EAPC Board Matters: Board members of the European Association for Palliative Care meet in Barcelona

Professor David Oliver, University of Kent, UK, and a board member of the European Association for Palliative Care, describes key activities that were discussed at the latest board meeting held in Barcelona, Spain.

Sagrat Cor Church on Mount Tibidabo, Barcelona

The EAPC Board’s most recent meeting took place in Barcelona on 14 to 16 March 2017. The EAPC is currently in a period of transition. Last year, the board made a strategic decision to open an office in Belgium and therefore the meeting in Barcelona focused on this move and ensuring a smooth transition.


The board discussed ways that we might better engage with our members, both as individuals and also through the national associations. We would be interested to hear from members with ideas about how we can improve engagement.

EAPC congresses

Madrid 2017
The 15th EAPC World Congress will take place in Madrid from Thursday 18th to  Saturday 20th May 2017. The preparations are going well and more than 2,000 delegates have registered so far – join us in Madrid and register now! An EAPC Volunteering Charter will be launched in Madrid – further details of how to sign up to this charter will be available closer to the time of the congress.

Bern 2018
The 10th World EAPC Research Congress will be held in Bern, Switzerland from 23rd to 26th May 2018.

Berlin 2019
The 16th EAPC World Congress will be held in Berlin from 16th to 18th May 2019.

Please note these dates for your diary!

World Health Organization (WHO)

There is increasing contact and links with WHO in Europe, and over the coming months there will be further links and involvement in this important area of influence.

Board members in Barcelona. Front row left: Julie Ling (EAPC CEO), Paul Vanden Berghe, Danila Valenti, Catherine Walshe, Anne de la Tour, Irene Murphy, Phil Larkin (EAPC President).
Back row left: Christoph Ostgathe, Josep Porta Sales, David Oliver, Carlo Leget

European Union

Professor Phil Larkin, EAPC President, recently spoke at a meeting at the European Parliament on bioethics and human dignity. (Read the post on the EAPC Blog). This involved many Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and he was able to speak on the role of palliative care. Phil Larkin is also visiting the Council of Europe in June at Strasbourg.

The EAPC is represented at the Civil Society Forum on Drugs – which considers the management of drug addiction, including rehabilitation and drug control. In various European Union documents, and in response to the United Nations General Assembly on the World Drug Problem, the need to ensure that opioids are readily accessible for people with pain has been stressed. This work continues, in collaboration with the Civil Society Forum. Read more about this on the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs Blog.

Social media

Our social media team continue to keep our members and followers in touch with all of the latest news through our blogs, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. The EAPC Blog has an average number of daily views of 231. Our number of Twitter followers continues to rise; currently we have almost 4,000 followers from 27 countries

Everyone is welcome to subscribe to our twice-weekly blog posts or to link with us through our social media streams. (See links below).

EAPC Taskforces

There are currently twelve active EAPC taskforces (all at various stages of their work) looking at various aspects of palliative care.

  • Spiritual care
  • Bereavement
  • Mapping in long-term care
  • Nurse education
  • Children’s palliative care
  • Social work
  • Occupational therapy
  • International Medical Education
  • National and international benchmarks to evaluate undergraduate training in palliative medicine
  • Call to action on undergraduate education
  • Development of core European Palliative Care Curriculum requirements
  • Undergraduate medical palliative care education

Two new taskforces were approved at this board meeting:

  • Palliative care provision for prisoners
  • International collaboration for the development of healthcare professional guidelines in palliative care.

A taskforce is a time-limited group looking at a specific area of care, with a clear planned outcome – such as a report or white paper. There’s a special section on the EAPC website with detailed information about each taskforce.

Reference Groups

There are now four EAPC Reference Groups:

These groups usually arise from a taskforce and are able to continue to look at developments within a specific area of palliative care. They will usually have links with other European organisations; for example, the Neurology group has close links with the European Academy of Neurology and the Intellectual Disabilities Group with the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSID). These groups will aim to develop these links further and seek joint projects, including policy and research interests. (View more information on EAPC Reference Groups here).

The board welcomes comments and suggestion 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 the opportunity to become more involved – take it now and use the EAPC Blog, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to contact us.

Everyone is welcome to contact the President, Professor Phil Larkin, or the Chief Executive Officer, Julie Ling. Please email us here.

Join the EAPC palliative care social media community

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