The European Palliative Care Academy – Leadership Course

Planned: Master of Science - Leadership in Palliative Care

Planned start: April 2022!

Further information on the call for applications

Involved partners:

  • University of Cologne, Medical Faculty (Cologne, Germany)
  • Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Our Lady's Hospice (Dublin, Ireland)
  • Medical University of Gdansk- MUG (Gdansk, Poland)
  • Hospice Casa Sperantei (Brasov, Romania)
  • St. Christopher’s Hospice (London, UK)

The overall aim of the European Palliative Care Academy is to enhance palliative care in Europe by contributing to closing the gap in further education.

The European Palliative Care Academy is a joint project of the four academic centres

  • University Hospital Cologne/ Germany
  • King’s College London, Cicely Saunders Institute/ United Kingdom
  • Nicolaus Copernicus University Toruń, Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz/ Poland
  • Hospice Casa Sperantei, Brasov/ Romania

It is financed by the Robert Bosch Stiftung/ Germany and implemented in collaboration with the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC).

These institutions have jointly developed the curriculum and will be 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 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 their choice.

Together with continuous assignments and a personal project the course comprises approximately 690 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.

The Leadership Course 2019-21 has started in September 2019 and runs until May 2022. 22 excellent palliative care experts, representing five different professions and from 16 countries across Europe and beyond have been selected to take part in the course.

The European Palliative Care Academy is funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

Course Outline (2019-2022)

23/09/2019 - 27/09/2019 03/02/2020 - 07/02/2020 07/03/2022 - 11/03/22 09/05/2022 - 13/05/2022 after 1st before 4th Week
Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Observational Week
Cologne, Germany London, United Kingdom Gdansk, Poland Brasov, Romania Place tbd by participant 

Personal Development

Project Management

  Research Methods Teamwork Advocacy Observation
Intro by all academic centres        


Coordinating Office

Annika Fritzsche
University Hospital Cologne
Centre for Palliative Medicine
50924 Cologne

Telephone +49 221 478-81385
Fax +49 221 478-87597

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