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2011

End of Life Care Training

King's College London and Lancaster University will train international researchers in palliative care as part of a €4million drive to improve care and its quality in Europe and identify tools to improve it. Funded by the EU, this unprecedented investment in palliative care reflects the dramatic increase in the aging population which Europe will see in the next few years. The EUROIMPACT will train 12 junior and four experienced researchers at six universities and research institutes in Belgium, the Netherlands, UK, Norway and Italy, all at the forefront of palliative care research training.

Richard Harding from the Cicely Saunders Institute at King’s said: ‘We are excited to be a partner in Euro Impact and to create new opportunities for future leaders in palliative care research for Europe. The Euro Impact Fellows are learning new skills and creating new knowledge that will ultimately lead to better care for patients with life-limiting disease and their families, and will enable us to raise the standard of care for European citizens facing the end of life.’  The 12 Fellows from across Europe will participate in the postgraduate palliative care education programme at the Cicely Saunders Institute, recently funded by Cicely Saunders international.

The project will collaborate with several European organisations in palliative care and geriatrics. Professor Luc Deliens of the End-of-Life Care Research Group of the University of Ghent and Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium is coordinating the project, with Professor Lieve Van den Block

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