Winner of the Third Leadership Award 2021: Fellowship in Palliative Care

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 17TH WORLD CONGRESS OF THE EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION FOR PALLIATIVE CARE…

Among several prestigious awards at the recent EAPC 17th World Congress, was the third Leadership Award presented jointly each year by the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) and the European Palliative Care Academy (EUPCA). Dr Gerrit Frerich, EUPCA Coordinator, explains.  


Prof Christoph Ostgathe, EAPC President, and Dr Gerrit Frerich, EUPCA Coordinator, presented the Leadership Award 2021 to Dr Libby Sallnow on behalf of the winning Fellowship in Palliative Care programme

This year’s winner was the Fellowship in Palliative Care programme delivered by St Christopher’s Hospice, London, in partnership with the Institute of Palliative Medicine in Kerala, India.

EAPC President, Prof Christoph Ostgathe and I (EUPCA Coordinator), presented the winner with a monetary donation, a Helsinki wall map (where the congress should have taken place), and a photo book about the nature of being. Eleven applications from eight countries across different continents were received this year. Although every single application was more than remarkable, one in particular stood out for the international reviewers: the Fellowship in Palliative Care.

This programme is delivered as a multi-centre venture, building on the expertise of a wide range of collaborators including Sanjeevan Palliative Care Project, Pondicherry, India, and the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The goal is to draw together a group of palliative care leaders from low- and middle-income countries who learn together to generate an in-depth knowledge of core issues in organising palliative care at the grassroots level. Graduates are enabled to address recent challenges in palliative care regionally, nationally and globally. The programme is taught using contemporary learning methods, such as strong group work supported by mentors to encourage personal reflection, local adaptation, and peer networks. It was previously conducted at the Institute of Palliative Medicine in Calicut, India, at the request of the World Health Organization (WHO).

 “We are honoured to receive this award and most grateful to the reviewers for their recognition of the Fellowship. Over 44 faculty members and 24 mentors have contributed to the 2021 course, and this prize is theirs also. Their sustained involvement is evidence of the richness of connection and learning on the part of all and we extend our thanks to them and others who have contributed to the reach and impact of the course to date,” said Professor Heather Richardson on behalf of the consortium.

 

The Palliative Care Fellowship is delivered by St Christopher’s Hospice, London, in partnership with the Institute of Palliative Medicine, Kerala, India, and builds on the expertise of a wide range of collaborators including Sanjeevan Palliative Care Project, Pondicherry, India, and the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 
Left to right: Dr Suresh Kumar, Dr Libby Sallnow and Prof Heather Richardson

Professor Heather Richardson is Joint Chief Executive at St Christopher’s and co-organiser of the Fellowship in Palliative Care.

Dr Libby Sallnow, a course director, is a palliative medicine consultant and academic in London and an honorary consultant at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Community Participation in Long Term and Palliative Care in India.

Dr Suresh Kumar is director at the WHO Collaborating Center for Community Participation in Palliative Care and Long Term Care and Technical Advisor at the, Kerala, India.

We would like to thank all the entries. We are happy to present this award, so that we can introduce more leadership programs and encourage other organizations to create programs to promote leadership competencies in palliative care whose importance still continues to grow.

Further EUPCA and EAPC collaboration

The EAPC works on the topic of leadership in an EAPC Leadership Task Force and collaborates with the EUPCA Leadership course. Current partners of EUPCA are the University Hospital Cologne (Germany), King´s College London (UK), the National Hospice Foundation Gdansk (Poland), and Hospice Casa Sperantei Brasov (Romania).

EUPCA’s new International Master of Science Leadership in Palliative Care (IMLPC) is planned for Spring 2023. For further information: www.eupca.eu.

Links and further reading…


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