Palliative Care Survivorship Unit

Palliative Care Survivorship Unit

Unit Head- Consultant Community Physician

This unit is responsible for the Hospital and Community based Cancer Palliative care Activites in Sri Lanka in close liaison with all development actors, partners and bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors in Sri Lanka.


  • Hospital Palliative Care Component.
    • Tertiary Care & Secondary Care (Palliative Care Consult Service).
    • Primary Care.
  • Community Palliative care Component.
    • Government sector, Private Sector & NGO sector (Hospice & Home Based Care).

Terms of reference

  • To work within and support the relevant National committees (National Steering Committee on Palliative Care) and technical working groups to develop and regularly up-date national policies, strategies, guidelines, protocols and frameworks for implementation of palliative care services in Sri Lanka.
  • To ensure implementation, appropriate extension and be accountable for palliative care services and reports as per national level protocols and provide technical guidance.
  • To collaborate with senior management team of each unit, Cancer care hospitals and other relevant authorities in decision making and carrying out of palliative care services.
  • To coordinate the activities of the Palliative Care Technical Committee and provide necessary recommendations to the National Advisory Committee of Cancer Control in Sri Lanka.
  • To work with other NCCP Units to develop comprehensive and coordinated plans for implementation of the National Strategic Plan and other relevant guidelines.
  • To develop guidelines and necessary standards of operating procedures relevant to hospices.
  • To coordinate and work in partnership with public, private, civil society organizations, and development partners at local, national and international level to improve palliative care services.
  • Training and capacity building of individuals/institutions in the public, private and civil society organizations on palliative care, in partnership with relevant programme areas in the NCCP.
  • To supervise and monitor the quality of palliative care services in the programme.
  • Provision of technical support, assistance and guidance to provinces, districts and other organizations and agencies in improving quality, supply and access to palliative care services.
  • Provision of timely reports.
  • Need assessment and provision of technical assistance for supply and procurement of necessary items or services for palliative care services.