Tuesday 26 May, 2020

Applications open for Cancer Patient Navigation Training Programme

The Caribbean Cancer Research Initiative (CCRI) is inviting medical professionals and cancer patients and survivors for its free five-day Cancer Patient Navigation Training Programme. 

Patient navigation is a patient-centered healthcare model that focuses on eliminating barriers to timely diagnosis and management of chronic diseases such as cancer. Barriers to care include:

-Lack of resources (cost of diagnosis and treatment, transportation);

-Confusion about the roles and responsibilities of health care providers;

-Systemic inefficiencies (lack of specialized practitioners, overwhelming waiting times, lack of patient referrals, misdiagnoses, lack of proper follow-up and aftercare); and 

-Psychological barriers (fear and distrust of medical practitioners, cultural aversion to chronic diseases)

Recognising this, the CCRI aims to build local capacity by providing free training to participants who will be eligible to be hired as CCRI cancer patient navigators.


Topics in the training programme include: Cancer Biology 101, Cancer Treatment and Management 101, Healthcare System Resource and Solution Mapping, Patient Communication & Counselling Tools, Patient Advocacy and Empowerment, Introduction to Clinical Research & Ethics, Mindfulness & Self Reflection, Dealing with Personal & Professional Conflict, Practicum on CCRI’s Oncology Nurse Navigation Software.


Training programme dates

Successful applicants will attend a 5-day training programme from August 27 – 31 in Trinidad and Tobago.


Eligibility criteria

Applicants with ANY one of the following qualifications are eligible to apply:

-Registered Nurse (experience in Oncology and/or formal Oncology training an asset)

-BSc. degree in a Health/Medicine or related field e.g. Counseling, Pharmacy, Psychology, Social Work

-Cancer patient/survivor or caregiver with an interest in being a patient navigator

The programme is open to persons from countries outside of Trinidad and Tobago. However, scholarship priority will be given to those working and/or living in Trinidad and Tobago.

How to apply

This is a competitive application process as there are limited spaces for participants. Please carefully complete the online application form here. The application deadline is July 31st, 2018 at 11:59pm.  Successful applicants will be invited for an in-person, scenario-based interview after the application deadline has passed. For questions on the application process email shaneil@ccrinitiative.com or info@ccrinitiative.com.

CCRI is a non-profit organisation that focuses on evidence-based solutions for cancer prevention and management as well as cancer awareness and advocacy.



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