Dr Julia Riley announces the opening of nominations for next year’s EJPC Award, inaugurated in 2014 with much success. (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).
Last year we launched the EJPC Palliative Care Policy Development Award. It was a great success, with a huge number of high-quality individuals nominated by their colleagues. We were impressed by the variety of initiatives in palliative care policy development taking place worldwide, which gave us the opportunity to get a vision of the global situation.
Last year’s winner, Dr Olga Usenko, is a real inspiration, an individual who has devoted her life to changing palliative medicine in Russia. No doubt her work has contributed to the decision, in October, by a Siberian District Court, to acquit Dr Alevtina Khorinyak by deciding that her act of prescribing pain medication to a dying family friend did not constitute a crime. 1
Nominations to the EJPC Award open today, 1 December. We hope to receive the same variety of educational, fundraising and political activism nominations we received last year, many of which would have made worthy winners.
How to write a nomination?
Try to convey, in your nomination, the passion that the person you are nominating has demonstrated for their cause. I hope to be awarding the prize to your colleague at the closing ceremony of the 14th EAPC World Congress in Copenhagen next May. But most of all I look forward to being inspired by the work of the nominees.
How to apply for the EJPC Award?
Visit the nominations website now to read about last year’s nominations and get ideas and inspiration. Later this week, you will be able to submit your nomination online for the 2015 EJPC Award.
- Nieuwhof A. Russian doctor acquitted of criminal charges over prescribing pain medication. EAPC blog 29 October 2014.