Redesignation as WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing Science and Education with special focus on Palliative Care

The World Health Organisation has redesignated the Institute for Nursing Science and Practice at the Paracelsus Medical Private University as WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing Science and Education.

We are happy to be acknowledged for our first term (2016-2020) efforts as WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing Science and Education with special focus on Palliative Care, and accordingly, to be redesignated for a new four year term (2020-2024).

At the request of WHO,we are to:

1. Strengthen palliative care education and training

As an educational hub for palliative care, we will work with WHO to empower and support the health workforce in this area including the following actions. We will develop and publish educational resources on palliative care. The courses will be made available online (whoccpmu.ac.at) for self-paced learning and/or provided upon request on-site. We will attend annual meetings of national and international palliative care associations to participate in the work of the Educational Steering Groups as well as collaborate and network with global palliative care leaders, patient representatives, governmental organisations, ICN and allied associations, to develop and improve global advocacy for improved access to palliative care education. Additionally, will share relevant information regarding nursing and palliative care developments using the whocc.pmu.ac.at website and Twitter handle (@CentreWho).

2. Strengthen nurse-led palliative care, through collecting, collating and disseminating evidence on palliative care in outpatient care and long-term care facilities

WHO CC in Salzburg  will carry out a number of systematic/or scoping reviews, in the context of nurse-led palliative care services, since a research gap exists in relation to implications of prolonged disease trajectories to nurse-led palliative care services, why this will be examined and discussed thorough 3 reviews. The evidence collated will be disseminated though relevant stakeholders to promote sustainable nurse-led palliative care and highlight possible challenges and opportunities related to work distress, preparedness and staff turnover for policy makers and practitioners. To celebrate the international Year of Nurses and Midwives 2020,  in collaboration with the European Association for Palliative Care, we will publish a series of blog post on nursing and nurses’ role in palliative care to celebrate the year of nurses and midwives.

3. To assist WHO in dissemination of evidence and information regarding digital innovations in integrated palliative care

Health technology can be integrated in a variety of forms, reaching increasing numbers of users and offers vast potential to support and improve palliative care. We will collate information on effects and limitations of telepalliative interventions addressing less frequent outcome measures, such as patient education and/or social support. The WHO CC in Salzburg  will promote health literacy and life-long-learning using digital technologies among nurses and informal caregivers, advising on digital innovations in home and long-term care settings.

WHO's Role

Linked to the 13th GPW target of 1 billion more people benefitting from UHC, WHO will work with the institution to provide technical advice, and support a dissemination strategy, to assure uptake of research results and best practice sharing by policy makers, practitioners and other relevant stakeholders.