Dr Marlise Poolman

Senior Clinical Lecturer


Research Overview:

Marlise was appointed as Clinical Senior Lecturer in Palliative Medicine in 2009, and is based at the North Wales Centre for Primary Care Research in Wrexham.  Her main research interests are in last days of life care (symptom control and tools to support care delivery) as well as interventional procedures for cancer pain management.

She is the national academic lead for the Welsh Collaborative Care Pathway Project (for the last days of life) (WCCPP), with the responsibility of leading the development of the research agenda.   Marlise is member of the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Primary Care, Community and Preventive Interventions (PCCPI) Board. In addition, and building on a higher education qualification, she is (co-)leading palliative medicine education in North Wales, designing and implementing education and professional development programmes.

Clinically, she works as a consultant in Palliative Medicine for the BetsiCadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB), supporting the specialist palliative care nursing team in the community and providing sessions into the local hospice in North East Wales.



Current position held at Bangor University:

Clinical Senior Lecturer in Palliative Medicine – North Wales Centre for Primary Care Research


Other external positions currently held:

2013: Member: HTA PCCPI Board

2013: National academic lead: WCCPP

2013: Co-chair: Palliative Care Research Group, BCUHB

2011: Fellow: Higher Education Academy

2010: Co-chair: Palliative Care Education Group, BCUHB

2009: Consultant in Palliative Medicine, BCUHB

2009: Member: Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute Liverpool Pain Group


Educational background:

2012: FRCP, London

2011: Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development in Higher Education, Glyndwr University

2004: MRCP, London

2000: MBChB, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa


Research grants:

2011: Principal Investigator: NCRI Lung Cancer Supportive and Palliative Care Research Grant subcontract (awarded January 2011, £25 000) for ‘Cordotomy in mesothelioma-related pain: a systematic review of the literature’

2008: Co-investigator: NCRI Lung Cancer Supportive and Palliative Care Research Grant (awarded June 2008, £122 228) for ‘The role of cordotomy in the management of mesothelioma-related pain in the United Kingdom (The INPIC pilot study) (Invasive Procedures in Cancer Pain)’, Principal Investigator: Dr Matthew Makin


Key publications:

France BD, Lewis RA, Sharma ML, Poolman M. Cordotomy in mesothelioma-related pain: a systematic review. BMJ Support Palliat Care 2014;4:19-29 doi:10.1136/bmjspcare-2013-000508

Philp MR, Poolman M, Martin NP, Makin MK. Opioid use in the last days of life: what is good practice? European Journal of Palliative Care 2009;16(3): 110-115

Makin MK, Ellershaw JE, Leach A, Poolman M, Sharma ML, Nurmikko T, Makin RD, Bridson J, Hugel H. The role of cordotomy in the management of mesothelioma-related pain the in the United Kingdom. Poster presentation at the European Association for Palliative Care conference, Vienna, May 2009, as well as NCRI Cancer Conference, Birmingham, October 2009



Marlise is involved in teaching palliative medicine to staff from a variety of professional roles (medical students, postgraduate doctors, nurses, allied health professionals), in both formal and informal teaching settings.   In addition, she is involved in curriculum/programme development (e.g. Bangor University nursing home module, blended learning programme for staff in acute hospitals, communication skills training for cancer MDt staff).  

Marlise supervises several members of staff: educational supervisor for specialist palliative medicine trainees across North Wales, clinical and academic F1 doctors; academic support programme supervision as well as supervising a BMedSci student project. She is a founding member and co-chair of the North Wales Palliative Care Education group, which has representation from statutory, voluntary and university partners, and sit on the BCUHB Cancer CPG Academic Board.