Lien Collaborative for Palliative Care Training in India
The Lien Collaborative for Palliative Care (Lien Collab) efforts started in India on March 2015, when the APHN began its joint effort with AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi), to develop a programme for improved access to palliative care in India.
The Cancer Treatment Centre (CTC) Programme in India aims to
1. Develop Palliative Care services at Cancer Treatment Centres in India
2. Ensure oral morphine is available at Cancer Treatment Centres
3. Teach within the institution & outside
4. Help build integrated services reaching to the community
Every trained institution under the CTC programme will be equipped with the right knowledge and skills to
1. Start Palliative care and Pain management program
2. Start round the clock Palliative care consultation at OPD as well as in the wards.
3. Have an uninterrupted supply of oral morphine
4. Provide advocacy services
5. To incorporate palliative care services in their respective UG/ PG programs
The project continued to expand to achieve the following objectives:
Capacity building of OPD services, consult services, and staffing of trained practitioners.
Sustained advocacy and policy support following WHPCD Programmes and Institutional Pain/EOLC Policies.
Self-training education capabilities.
Opioid availability (Uninterrupted Oral Morphine Supply).
Duration 14 Months
Till the year 2019, Lien Collaborative for Palliative Care Programme has completed 3 batches of CTC training in India. We have trained 110 clinicians from 31 Institutions across 20 states and 2 union territories, and with the great support of 22 faculty volunteers.
The 4th Batch of CTC training (CTC4) began in January 2020. Nevertheless, the clinical attachment of the 4th CTC Course planned in March to June 2020 has been postponed due to the Covid-19 situation. Since then, we have shifted the training online to the CTC4 case discussion Webinar on 22 April 2020 happening every week. There are a total of 17 Institutions and 63 Participants for CTC4 programme. With the success of CTC4 case discussion, the online training has since been extended to all CTC1 to CTC3 participants on 2 July 2020.
As of now, the Lien Collaborative training program for Cancer Treatment Centres (CTC) has successfully expanded to 62 institutions. This is a significant achievement, and we are proud to have been able to provide this training to so many hospitals. Recently, the 50 trainees from 14 hospitals of the CTC5 cohort have completed their clinical attachments between the period of Nov’22 to Mar’23 in the All India Institute of Medical Science, Delhi and Kasturba Medical College, Manipal. We are delighted to see such dedication and commitment from the trainees, and we hope that this experience has been enriching for them. In light of this accomplishment, we are pleased to announce that the CTC5 Refresher Training has been planned for April 2023. We believe that this training will help the trainees further enhance their skills and knowledge in cancer treatment.
We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to all the institutions that have participated in this program. Likewise, we are confident that our collaborative efforts will lead to better cancer treatment outcomes in India. We are thrilled with the progress of the Lien Collaborative training program, and we look forward to continuing our efforts in providing quality cancer treatment education to healthcare professionals across the nation.
Our Passionate Faculty
A core team of 22 experienced palliative care experts from within India serve as volunteer faculty for the training program.
Advocacy and policy