Specialist cancer hospital, The Christie, played host to staff from the East Kazakhstan Regional Oncology Centre this month in a collaboration to help improve cancer services in the country.
Placements were arranged in a number of key departments giving a group of eight visitors the opportunity to observe the latest practice in cancer management, radiotherapy, radiology, rehabilitation, supportive care, surgery, histopathology and cytogenetics.
The training comes at a time of substantial investment by the Kazakhstan government, with around £75 million being allocated to support their plans to improve cancer services in the next four years. The Christie joins some of the world’s most prestigious cancer centres in the United States, Europe and Asia, in becoming a key training location.
The Christie’s international team, working in partnership with UK based training company, Promedica, has led this initiative, arranging bespoke programmes for each individual through its School of Oncology, to shadow some of the hospital’s world leading cancer specialists.
This is the first stage of what is hoped will be a longer-term collaboration involving education and training and expert consultancy advice, which will help generate on-going revenue for The Christie, to be reinvested in patient care.
Professor Chris Harrison, Medical Director at The Christie, said: “The Christie is delighted to be involved in this exciting initiative to help train cancer professionals and establish world-leading cancer services in East Kazakhstan’’.
“As an international comprehensive cancer centre, our ambition is to be the partner of choice in offering specialist cancer expertise, education and training, to support the development of the highest quality cancer care.”
Saule Mananbaeva, Deputy Head Doctor for Quality and Internal Audit at the East Kazakhstan Regional Oncology Centre, who undertook a placement at The Christie said: “We have the same goals. We feel very privileged that thanks to the initiative of East Kazakhstan Regional Administration and Health Department, that we are able to observe in practice and use the best of The Christie’s achievements as benchmark in the strategic development of East Kazakhstan Cancer Services."
Christie Deputy Director of Business Development Jenny Scott is pictured centre with Askar Ibrayev, Lyudmila Rebenkova, Saule Mananbaeva and Dana Tulebayeva from East Kazakhstan Regional Oncology Centre (left to right)