Ahead of the 8th EAPC World Research Congress, Dr Julia Riley gives a sneak preview of an exciting new award that will be made at the congress next week. (Dr Riley is Editor of the European Journal of Palliative Care; Clinical Lead, Coordinate My Care; Palliative Care Consultant, Royal Marsden and Royal Brompton Palliative Care Service, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK).
During late 2013, the European Journal of Palliative Care (EJPC), in collaboration with the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC), launched the EJPC Palliative Care Policy Development Award. The award aimed to recognise an individual working in palliative care in any country in the world that has made a substantial contribution to policy development through their research, clinical practice or as policy activists. The nominated individuals were then judged by the panel on the context of the contribution, the multidisciplinary nature of their work and the impact of any policy changes on patient and family care. We had no idea what to expect and were delighted to receive a large number of high-quality nominations. The 37 nominations were submitted from all over the world, including Europe, Africa, Asia and India. They passionately described the work of so many individuals, some of whom we had no idea were making such valuable contributions to palliative care in their countries. They ranged from individuals who have set up hospices or driven forward education or policy implementation programmes, to people who have quite simply dedicated their whole working lives to improving palliative care. We have written to all the nominees, many of whom did not even know that they had been nominated – a measure of their modesty. We hope that the news of their nomination will have heartened them. We will also be writing to some of them in order for them to contribute to our journal and communicate elements of their nomination that we found noteworthy.
The winner of the first EJPC Palliative Care Policy Development Award will be announced at the 8th World Research Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care in Lleida on Saturday 7 June. We hope that you will, as the panel did, find the winner worthy of the recognition. We feel that the number and quality of the nominations received for this first award demonstrate how valuable a platform it can be to recognise the contributions made by so many dedicated individuals. We very much hope that we receive the same number of high-quality nominations again next year. Having been nominated this year does not exclude individuals from being nominated again.
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We’ll be publishing live from the congress so follow the EAPC blog to learn more about this year’s winner of the EJPC Palliative Care Development Award, and other highlights from Lleida.
If you are coming to Lleida…
See you at the 8th EAPC World Research Congress in Lleida, Spain. 5-7 June 2014. Follow us on Twitter @EAPCOnlus – our official congress hashtag is #eapc2014
Nous aurons le plaisir de vous accueillir au 8ième Congrès Mondial de Recherche de l’EAPC en Espagne du 5 au 7 juin 2014. Suivez-nous sur Twitter @EAPCOnlus avec le hashtag officiel #eapc2014