We Won! EUPCA Projekt won the DHPStiftungspreis.

On July 5th , the virtual handover of the DHP Foundation Award (2nd place) by DHPV Chairman Prof. Dr. Winfried Hardinghaus to Prof. Dr. Raymond Voltz, Department for Palliative Medicine UK Cologne, and the EUPCA team took place. We are happy and proud. It was wonderful that some of our international partners participated in the online award ceremony. Thanks to all for the support.

Impressions from the #EAPC2023 18th World Congress in Rotterdam

Everything is unpacked and sorted back again… time to share some of our favorite impressions and memories from last week: what a great experience we had with European Association for Palliative Care – EAPC Vzw at the #EAPC2023 18th World Congress @De Doelen Rotterdam:

SANAD Hospice Lebanon winning our leadership award

Our very own Zuzana Kremenova winning the Rosalind Franklin Award for her EUPCA project paper

Raymond Voltz’s plenary session on Wishes to Hasten Death: Implications to Palliative Care

Our EAPC Taskforce Session on EUPCA success stories and leadership in crisis

…thank you so much for all the inspirational input, discussions and get togethers – it has been good to see you face to face again :)

See you in Rotterdam!

Finally the 18th EAPC World Congress has started and we are looking forward to meet you, to talk about our new International Master for Leadership in Palliative Care. Please check also our leadership programme. See you in a bit! :)

Congratualtions to our Leadership Award Winner 2023!

We are happy to announce our leadership award winner 2023 and congratulate SANAD Hospice Lebanon on their excellent “Capacity and Model Building Program” which was rewarded with this year’s award.

The program’s aim is to support and enable leaders in palliative care and their institutions to create their own palliative care service programs and improving the palliative care knowledge and skills of healthcare professionals from diverse backgrounds.

The award will be presented during the European Association for Palliative Care – EAPC Vzw Congress in Rotterdam, 15 -17 June, 2023.

LAST CALL | 4th Leadership Award

Do you run an excellent leadership programme that recognises excellence & promotes leadership as an integral part of palliativecare? In that case we are looking forward to your application for our 4th Award for Palliative Care Leadership Programmes! For further information, please check our full announcement.

Presentation “Leadership and Leadership Education in Palliative Care” at the 14. Annual SECPAL Conference

On Tuesday, October 26th 2021, Dr. Gerrit Frerich, EUPCA Coordinator from the University Hospital Cologne, held a presentation at the 14th annual conference of the Spanish Society for Palliative Care (SECPAL). This conference gathers palliative care (henceforth: PC) experts from Spain and beyond to present on recent developments in the field, showcase their ideas, and help drive forward PC supply.


As coordinator of a PC leadership curriculum, Dr. Frerich talked about Leadership and Leadership Education in Palliative Care. Coming from a distinguished German hospital, he first talked about the status quo in Germany with a special focus on the national Hospice and PC act which is unique to Germany. Introduced in 2015, it has produced a variety of favourable outcomes for national palliative and hospice care. He then contrasted the concepts of leadership vs. management, and presented different leadership styles and frameworks that can be found in a PC environment, such as shared leadership or charismatic leadership, and their respective benefits and limitations. Furthermore, he presented the first brand new outcomes from the EAPC Leadership Task Force which is responsible for compiling a list of international PC leadership programmes, a list of international PC leadership experts, and for establishing a consensus on recommendations on core competencies in PC leadership. Among other results, they found out that teamwork ist he most important skillset for a leader, and that PC leaders need to embrace the holistic PC approach. Further results will help to make recommendations on contents and didactics of PC leadership education.


Finally, he put the spotlight of some of the aforementioned PC leadership curricula: a joint PC MSc Programme from three universities in Austria, a PC Nurse Fellowship programme at Makere University in Uganda, a Strategic Leadership Programme by Hospice UK and the Westscott Group, a Fellowship in PC programme at St. Christopher’s Hospice in the UK, and finally the International MSc Leadership in Palliative Care. This programme is hosted by 5 different renowned institutions across Europe and facilitated in cooperation with EUPCA, and has trained more than 80 participants in PC leaderhsip since ist establishment in 2013.

3rd Leadership Award winner at the EAPC World Congress

At the EAPC Congress on October 7th, the EUPCA Leadership Award in cooperation with EAPC was jointly awarded by Dr. Gerrit Frerich, EUPCA coordinator, and Prof. Dr. Christoph Ostgathe, President of EAPC. The recipient of this year’s award was St. Christopher’s Hospice, represented by Dr. Libby Sallnow, in partnership with the Institute of Palliative Medicine in Kerala, India, for their “Fellowship in Palliative Care” programme. For this programme, in collaboration with the Institute of Palliative Medicine in Pondicherry, India and the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in Dhaka, Bangladesh, St. Christopher’s Hospice draws together a group of palliative care leaders from low- and middle-income countries who together to generate in-depth knowledge of core issues in organising palliative care at the grassroot level. The programme is taught using a wide range of contemporary teaching methods. Congratulations to St. Christopher’s Hospice for this excellent programme!

Link to the EAPC blog:
Winner of the Third Leadership Award 2021: Fellowship in Palliative Care

If you would like to know more about the programme, you can click on the links below