European Palliative Care Academy
About the Course
This course identifies and trains emerging leaders across Europe so that they are able to contribute to advancing palliative care and address future challenges in this important field.
Our innovative palliative care leadership curriculum will develop your theoretical knowledge and skills in the fields of personal and project development, research, teamwork and advocacy applied to palliative care. The curriculum comprises of approximately 600 hours over 18 months. The course is to be completed part-time, enabling participants to continue their work in palliative care. You will benefit from highly engaging face-to-face teaching weeks, one in each of the participating centres (Germany, Poland, Romania and United Kingdom). In addition, the European Palliative Care Academy offers vast opportunities for informal learning and networking, as well as for studying palliative care practice during an observational week at a European palliative care institution of your choice.
Who should apply?
Applicants should have at least three years professional experience in palliative care. You will also need to provide proof of excellent skills in reading, writing and speaking English (CEFR level B2 or equivalent).
The European Palliative Care Academy is a joint project of the Robert Bosch Stiftunge / Germany and the four academic centres
- University Hospital of Cologne/ Germany
- Nicolaus Copernicus University Toruń, Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz/ Poland
- Hospice Casa Sperantei, Brasov/ Romania
- King’s College London, Cicely Saunders Institute/ United Kingdom
These institutions have jointly developed a curriculum and are offering it to emerging palliative care leaders of all professional backgrounds from across Europe. They offer one face-to-face teaching week each, so that the participants will visit all four institutions throughout the course. The course will develop the participants’ theoretical knowledge and skills in the fields of personal and project development, teamwork, research and advocacy. The medium of instruction is English. In addition to the four teaching weeks, the participant will do one week of observation in a European palliative care institution of his/her choice. Together with continuous assignments and a personal project the course comprises 600 hours and should be completed within 1.5 years. The course is to be completed part-time, enabling participants to continue their work in palliative care.
For the Leadership Course 2013-2015 that started in September 2013 twenty excellent palliative care experts from fourteen countries across Europe have been selected. The next call for applications is open from december 2014.
Aliki Tserkezoglou is a physician and works for an outpatient palliative care service in Spata, a small town near Athens. There she wants to establish an “Out of hours”-telephone service with the aim of enhancing the care for terminally ill and dying people. She shares this aspiration with the 20 women and men from 14 European countries who are participants of the first leadership course of the European Palliative Care Academy. They have a background in medicine, nursing, nurse-science, are social workers, managers or sociologists and they all dedicated their life’s work to the improvement of care for terminally ill and dying people. With the course they want to prepare themselves for potential future leading positions.
The Kick-Off of the first leadership course of the European Palliative Care Academy took place in September 2013 at the Centre for Palliative Medicine at the University Hospital of Cologne. In this course week the learning objectives focused on project management and personal development. Moreover the participants presented their own projects, which they implement as part of the course that takes one and a half years to complete. The presentations revealed that preconditions for good palliative care are still very different in Europe. While manifold concepts and better conditions for the care of terminally ill and dying people evolved in countries like Germany, Poland or pioneer-country Great Britain in the last decades, palliative care is still a very young discipline in other countries like Albania.
With the Centre for Palliative Medicine at the University Hospital of Cologne and the Hospice Rondorf the participants also got to know examples of good practice in palliative care. One or the other participant might have gotten inspiration from those visits for his/her one week of observation, which is also part of the course program and can be done in a palliative care institution of his/her choice.
The other course weeks will take place in Bydgoszcz/ Poland, London/ United Kingdom and Brasov/ Romania. In the meantime the future leaders are working on their projects, plan their observation weeks and deal with tasks associated with the course. In addition to that exchange und networking between the participants are facilitated beyond the course weeks, e.g. via skype-conferences for the development of the projects or with the help of an online-forum.
The pilot course is evaluated parallel and comes to an end in Mai 2015. The next call for application will probably be open from December 2014.