Pioneering the Future of Inter-Specialty Cancer Education: Breaking down barriers and uniting expertise
This event has been held in conjunction with the European Cancer Summit on 15 & 16 November 2023. Please find all details about the Summit here.
Thursday 16 November 2023 - At the European Cancer Summit
The programme at the two-day European Cancer Summit has been designed to include the Workforce session and a preview of the INTERACT-EUROPE Showcase Event on Thursday afternoon, followed by a drinks reception.
The current shortages within the healthcare workforce are having a profound impact on the dedicated men and women on the frontlines of cancer care in Europe. Doctors, nurses, pharmacists – they are all struggling to cope. More and more report burnout, forcing them to leave their professions. Those who remain are given more responsibilities, larger caseloads, and ever-taller stacks of paperwork. Mistakes under these conditions are inevitable, and care is being compromised. This must stop, and it's up to us to help stop it. This session discussed how.
With Workforce Network Co-Chairs Mirjam Crul and Beate Rau, including speakers:
A look forward to the next day’s Showcase event on INTERACT-EUROPE, a unique inter-specialty cancer training programme set to improve cancer care through cooperation. The INTERACT vision is all about bringing together oncology professionals across Europe, and providing them with the tools understand each other and work together to provide quality cancer care.
The curriculum was developed alongside 33 organisations from 17 countries. Last month, our highly successful pilot workshops brought together over 40 oncology professionals (including medical oncologists, clinical oncologists, oncology surgeons, oncology radiologists and oncology nurses) in Lisbon to train and explore inter-disciplinary approaches to cancer treatment.
This was only the beginning of our mission! The next phase is the new INTERACT-EUROPE 100 project, which will continue the legacy of the project expanding to 100 selected cancer centres across Europe.
The INTERACT-EUROPE Showcase Event offered delegates the chance to learn more about the takeaways of the project and explore future opportunities for pan-European inter-specialty cooperation. Find out more about it from our CEO on this video.
Speakers at this preview session included:
ECO paid tribute to volunteer leaders in the 2023-2024 mandate stepping down from their roles.
A look back at this year’s Summit highlights with Andreas Charalambous, President of the European Cancer Organisation, Winette van der Graaf and Kathy Oliver, European Cancer Summit Co-Chairs.
Friday 17 November 2023
A tour through some of the main achievements of INTERACT-EUROPE, introduced by Andreas Charalambous, Professor, Cyprus University of Technology & President of the European Cancer Organisation.
An explanation of the process taken to develop the inter-specialty cancer training programme curriculum, including indication and thoughts about its best mode of delivery in the future. This session was introduced by Kim Benstead, Chair for the Curriculum Committee, European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) and Co-Chair of the INTERACT-EUROPE Steering Committee.
An explanation and discussion of the principal activities of INTERACT-EUROPE in respect to its investigations of the role of technology to enhance delivery of inter-specialty cancer training. This session was introduced by Andreas Charalambous, Professor, Cyprus University of Technology, and President, European Cancer Organisation.
Key highlight recommendations of the INTERACT-EUROPE project were examined and explored. The future strategy and tools for achieving inter-specialty cancer training in 100 cancer centres across Europe will be set out for discussion. This session was introduced by Virpi Sulosaari, President, European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS) and Andreas Brandl, Surgical Oncologist, Digestive Unit, University Hospital Heidelberg.