Signing of Agreement

Signing of Agreement between Hospice Malta and the University of Malta
Hospice Malta and the University of Malta have signed a Collaboration Agreement concerning the European Certificate in Palliative Care (ECEPC). Hospice Malta, an NGO which has been working in the field of palliative care for the last 25 years, has organised the ECEPC course in Malta for the last three years.
Spread over two months (September-November), the intensive course is aimed at doctors and nurses who wish to improve their knowledge and skills in palliative care. Students are provided with the necessary resources and assessed at the end of the course, which is run in association with Princess Alice Hospice in Esher. Over fifty professionals have so far completed the course successfully.
The Collaboration Agreement, signed during an event hosted by Hospice Malta on Thursday 12 February, formalised the accreditation of the ECEPC course as a unit within the University’s Programme in the Liberal Arts and Sciences (PLAS). The agreement was signed by Professor Juanito Camilleri (Rector) and Dr Jean-Paul De Lucca (Director, Centre for the Liberal Arts and Sciences), on behalf of the University of Malta, while Ms Lora Cascun (Chairperson) and Dr Vincent Zammit (Chair, Education Committee), signed on behalf of Hospice Malta.
The signing ceremony was followed by the presentation of certificates to seventeen professionals who completed the 2014 course. Commenting about their experience, candidates remarked that “facilitators were very supportive and the course was well-organised” and that they were “looking forward to put it to good use in client practice”.
The next course will start in September 2015 and further information can be obtained from The demand for the course is high and the places are limited. Information about PLAS is available on

Professor Juanito Camilleri (Rector) and Ms Lora Cascun (Chairperson, Hospice Malta) signing the Collaboration Agreement


The Rector presenting the PLAS certificate to one of the successful candidates


Recipients of the certificate together with Mr Edgar Preca (Patron of Hospice Malta), Ms Lora Cascun (Chairperson, Hospice Malta), Dr Vincent Zammit (Chair, Education Committee, Hospice Malta), Professor Juanito Camilleri (Rector), Dr Jean-Paul De Lucca (Director, Centre for the Liberal Arts and Sciences), Dr Jurgen Abela (Coordinator, ECEPC), and Professor Joseph M. Cacciattolo.

16 February 2015