• Complementary therapists' training and cancer care: a multi-site study.

      Mackereth, Peter A; Carter, Ann; Parkin, Sam; Stringer, Jacqui; Caress, Ann-Louise; Todd, Chris; Long, Andrew; Roberts, Dai; Rehabilitation Department, Christie Hospital Foundation Trust, and University of Derby, Wilmslow Road, Manchester, UK. peter.a.mackereth@christie.nhs.uk (2009-12)
      PURPOSE: To explore professional experience and training of complementary therapists working within cancer care. METHOD: A Questionnaire survey of complementary therapists practising in three cancer care settings in North West England. RESULTS: Respondents (n=51; n=47 female; mean age 50 years, range 23-78 years) had varied career backgrounds; 24 were healthcare professionals who also practised as complementary therapists (nurse n=19; physiotherapist n=3; doctor n=2) whilst 27 were complementary therapists with no prior healthcare background. Twenty-eight respondents reported working as therapists within a supportive and palliative care setting for over 6 years. Forty-seven respondents had undertaken healthcare-related continuing professional development in complementary therapies, although only just over half of the sample (n=27) had received cancer-specific training. Cancer-related complementary therapy training related to the adaptation of therapies and comprised predominantly short courses. There was a lack of standardisation in the training received, nor was it clear how many courses were accredited. CONCLUSION: Findings highlight the need for standardisation of training for complementary therapy provision in cancer care and statutory review of continuing professional development within this emerging field.
    • Updated European core curriculum for radiotherapists (radiation oncologists). Recommended curriculum for the specialist training of medical practitioners in radiotherapy (radiation oncology) within Europe.

      Baumann, Michael; Leer, Jan Willem; Dahl, O; De Neve, W; Hunter, Robin D; Rampling, R; Verfaillie, C; Department of Radiation Oncology, University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus, Dresden, Germany. (2004-02)
      AIM: To produce updated state-of-the-art recommendations for harmonised medical specialist training in radiotherapy within Europe. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The Minimum Curriculum for the Theoretical Education in Radiation Oncology in Europe from 1991 was updated under consideration of new developments in medicine in general, and in radiotherapy and its basic sciences in particular. Recent medical developments, national guidelines and training programmes from European countries, as well as equivalent documents from the USA and Australia were reviewed by an expert panel jointly appointed by the European Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology and the European Board of Radiotherapy. A draft document prepared by this group was circulated among the national and professional societies for radiotherapy in Europe for review before a European consensus conference took place in Brussels in December 2002. RESULTS: The updated European Core Curriculum for Radiotherapists (Radiation Oncologists) was endorsed by representatives of 35 European nations during the Brussels consensus conference on December 14, 2002. Compared to the earlier version the updated document contains specific recommendations not only for the 5 year training curriculum but also for organisatoric and infrastructural aspects of teaching departments, and for supplementation of the training by formal teaching courses. CONCLUSION: The updated European core curriculum is an important step on the way to fully harmonise medical specialist training in Europe and to guarantee equal access for all European citizens to highest quality medical care. The responsibility for the implementation of the standards and guidelines set in the updated Core Curriculum for radiotherapy (radiation oncology) will lie with the local and/or national training bodies and authorities.