James Norris the founder of MyWishes was invited to attend and participate in an intensive, week long palliative care masterclass. By attending, James hoped to develop his leadership skills and obtain insights into high quality, end of life care services operating across different regions. The following article is an opinion piece written by James about his experiences of the masterclass.
About the Masterclass
The masterclass in Palliative Care took place between 14 November – 18 November 2022 in Kozhikode, Kerala, India. The Masterclass was an advanced interactive learning program in palliative care. The program involved group discussions and faculty-led interactive sessions on the philosophy and practice of palliative care, initiation of supporting platforms and exposure to grassroots-level initiatives in palliative care.
The theme of the program was “Being prepared to lead change”.
Prior to the masterclass I undertook the award winning, ‘Fellowship in Palliative Care‘ programme’. This was developed and delivered by the Institute of Palliative Medicine in Kerala, St Christopher’s Hospice in London, Sanjeevan Palliative Care Project in Pondicherry and the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in Dhaka.
The Fellowship in Palliative Care is a six month programme delivered virtually. The masterclass was a continuation of this learning and conducted at the request of the World Health Organisation (WHO). As part of the masterclass, attendees also contributed to WHO palliative care policy documentation for the South East Asian region.