Leadership in Palliative Care

Presentations for the EUPCA workshop Sustaining Palliative Care Services in the Covid-19 Pandemic

Tuesday 5th October 3pm to 6pm CET

This leadership pre-conference workshop at the 17th World Congress Of The European Association For Palliative Care focused on how we are sustaining, and even growing, our palliative care services throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Click the images below to view the presentations or view the EUPCA workshop programme here.


The field of PC already offers many opportunities to develop clinical, research and education skills (Bausewein et al . 2015 ; Downing et al. 2014 ; Gamondi et al. 2013 ; Hughes et al. 2014 ; Payne 2010). More recently, leadership skills have begun to be regarded as essential in  PC capacity building and provision for teaching these skills has started. International leadership courses have been developed such as, the international Leadership Development Initiative for physicians (Columbus, Ohio, USA) and the international multidisciplinary leadership course European Palliative Care Academy (EUPCA). Several national courses have incorporated leadership  in their curriculum, e.g. multiprofessional research-related Leadership is included in Palliative Care blended learning PhD programme (Lancaster University, UK), the Hospice Strategic-Leadership-Programme by the Hospice UK and the Westcott Group (London, UK) and the MSc programme in PC Austria. Since 2017, EUPCA together with the EAPC have started  a « leadership award » which recognises  leadership courses.

So far, there has no detailed directory of leadership courses,  nor a virtual network platform of leadership experts, nor a consensus on what core competencies and capabilities are necessary for the field of PC.

Raymond Voltz


Raymond Voltz (Cologne, Germany) 

Sheila Payne


Independent Consultant in Psychosocial Palliative Care.
International Palliative Care Social Work 

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Steering committee 

  • Frank Ferris (Ohio, USA)
  • Gerrit Frerich (Cologne, Germany)
  • Martin Loucka – EAPC Board link



Members of the emerging virtual network will be identified and invited throughout the life time of the Task Force.



Aims and Objectives

Aim: To foster international Palliative Care leadership capacity building in order to influence, promote and advocate the development of high quality palliative care according to the EAPC mission.

  1. To create a directory of palliative care leadership courses and keep it updated
  2. To create a virtual network of active experts in palliative care leadership
  3. To reach a consensus on core competencies of leadership in palliative care (PC)
  4. To write a White Paper summarising the results and describing the core competencies of leadership in PC



  1. Compile a list of leadership programmes in PC and identify their level, duration in hours, accreditation, curriculum and contact person.
  2. Compile a list of palliative care leadership experts, creating and presenting profiles with skills and contact address in an online database.
  3. Establish a consensus on recommendations on core competencies in leadership in PC.


August 2019: Submission of task force application to EAPC board.

Online search: Identification of potential TF steering group, members and partners (course providers) and sending out invitations.

Oct 2019 – April 2020:

Directory of leadership courses: Identification of leadership courses and contact persons (online search).

Course providers will be asked to send their curricula and to complete a questionnaire concerning e.g. essential learning objectives, teaching methods, duration in hours, academic level. A database with profiles will be created during the life time of the Task Force. 

Virtual network of leadership experts: Identification of relevant palliative care leadership experts (online search). Participants will be invited to provide informed consent to having their details stored on the database. A proforma with details of core competencies and contact address will be prepared. A database with profiles will be created.

August 2020 – February 2021: literature and curricula are analyzed qualitatively. questionnaire is created.

March 2021: Ethical approval

April 2021: Delphi questionnaire will be sent out (e.g. via survey monkey) (1st delphi round).

May until mid-June 2021: 2nd delphi round

July 2021: 3rd delphi round

October 2021: Presentation of initial results of the Delphi study at the online EAPC World Congress.

Until February 2022: White Paper will be written.

References :

Downing J, Ling J, Benini F, Payne S, Papadatou D (2014): A summary of the EAPC white paper on core competencies for education in paediatric palliative care. European Journal of Palliative Care

Gamondi C, Larkin P, Payne S (2013): Core competencies in palliative

care: an EAPC White Paper on palliative care education. European Journal of Palliative Care

Hughes S, Firth P, Oliviere D (2014): Core competencies for palliative care social work in Europe: an EAPC White Paper – part 1, European Journal of Palliative Care

Payne, S (2010): EAPC Task Force on Family Carers White Paper on improving support for family carers in palliative care: part 1. European Journal of Palliative Care

Bausewein C, Daveson BA, Currow DC et al. (2015): EAPC White Paper on outcome measurement in palliative care: Improving practice, attaining outcomes and delivering quality services – Recommendations from the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) Task Force on Outcome Measurement

Jünger S, Payne S, Brine J, Radbruch L, Brearley S (2017): Guidance on Conducting and REporting DElphi Studies (CREDES) in palliative care: Recommendations based on a methodological systematic review. Palliative Medicine, 1–23.