As well as creating a space to welcome our whole community in South East London, we always wanted St Christopher’s CARE to act as a hub to connect and help develop skills in palliative care professionals around the world.
That’s exactly what happened, when at the peak of the pandemic, using technology installed in St Christopher’s CARE, we gathered 136 delegates from 43 countries including Iran, Chile, The Maldives and Bhutan for our Palliative Care Fellowship, a 6 month distance learning course.
It began with a five day introduction in February, helped by the wonders of Zoom, and supported by our partners, Institute of Palliative Medicine Kerala, Sanjeevan Palliative Care Project Puducherry, and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Bangladesh, we straddled time zones to help create the next generation of palliative care leaders.
There is such an enormous opportunity for networking and sharing of ideas which one would have never had access to otherwise
Delegate Archana Ganesh
People joining from their clinic or kitchen table were able to ‘meet’ colleagues from around the world to share challenges and solutions as well as join lectures from 38 of the world’s foremost palliative care experts. Since then the delegates have connected for formal training sessions and workshops at least fortnightly.
Here’s the positive response of one of the delegates, Archana Ganesh, Assistant National Information 5Officer for the Indian Palliative Care Association: “There is such an enormous opportunity for networking and sharing of ideas which one would have never had access to otherwise.”
To build on this success and support even more people looking to develop services in low- and middle-income countries, we ran an introductory version of the Fellowship in July, Foundations of Palliative Care.
Together we truly hope that these two courses will help more people receive quality end of life care, wherever they are and whatever their condition.
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