Palliative medicine - Mersey



Training Programme Director (Mersey)

Dr Andrew Khodabukus

Academic Palliative and End of Life Care Centre
Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Ground Floor, Duncan Building
Prescot Street
L7 8XP

Tel: 0151 706 2274



Mersey Training Programme

The Mersey Higher Specialist Training Programme in Palliative Medicine aims to meet the requirements of the Specialty Training Curriculum by providing the opportunities to develop the relevant skills and knowledge. There are a variety of experiences available in hospice, hospital and community settings. The duration of the programme is 4 years whole time equivalent training. Whilst the programme can be tailored to meet an individual’s needs, each trainee will need to complete the following:

  • A minimum of two years must be spent in Specialist Palliative Care, working with a full multi-professional Specialist Palliative.
  • Care team as defined in the NICE Guidance on Supportive and Palliative Care (2004).
  • At least one year working in a Specialist Palliative care inpatient unit with a minimum of ten beds.
  • At least six months working with a Hospital Specialist Palliative care team.
  • A minimum of six months cumulative community experience.
  • Exposure to related disciplines: oncology, interventional pain control and palliative care for patients with non-malignant conditions.
  • Experience in research, audit, teaching and also in management and strategic elements of palliative care.


A draft placement plan will be disseminated each March following discussion with trainees and their Educational Supervisors. This is subject to change following annual review (ARCP). Each new placement will commence on the first Wednesday of August. An educational Supervisor will be assigned to each trainee at the start of each placement – they should be the first point of contact for queries or support, followed by the Training Programme Director: Dr Laura Chapman.


Mersey Induction Documentation

Mersey Palliative Medicine Information Pack


New Starter Presentation