Compassionate Leadership Fellowship

Improving quality of care for those with chronic and palliative care needs is a priority in achieving Universal Health Coverage in India. Apart from training programs to improve skills related in clinical, teaching and research domains, the outcome of any health programme also depends on proactive teams across India working collaboratively with the right leadership skills. A huge need therefore exists to develop interdisciplinary leadership or development of leadership skills in palliative care.

The Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC) in collaboration with the Cairdeas International Palliative Care Trust, Believers Church Medical College Hospital, Global Health Academy (University of Edinburgh), and the RMD Trust, have therefore curated a year-long advanced leadership program designed to inspire, empower, influence, and transform future leaders in palliative care.

The course also intends to reshape how one perceives oneself and others leading to improved care delivery, enhanced team dynamics while also providing a strong focus on self-care and well-being.

The maiden batch of this course will be conducted between February 2024 – 2025.

Course objectives:

  • The course seeks to embed practices of compassionate leadership to those working in palliative care, and who are operating at different health system levels to effectively manage and deliver care for those with chronic and palliative needs in India.
  • The immersive learning process will also enable participants to develop critical leadership skills that will focus on individual leader development, building a collective capacity and influencing others.

Key Outcomes:

  • Foster personal growth
  • Influence policymakers
  • Collaborate with professionals across sectors
  • Build cohesive and competent teams
  • Develop affordable palliative care solutions
  • Enhance the patient and family care experience
  • Explore the theoretical foundations of compassionate leadership
  • Cultivate self-awareness
  • Become a part of a supportive community of practice
  • Expand your circle of influence
  • Demonstrate core leadership skills

Course Methodology:

  • Two one-week intensive training modules will be conducted at the Believers Church Medical College Hospital (BCMCH), Thiruvalla, Kerala, India
  • Ongoing online sessions between course modules
  • Mentorship and supervision in your workplace
  • National-level palliative care projects

Course Modules:

  • Self-Awareness: Exploring one’s identity as a leader, compassion, values, self-awareness, self-development, and conflict management
  • Team Dynamics: Learn about mentorship, competence, empowerment, education, quality impact, and delegation
  • Influence: Develop Skills in strategic planning, collaboration, negotiation, financial management, and media management


  • Mid-level Health and social care professionals who are actively involved in palliative care, who are self-motivated with a desire to lead, and can commit towards course assignments and leadership activities

Course Fee:

  • There will be no course fee for this maiden cohort of the fellowship.
  • A candidate’s accommodation will also be covered in Thiruvalla, Kerala.
  • Candidates are however, expected to fund their travel and other possible local project costs.

Registration and related information:

  • Interested candidates are required to complete the application form via a Google form. Please click here to apply for the course. Please ensure that all supporting documents are included. Last date to apply for the course is Thursday, 7th December, 2023.
  • Only 20 candidates will be selected for the first batch of the Compassionate Leadership Fellowship in India
  • Interested candidates will need to secure two letter of support from either your Director or Supervisor, or a Senior Colleague.
  • Please be prepared for a potential telephonic interview as a part of the selection process.
  • Please do reserve time for the one-week in-person training sessions in February. The initial session is tentatively scheduled to commence on Sunday, 18th February, 2024, and conclude on Sunday, 25th February, 2024.
  • Participants are requested to demonstrate a full commitment to participating in all days of the in-person sessions.
  • Participants will also need to adhere to all the course guidelines provided such as completing all evaluations when shared, submitting the required assignments and reports within the time specified.

Review Process:

  • The Compassionate Leadership Fellowship Team will review all completed applications received until Thursday, 7th December, 2023.
  • Successful applicants will be notified of their selection during the first week of January, 2024.
  • The decision of the review team is final.

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Introduction Letter

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Fellowship Brochure

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