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Dr Nkhoma has a background in nursing education and practice and health services research. He joined the Cicely Saunders Institute in 2016 as a Research Fellow (Florence Nightingale training fellowship). His fellowship focused on self-management interventions for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Dr Nkhoma works on a number of global health research projects to develop his expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research methods as applied to palliative care: such as ASSET: heAlth Systems StrEngThening in sub-Saharan Africa, Digi-Pall: Digital technology in palliative care, PRISM: Pain Relief Interventions using Self-Management, MAPS: Modelling an appropriate pain self-management intervention for adolescents with HIV/AIDS in Malawi, REaCH: Remote consulting in primary care, person centred care for patients with serious illness, and MAP-care: MAP-care: Multimorbid Ageing Primary Palliative Care.

Research interests:

  • widening access to palliative care
  • palliative care integration in primary care (in low-and-middle-income countries)
  • pain and symptom self-management
  • improving care for adolescents and adults living with HIV
  • improving care, outcomes and services for people living with and ageing with HIV
  • designing, testing, and evaluating complex interventions
  • improving care, outcomes and services for Informal caregivers


Research profile


MSc Palliative Care:

  • Research methods - Research Protocol Development
  • Research Project - Module co-lead and supervisor