Our centre was established in 2001. It is organized with a central unit for research, education and service development at the regional University Hospital in Bergen, connected to a multidisciplinary network of part-time clinical co-workers.
The doctors, nurses, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, pharmacist, and pastor in the regional network have been recruited from clinical services all over the healthcare region, where they provide palliative care as part of their daily work. They have one-two days per week devoted to research, education, or advisory/developmental work in palliative care, covering all parts of Western Norway. One central task is running competence networks for healthcare professionals. The team members have a special responsibility for promoting the aims of palliative care within their own healthcare professions.