The Learning Centre for Palliative Care: The Background

The Victoria Hospice Society (VHS) established the Learning Centre for Palliative Care (LCPC) in 1998 to formalize its education services and provide an infrastructure to support education throughout the province. By 2006, in addition to VHS, LCPC partners included BC Cancer Agency, University of Victoria Faculty of Human & Social Development, BC Hospice Palliative Care Association (BCHPCA), UBC Division of Palliative Care, Fraser Health Authority, and Canuck Place. The partnership existed to achieve together that which we could not achieve alone. In 2006, BCHPCA and VHS identified benefits to situating the Learning Centre within BCHPCA and the current structure for the Learning Centre as a branch or division of BCHPCA was developed. In addition to the previously listed original members, all health authorities joined as members. The original vision of the Learning Centre, to work in partnership to advance hospice palliative care education, has remained the same. The BCHPCA LCPC scope is the education of professionals, with volunteer and public education remaining under the umbrella of the BCHPCA.

Activities related to the (hospice/palliative care) education and professional development opportunities for healthcare professionals can be found on the BC Center for Palliative Care’s website, www.bc-cpc.ca/cpc/pall-ed-bc/  

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