Only well-trained, competent and confident staff can bring professionalism, compassion and skill to the most difficult and intensely delicate physical and psychological caring

The Serious Illness Care National Education and Training Programme in the UK is a collaboration currently between Palliative Care Institute Liverpool, University of Liverpool, Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Ariadne Labs Boston, USA.


Communication experts and experienced clinicians have worked with the Ariadne Labs team in the USA to develop an evidence based programme that supports clinicians to develop skills and confidence in using the conversation in clinical practice and to implement systems change within their organisation.


Key benefits from enrolling in the National Education and Training Programme include:

  • Linkage with Central UK Team and and Ariadne Labs, Boston USA
  • Partnership working with the Serious Illness Care National Research Programme UK
  • Participation in an evidence based education programme
  • Experiential learning
  • Flexibility in a training programme tailored to meet the needs of organisations
  • Choice of either on-site training or training delivered centrally in Merseyside 
  • Coaching and support for clinicians post training
  • Robust monitoring and evaluation system
  • Training and support in systems change and change management
  • Translation of education and training into effective behaviours and high quality outcomes for people with serious illness


For further details please contact: 


Dr Alison Coackley: 

Clinical Lead – Serious Illness Care Programme 


Karen Ross:

Project Co-ordinator Serious Illness Care Programme 




  1. National Palliative and End of Life Care Partnership. 2015. Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care .: Available from: [Accessed 24th August 2016]
  2. Our Commitment to you for end of life care.: The Government Response to the Review of Choice in End of Life Care, Available from:  [Accessed: 24th August 2016]

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