EUPCA Alumnus Georg Bollig receives the Heinrich Pera award

Dr. Georg Bollig with his award.

We would like to congratulate our EUPCA alumnus Dr. Georg Bollig who received the Heinrich Pera award for his initiative “Last Aid”. The award is given to those who support palliative and hospice values and help society embody these values.
His initiative “Letzte Hilfe” (translated: “Last Aid”) offers courses teaching palliative care and end of life care skills to medical staff as well as family members of those who are facing death.
More than 30.000 participants have already benefitted from the courses and the initiative has expanded to 17 countries in total.

EUPCA Alumnus Juan Pablo Leiva elected as new Pesident of SECPAL

Dr. Juan Pablo Leiva, the new President of the Spanish Society of Palliative Care

We want to congratulate our EUPCA alumnus Dr. Juan Pablo Leiva, who recently got elected as the new President for SECPAL – the Spanish Society of Palliative Care!

A specialist in Family and Community Medicine, Juan Pablo works in the Support and Palliative Care Team at Manacor Hospital, Mallorca. He believes that palliative care is a strategic key to the humanization of health and says that “we are living a complex historical moment that can be illuminated through working in interdisciplinary teams, and it’s time for healing through leading care for the patients and their families.”

We are positive that he will fulfill his new position outtandingly and wish him all the best!

The EUPCA Leadership Course from the perspective of an Alumni:

Read in the latest issue of the Danish journal “Omsorg” about our leadership course and important and fascinating projects of the course Alumni, which will influence the future practice of palliative care: Click here to gain access to the article!

Dr. Georg Bollig, Associate Professor of Palliative Care at the University of Southern Denmark, who successfully completed the course in 2019, and Dr. Gerrit Frerich, who successfully coordinated the EUPCA course from the beginning, give exciting insights into the structure of the course, which has expanded the leadership capacity in palliative care in Europe and beyond over the last seven years.

Georg Bollig’s Last Aid project will be presented afterwards and is particularly impressive in its transformation into an international movement. The article concludes with brief descriptions of other alumni projects, providing an exciting insight into the need to advance palliative care worldwide and how our alumni are contributing to it.
If you would like to learn more about the EUPCA leadership course, please do not hesitate to contact us!


EAPC Task Force for leadership capacity building

The EAPC Task Force for international leadership capacity building has been established! Read the latest EAPC blog entry to find out what we are all about and where your support is needed!

We would like to strongly encourage you to share suggestions regarding national leadership experts or leadership courses with us until 1st May! You can reach us via mail at

If you are a provider of a leadership course, you will find our survey with questions about the course here. We would be very pleased to receive it filled out and returned to the e-mail address given!

European Palliative Care Academy 2019-21: 2nd Course Week in London

In the week of February 3, our participants arrived in the exciting metropolis to further deepen their leadership skills and competencies. Under the coordination of Prof Dr Jonathan Koffman, an interesting, instructive and entertaining course week was organized by our cooperation partners in London. The course week was held at the Weston Education Centre of the renowned King’s College.

The main focus of the past course week was research, which is an essential component for planning, implementing and evaluating innovative projects in palliative care. In addition to fundamental questions, such as what ethical issues can arise in the field of research or how to critically read scientific literature, specific topics, e.g. how to measure outcomes or  how to write an abstract, were also discussed. The corresponding expertise was imparted both theoretically in the form of lectures and practically in workshops.

The highlight of the course week for the participants was certainly the visit to the St. Christopher Hospice, which was founded in 1967 by the Grand Dame of palliative care, Ms Cicely Saunders.

A former fellow student of Dame Saunders and co-founder of the palliative care movement is Dr Mary Baines – a true leadership expert from the very beginning! The students got to know this outstanding personality in a personal lecture, were able to ask questions and gain an authentic insight into the development of palliative care.

The St. Christopher Hospice also offered the participants further in-depth insights into the concepts that make hospice famous as a driver of innovation, like their quality management or their new Learning Hub.

It was a very successful week and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all participants, lecturers and the organisation team in London!