Communication Skills Training & Psychosocial Oncology Care

Topic: Communication Skills Training & Psychosocial Oncology Care

Location: Oncology Institute „Prof. Dr. Ion Chiricuţă”, Cluj Napoca, Romania

Dates:  October 24-25, 2013 and November 18-20, 2013

Invitation: Download it in Romanian and English.

The European Partnership for Action Against Cancer (EPAAC), signed in 2008 by all EU Member States, was launched in 2009 by the European Commission. The main aim of EPAAC is to improve patients’ outcomes, namely through sharing and benchmark best practices on cancer control strategies and care among European countries.

EPAAC Work Package 7 on Healthcare (WP7) has as one of its main objectives to implement a training strategy to improve provider-patient communication skills and psychosocial care in underserved European countries.

Good communication skills have proven to contribute for better patients’ clinical outcomes. As such it is recommended that clinicians and specifically physicians take training in communication skills as a way to optimize outcomes for patients. The new IPOS standard on quality cancer care confirms psychosocial oncology care as an important area that needs to be integrated in cancer treatment and care, and psychosocial distress to be measured routinely as the 6th vital sign in cancer settings. Romania, due to its recent development and mobilization towards improving patients’ cancer treatment and care, has been chosen to receive this EPAAC-WP7 workshop pilot-training.

The training will be provided by the main specialists in psycho-oncology in Europe and the workshop accredited by the International Psycho-Oncology Society (

There will be 2 training programs:

1st) Communication Skills Training (CST) targeting physicians treating cancer patients, from the main NHS cancer centres and relevant public hospitals in Romania – dates October 24-25, 2013. Download program here.

2nd) Psychosocial Oncology Care (PSOC) targeting professionals providing psychosocial care to cancer patients, mainly clinical health psychologists but also nurses and cancer physicians from the main NHS cancer centres and relevant public hospitals in Romania – dates November 18-20, 2013. Download program here.

IPOS Faculty:
Luzia Travado, PhD, Coordinator of PSOC program; Portuguese representative in EPAAC; Champalimaud Cancer Center, Lisbon, Portugal; Vice-President of IPOS
Luigi Grassi, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy; Chair of IPOS Federation of National Psycho-Oncology Societies
Anja Menhert, PhD, Professor of Psychosocial Oncology, University of Leipzig, Germany; IPOS Board of Directors
Darius Razavi, MD, Professor of Psychosomatic and Psycho-oncology, University of Brussels and Institute Bordet, Brussels, Belgium; IPOS Bernard Fox Award
Maggie Watson, PhD, Honorary Professor of Clinical Psychology, University College and Royal Marsden Hospital, London, UK; Past-President of IPOS

EPAAC and the European Commission offer the PSOC training to selected professionals who are motivated and willing to contribute to improve cancer patients’ care in their settings.

Together we contribute to improve the quality of cancer care in Romania.

Thank you!

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