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EAPC 2014, Lleida, Spain

The department is pleased to report a very successful time away at this year’s European Association for Palliative Care Congress in Lleida, Spain. Six members of staff presented eight sessions over the course of the conference, including Professor Irene Higginson on An academic palliative care research career: Skills, competence, career choices and luck? and Dr Richard Harding presenting on Mental and physical health and multidimensional problems among HIV outpatients in East Africa: A multicentre observational study. Dr Lucy Selman also led a ‘Meet the Experts’ session, a session designed for delegates to learn about qualitative research methods. Susanne de Wolf-Linder also presented current work from her MSc project she is undertaking here. The Cicely Saunders Institute also had a prominent presence in the poster exhibition, with eight posters from seven different members of staff both from the clinical and research team.

With many delegates from different backgrounds in attendance the Cicely Saunders Institute stand was a successful tool to disseminate our work, resources and publications, with over 50 mailing list sign-ups from over 10 different countries. The CSI also had a great deal of interest in our MSc and PhD opportunities, with many alumni gathering at the exhibition stand for an informal Q&A from interested delegates. In addition to our educational opportunities, there was a lot of interest and discussion around the work we have done with the Palliative care Outcome Scale (POS) and its’ derivatives. Many delegates were interested in different translational and cultural validations of the outcome measure and new knowledge was gained on versions delegates are working on, such as Hebrew. 

 It was a lovely opportunity to see past colleagues and alumni and we look forward to next year’s conference which is due to take place from 8-10 May in Copenhagen, Denmark and in which Professor Irene Higginson is a co-chair of the Scientific Committee. More information can be found for the EAPC 2015 Congress here.