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Dr Emilio Herrera receives award for policy development in palliative care

Dr Emilio Herrera receives award for policy development in palliative care

The president of the NewHealth Foundation, Dr. Emilio Herrera has received the Palliative Care Policy Development Award 2015 that is given by the European Journal of Palliative Care (EJPC) to people worldwide who have made a major contribution and changed policy in palliative care.

The award was presented to Dr. Herrera at the closing ceremony of the 14th EAPC World Congress, held in Copenhagen (Denmark). It recognises Dr. Herrera´s passion and effort to set up innovative models of palliative care in Spain and Colombia. In particular, Dr. Emilio Herrera has developed a compassionate social care model which empowered families and carers and aligned professionals and resources to provide high-quality integrated care to end-of-life patients.

On accepting the award, Dr. Herrera said: “In the context of the new paradigm of people-centred integrated care models, it´s time for palliative care to become the example to follow, integrating specialised palliative care services with social care and community services”. You can access Dr. Herrera´s speech at

The NewHealth Foundation and the International Foundation of Integrated Care (IFIC) closely collaborate to promote integrated care in Spain. The NewHealth Foundation has set up the Spanish Observatory on Integrated Care (OMIS, as a bottom up and collaborative initiative to provide leadership and knowledge transfer to develop integrated care in Spain. The OMIS achieves this by identifying and analysing best practices, disseminating findings, transferring knowledge, enlightening debates and mobilising key actors.