UWE Chemotherapy training addresses patient safety concerns

Issue date: 10 February 2009

University of the West of England The University of the West of England has introduced a series of training workshops in response to a call for increased vigilance to ensure appropriate training for health practitioners responsible for administering chemotherapy treatment to cancer patients.

Following on from the recent surveys by the National Patient Safety Agency the NHS has committed to a national initiative to improve and develop how chemotherapy is delivered to patients.

Pat Turton, Principal Lecturer in Cancer Care at UWE, has devised the workshops with Karen Skelley, Chair of the Avon, Somerset and Wiltshire Chemotherapy Working Group from the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

Pat explains, “There have been significant changes and developments in the way that chemotherapy is delivered to patients so it is critical that we ensure that health practitioners are up to speed. There has been an increase in delivering chemotherapy in community settings, and in the use of oral delivery of chemotherapy treatment and we need to be sure that practitioners are given the right support to provide the best possible care to patients. Each workshop is facilitated and taught by expert staff who are locally involved in the delivery of chemotherapy treatment or cancer care.”

The workshops begin on Tuesday 17 February and run every Tuesday for five weeks. Areas covered include current issues in chemotherapy, chemotherapy as palliative treatment for cancer, support for people undergoing chemotherapy with an emphasis on physical symptoms and emergencies, managing stress of people undergoing chemotherapy through provision of psycho-social and complementary support and new developments in treatment delivery and research.

Pat concludes, “The workshops are open to all healthcare practitioners working in cancer care in the South West and we have tried to make it easy for busy people to attend by keeping to a regular time and condensing the support into manageable yet relevant bite sized delivery.”

For an application form contact Celia.Maber@uwe.ac.uk


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