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Cicely Saunders Institute continues to be a globally recognised centre

As a globally recognised centre for palliative care research and education, we are often visited by researchers and clinicians from around the world. The last few weeks have been particularly busy in terms of international visitors to the department, especially with the increasingly multinational reach of our Palliative care Outcome Scale (POS) workshops.

Delegates with an interest in adopting the use of outcome measures in research and clinical practice have been arriving from far and wide to share their experiences of implementing palliative care and meet with members of our department. It is always a pleasure to host visitors from different parts of the world and compare research findings and clinical practice.

We were especially pleased to welcome two groups representing China and Taiwan in February, who joined us for the POS workshops, and Greger Fransson (pictured below), who runs the Swedish National Register for Palliative Care. The POS workshops allow us to share our knowledge with and encourage delegates to implement the outcome measure (already translated into 11 languages) within their respective countries.

Greger Fransson

A contingent from Beijing Cancer Hospital, led by Professor Wei Liu Head of Palliative Care Centre and Day Care Centre, also spent a week meeting with key members of the department and visiting some of the sites that we collaborate with, including St Christopher’s Hospice.

“The Cicely Saunders Institute has an excellent reputation for palliative care and is very well-known in mainland China. The POS workshop was very well designed and thought-provoking. Outcome measurement is not only a requirement of evidence-based medicine, but also an objective indicator to evaluate patients' benefits from palliative care. However, there is no standardized palliative outcome measure in China. We hope to introduce POS family to China and spread the idea of palliative care outcome measures. In addition, we are also looking forward to further collaboration with the Cicely Saunders Institute in the field of clinical medicine, teaching and scientific research,”  (Professor Wei Liu, Beijing Cancer Hospital).

Group from Beijing Cancer Hospital
(Visitors from Beijing Cancer Hospital with Professor Irene Higginson, Dr Richard Harding and Dr Ping Guo)

We also welcomed a group from the Taipei City Hospital in Tawain, led by Deputy Superintendent Li-Lin Kuo, who were accompanied by representatives from the Science and Technology Division of the Taipei Representative Office in the United Kingdom; an institution which aims to promote bilateral trade, investment and technology cooperation between Taiwan and the UK. 

"We all agreed that leadership training is the key to the future and the world. The POS outcome measure is the most practical tool to evaluate the performance of our work in palliative care. All the staff here are so passionate and willing to help and share. Many thanks to Professor Higginson and Dr Harding, for sharing their experience and wisdom, and to Dr Guo who came to Taipei and introduced POS to us in November 2015," (Deputy Superintendent Li-Lin Kuo, Taipei City Hospital). 

Group from EDTROUK
(Visitors from Taipei City Hospital and Taipei Representative Office with Professor Irene Higginson, Dr Richard Harding and Dr Ping Guo)

Hopefully the steady stream of international visitors to the department will continue throughout 2017, especially given the exciting programme of seminars, workshops and lectures that are scheduled to take place.