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!