PhD position 'Empowering Palliative Care Teams in Flemish hospitals'
Last modification : Tuesday, June 21, 2022
The palliative support team (PST) at UZ Leuven consists of a
multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses and psychologists. The members of
the team have years of experience in palliative care. For this PhD, the team
works closely together with doctors and nurses from other relevant disciplines
to provide excellent guidance in building palliative expertise and research
skills. The research project will be conducted at the research unit
'Gerontology & Geriatrics', a clinical scientific department attached to the
Department of Social Healthcare and Primary Care of the KU Leuven.
According to the new definition of the PICT, a practical measuring tool to
identify palliative patients in time, 19% of the patients admitted to non-
specialist departments in the hospital are palliative. These figures from the
umbrella organisation 'Palliative Care Flanders' clearly demonstrate the
importance of quality palliative care hospital-wide. Social changes, such as
an ageing population, an increase in the number of chronic patients, evolving
technologies, predict that the need for palliative care will increase even
further in the coming years. Hospital-wide care teams will be more frequently
confronted with the need for palliative care, possibly with no prior
experience, thus lacking the necessary knowledge and skills.
Because of their palliative expertise, multidisciplinary nature and hospital-
wide commitment, the PST is not only important for supporting the necessary
knowledge and competencies for quality palliative care, but also for
implementing a palliative care culture. The PST supports and motivates other
multidisciplinary care teams to develop palliative care within their
discipline or department. To date, there is lack of evidence on how the PST
can best take on this advisory, supportive role. The ultimate goal of this
project is to develop, implement and evaluate an intervention that supports
PSTs in empowering care teams hospital-wide to provide palliative care.
You have a Master's degree in Nursing or Midwifery, Psychology, Medicine
or relevant related disciplines. Graduating master students within these
fields are encouraged to apply.
You have an interest in palliative care and its organisation.
You have good social and communication skills to work in a team but can
also work independently.
You have an excellent knowledge of Dutch and English, both verbally and in
A professional, multidisciplinary team with years of experience in
scientific research and palliative care.
The opportunity to deepen knowledge within the palliative care field and
the Flemish hospital system.
An excellent opportunity for early career researchers who wish to further
develop their research skills.
PhD position 4 years full time with starting date autumn 2022 (concrete
starting date to be determined in consultation)
For more information, please contact Inge Bossuyt, nurse specialist of the
Palliative Support Team, tel: +3216343560 or mail: email@example.com.
You can apply for this position by sending us a cover letter (your
motivation, objectives, skills, experiences) and your CV. You will be
contacted personally for the selection interviews.
KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish,
regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If
you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us