In 2017 PMU and EAPC launched a survey with the aim to collect information on elements of palliative care education from experts from all over Europe. The analysis revealed a high agreement regarding the existing core competencies of palliative care education. The results indicate that at post-graduate level all health care providers
- have to comprehend the palliative care philosophy
- have to be able to demonstrate the complex symptom assessment and management competencies
- have to be able to design care plans based on patients and families wishes integrating multi-professional and interdisciplinary approaches, and
- have to be able to listen and self-reflect.
Based on these findings an international group of experts have begun to draft a WHO policy paper on a multidisciplinary post-graduate palliative care education for WHO European region, which according to the WHO CC work plan will be submitted by the end of the year.