Dr David Oliver, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Wisdom Hospice, Rochester, UK; Honorary Reader, Centre for Professional Practice, University of Kent, and EAPC Board member, sums up some of the key matters discussed at the November Board meeting of the European Association for Palliative Care on 1-2 November 2014.
The EAPC Board of Directors met at the Schloss Fuerstenried in Munich, Germany, a Christian retreat and conference centre surrounded by beautiful gardens and the occasional red squirrel! The agenda was looking forward to 2015 and the main issues discussed were:
Appointment of new chief executive officer
Dr Julie Ling has been appointed as CEO of the EAPC, starting on 1 January 2015. Julie has wide experience within palliative care and will be based at an EAPC office at Our Lady’s Hospice in Dublin, Ireland.
Heidi Blumhuber, the present CEO, will continue to work part time until the EAPC Congress in Copenhagen and will retire on 10 May 2015 after 25 years’ service. Members of the Board expressed their thanks to Heidi, who has been involved in the EAPC from its inception and has supported the Board and members so well. We shall miss her greatly and wish her well for the future.
World Health Organization
The Board welcomed the resolution from the World Health Assembly in May 2014 proposing palliative care be incorporated into healthcare systems. Work continues to help this become a reality across Europe.
Congresses – keep the date
- The 14th EAPC World Congress – Copenhagen, Denmark, 8-10 May 2015. The invited part of the programme is finalised and offers a wide choice on all aspects of palliative care. Register now!
- 5th International Seminar of the European Palliative Care Research Centre and the EAPC Research Network – Leeds, UK, 15-16 October 2015. (Website under construction).
- 9th EAPC World Research Congress – Dublin, Ireland, 9-11 June 2016. (Website under construction).
Social media activities are growing
Short, topical pieces from across the world are published twice a week on the blog, with an increasing number from Eastern and Central Europe. To receive an email alert each time a post is published, sign up on the home page. Activity on EAPC Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin is growing fast, connecting you to latest research, congresses, publications and global advocacy.
A White paper on Euthanasia and assisted suicide is in preparation – updating the EAPC document of 2003. This should be available for the Congress in Copenhagen and published in 2015.
EAPC task forces
Task forces will be publishing further papers on Spiritual care, Bereavement care provision, and Patient-reported outcome measurement in the coming months. Several task forces are looking at different aspects of palliative care – including some joint work with the European Academy of Neurology, The European Union Geriatric Medicine Society, European Forum for Primary Care and the European Association of Cardiology.
We are looking forward to the future with a new Board of Directors following elections in 2015. We welcome nominations for the Board elections (closing date 1 February 2015) – if you are interested contact your local organisation. Nominations are welcomed from all professions involved in palliative care and especially those in Eastern and Central European countries.
The Board welcomes comments from members and seeks to look at the development of palliative care throughout Europe, and in collaboration with other organisations across the world. This is your opportunity to become more involved!
Anyone is welcome to contact the EAPC President, Professor Sheila Payne.