INTERACT-EUROPE 100, Work Package 2 - Programme Design and Development

Co-Leaders: Universitatsklinikum Heidelberg (UKHD) and Heidelberg University of Education (HUE) + Turku University of Applied Sciences (UAS)

Bringing All the Voices Together

WP2 lead partners had initiated work before the Kick-Off meeting to ensure adherence to the project timeline. So far, their efforts have resulted in the completion of key documents such as the consolidated expression of course delivery expectations (T2.1) and its accompanying report (D2.1). The team is currently engaged in a study to map gaps in inter-specialty cancer training (T2.2), with a report expected soon. Additionally, they have reviewed and updated the ISCTP (Inter-Specialty Cancer Training Programme) curriculum to accommodate all professionals involved in cancer care, including medical, nursing, and allied health professionals. This update emphasizes a person-centred care approach, aligning with the EU's Beating Cancer Plan and the priorities discussed at the Kick-Off Event in Barcelona.

Development of online learning activities is progressing, based on earlier created learning outcomes, which are under review by the WP2 partners and the Education Board. Work is also ongoing to integrate automatic language translation technology for Romanian, German, Slovenian, French, Spanish, and Ukrainian into the learning platform. Moreover, the initial stages of work on add-on modules (T.2.5 and 2.6) have commenced, led by responsible partners.

In the coming month, the focus will shift towards recruiting experts for content production. The development of the Moodle-based online learning environment and the design of learning activities for the programme are also advancing. Key contributors include SIOPE, which is preparing the paediatric oncology module (T.2.5), and FrankoLytics, supported by ECO, which is conducting a needs assessment for displaced people (T.2.6).

The programme prides itself on inclusivity, involving diverse cancer care professions and specialties and translating learning materials into various European languages. However, this inclusivity also presents challenges, particularly in harmonising different perspectives to reach consensus. This complexity requires agile methods to meet tight deadlines. The WP2 team is addressing these challenges through close collaboration with WP3 and WP4 leaders, regular meetings with WP2 beneficiaries, and the establishment of an Educational Board. This board brings firsthand expertise and experience, including representations from professional societies and patient advocates, ensuring broad stakeholder engagement.


The objectives for Work package 2 encompass the development of a comprehensive digital learning environment, critical review and improvement of existing training resources, integration of new modules focusing on paediatric oncology and displaced persons' specific needs, and the creation of a comprehensive guide to support trainers, mentors, and participants. Additionally, the work package refines the training programme based on valuable feedback and establishes an Innovation Centre for continuous improvement.

  • Development of Digital Learning Environment: Create a framework and produce a digital learning environment with comprehensive resources for the inter-specialty training programme.
  • Critical Review of Training Resources: Evaluate existing inter-specialty training resources and identify areas that need improvement.
  • Digital Learning Environment Enhancement: Develop the digital learning environment, incorporating quality existing materials and creating new resources.
  • Module Integration: Integrate two new modules for paediatric oncology and displaced persons' specific needs into the training programme for all European healthcare professionals.
  • Programme Guide Creation: Establish an Inter-specialty Training Programme Guide for Trainers, Mentors, and Participants.
  • Programme Refinement: Refine the Inter-specialty Training Programme based on feedback and establish an Innovation Centre for future development.



Embarking on these objectives involves a structured approach that unfolds across various tasks. From consolidating expectations for course delivery to mapping gaps in inter-specialty cancer training across Europe, this work package ensures a thorough understanding of current resources and needs. The creation of new training resources and learning materials, coupled with the development of a robust digital learning environment, forms a pivotal part of this initiative. Specific attention is given to paediatric oncology and displaced persons, reflecting the project's commitment to addressing diverse healthcare needs.

Collaboration and feedback are key components throughout this process, with regular meetings, surveys, and engagement with healthcare professionals ensuring a holistic and relevant outcome. The work package concludes with a comprehensive guide and a feedback cycle to refine the programme design, setting the stage for ongoing innovation and collaboration.

T2.1 Consolidated Expression of Course Delivery Expectations

In Heidelberg, Germany, a partner meeting will be held to discuss the conceptual framework of inter-specialty training. This involves a critical review of the existing curriculum, creating a work plan, and designing a clear instructional framework. The meeting will result in a defined process for translating learning objectives into activities and specifying tools for digital resource development.

T2.2 Mapping of Gaps in Inter-specialty Training Across Europe

Conduct a survey to identify open access learning resources for integration into the digital learning environment. Develop a mapping protocol, assess resource quality, and provide recommendations for linking resources.

T2.3 Design and Production of New Training Resources

Plan and produce new learning resources based on mapping results and the framework developed in T2.1. A dedicated YouTube channel will be established for dissemination, with specific responsibilities assigned to different professions.

T2.4 Development of Digital Learning Environment

Use INTERACT-EUROPE results and T2.1 agreements to define requirements for the digital learning environment. Select and develop a suitable digital learning environment, ensuring accessibility for learners with diverse language backgrounds.

T2.5 Development of Add-on Module

Critically review the Inter-specialty Training curriculum to identify needs in paediatric oncology. Design and produce an add-on module tailored to the specific needs of healthcare professionals in paediatric oncology.

T2.6 Development of Add-on Module

Conduct research on the challenges and needs of healthcare professionals and displaced persons in Ukraine. Based on the findings, design and develop an add-on module addressing the unique challenges of providing inter-specialty cancer care to displaced persons.

T2.7 Inter-specialty Training Programme Guide

Create a comprehensive guide to support the successful delivery of the full inter-specialty training programme. The guide includes curriculum details, learning management system guidance, and step-by-step instructions for teaching, learning, and assessment.

T2.8 Feedback Cycle of Programme Design

Implement a feedback cycle for programme design, collecting input from trainers and trainees. Use the feedback to identify development needs, make necessary revisions, and establish an innovation centre for ongoing collaboration and improvement.



D2.1 – Protocol on Expert Engagement for INTERACT2 Content Development

D2.2 – Report from Mapping Survey

D2.3 – Summary of INTERACT Inter-specialty Training Programme Modules

D2.4 – Need Assessment of Misplaced People with Cancer

D2.5 – Inter-specialty Training Programme Guide

D2.6 – Feedback Report

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