying.

The SNMPCF has links to and involvement with a variety of groups across different conditions, including the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care.  We have representation at the Palliative Care Cross Party Group and the Palliative and End of Life Care Stakeholders group.  Our aim is to ensure that all patients with a life limiting condition have the same quality of and access to, high quality person centred care, delivered by knowledgeable staff in an empathic and compassionate way.

Constitution & Workplan

The SNMPCF Constitution and Workplan can be found below.


Membership is free and easy to join.  Simply complete the membership form below and return to Your details will then be held on a secure membership database.

As a member you will receive:

  • Access to our wide network of SNMPCF Members.  These include healthcare professionals, researchers, other palliative care groups and third sector organisations
  • Access to national and local contacts or forums
  • Regular SNMPCF e-mail alerts and updates
  • Opportunities to participate in related research studies
  • Opportunity to join a SNMPCF action team

Key documents

The SNMPCF Palliative Care poster (PDF) reflects the results of a survey of health care professionals in 2015 about their use of Anticipatory Care Plans and Advanced Care Plans. A printed A2 version is available for members to use at presentations or events. Please contact Fran Bailey or Lorna Stevenson

Links to related websites

NHS Education for Scotland and Scottish Social Services Council have recently published:

Enriching and Improving experience. Palliative and end of life care. A framework to support the learning and development of the health and social service workforce in Scotland (PDF)