The European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) has introduced a task force to foster international palliative care leadership capacity building. Chaired by Professor Raymond Voltz (University Hospital Cologne, Germany) and Professor Sheila Payne (Lancaster University, UK), it strives to influence, promote and advocate the development of high-quality palliative care according to the EAPC mission.
Steering committee member, Dr Gerrit Frerich, explains what the EAPC Leadership Task Force has set out to achieve and where your support is needed.
Many middle and senior tier clinical roles in palliative care involve leadership tasks and responsibilities. Yet, few clinical undergraduate or even postgraduate programmes include leadership and management skills. This may result in practitioners lacking the necessary knowledge and skills to optimise their role in their organisation. Leadership skills have begun to be regarded as increasingly essential in palliative care capacity building and there needs to be provision for teaching these skills. Several national courses have incorporated leadership in their curriculum, but also international leadership courses have been developed such as the Leadership Development Initiative (Columbus, Ohio, USA) and the European Palliative Care Academy (EUPCA). In 2017, the EAPC and EUPCA introduced a «leadership award» which recognises leadership courses across the world. However, a consensus on core competencies of leadership in palliative care is still missing, but should be achieved urgently.
Objectives of the task force
To foster international palliative care leadership capacity building, the EAPC Leadership Task Force has set itself three goals:
- to create a directory of leadership courses
- to create a directory of leadership experts in palliative care
- to reach a consensus on core competencies of leadership in palliative care (PC) and
to summarise the results in a white paper.
Together with national palliative care associations and your support we want to identify leadership experts and leadership courses in palliative care in Europe and beyond. We plan to search for relevant literature and curricula that will be analysed and will become the basis for a consensus-building process using the Delphi method with international experts.
The task force is chaired by Professor Raymond Voltz (University Hospital Cologne, Germany) and Professor Sheila Payne (Lancaster University, UK), who provide their lifelong expertise to set the direction of this ambitious project. The Steering committee organising and analysing the respective research is currently represented by Professor Frank Ferris (USA), Dr Martin Loučka (Czech Republic; also EAPC board member and task force link person), and Dr Gerrit Frerich (Germany). Members of the emerging virtual network will be identified and invited throughout the lifetime of the task force.
Get involved – Can you suggest national leadership experts or courses?
Of course, the participation of people from all countries is essential for the success of the Leadership Task Force. For this reason we would like to strongly encourage you to share suggestions regarding national leadership experts or courses with us. You can reach us via mail at TF-Leadership@uk-koeln.de
Let’s work together on promoting and improving leadership in palliative care across Europe and globally. Thank you very much in advance. Meet us at the next EAPC Congress!
- Share your ideas about national leadership experts and courses. Email us here.
- Read more about the EAPC Leadership Task Force here.
- Follow us on Twitter @EUPCAleadership
- Read more posts from the European Palliative Care Academy – Leadership Course on the EAPC blog.
More about the task force chairs…
Prof. Raymond Voltz is director of the Center for Palliative Medicine, University Hospital Cologne, Germany, and Programme Director or the European Palliative Care Academy – Leadership Course.
Prof. Sheila Payne holds an Emeritus Chair at the International Observatory on End of Life Care at Lancaster University, United Kingdom.