About this section

The Palliative Care Section’s purpose is to promote a scientific approach to and understanding of the palliative management of patients, their families and carers. The objectives of the Section include to stimulate research collaboration between Section members and other disciplines, to serve as a link between disciplines in palliative care and to disseminate good practice and establish standards.


The RSM Palliative Care COVID-19 webinar series

This Palliative Care webinar series will dive headfirst into Palliative Care during the COVID-19 pandemic and confront potential challenges and results with numerous professionals in the industry. These webinars will be available to access later online by those who have registered but cannot be present for the live broadcast. Check out and book the webinars below.  

Upcoming events

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You, me and PPE: The challenges of communicating in lockdown

Part one of the brand new Palliative care webinar series The human side of Covid-19: Reflections on Palliative Care.

This webinar will reflect on the challenges of communication experienced during COVID-19 pandemic and how this will shape future lessons on communication. guidance provided by expert speakers and facilitators which is relevant to all primary and secondary healthcare professionals.

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Palliative Care Section: George Adams Prize

Deadline: 1 October 2020


  • 1st prize - £500 plus an additional £500 for the winner's chosen charity/hospice and one year's membership to the RSM
  • 2nd prize - £250 and one year's membership to the RSM

Open to: Medical students 

Application guidelines:

Applicants are asked to submit an essay or case study of no more than 2,000 words that follows the title: Palliative care in a pandemic - what are we learning? The winning submission must be available to present at the Palliative Care Section meeting in December 2020.  Runners up may be invited to present a poster at this event.

*There should be only one author per submission. 


Palliative Care Section: Research Prize

We would like to invite submissions of abstracts for poster and/or oral presentations to showcase current research in palliative care (no more than 300 words)

Prize: 3 prizes for oral presentations and a poster prize.

•   1st prize £250 plus a year's free membership
•   2nd prize £100
•   3rd prize £50
•   Poster prize £50

Open to: All students either currently studying, or within eighteen months of completion of, an MSc or MA in palliative medicine or an allied discipline.  Healthcare students and healthcare professionals with research up to Masters level, quality improvement or audit in the field of palliative medicine.

Submission deadline: Submission closed

Submissions are closed

Section Council members

Section meetings and conferences are usually organised by members of the Section Council, led by the Section President and often in collaboration with specialist societies.


Dr Elizabeth Sallnow