India Train Cancer Treatment Centre (CTC) Programme
Objectives and Goals
The Lien Collaborative for Palliative Care (Lien Collab) efforts started in India on March 2015, when the APHN began its joint effort with AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences), to develop a programme for improved access to palliative care.
The project continued to expand to achieve the following objectives:
Capacity building of OPD services, consult services, and staffing of trained practitioners.
Sustained advocacy and policy support following WHPCD Programmes and Institutional Pain/EOLC Policies
Self training education capabilities
Opioid availability (Uninterrupted Oral Morphine Supply)
To date, Lien Collaborative for Palliative Care Programme has completed 3 batches of CTC training in India. We have trained 110 clinicians from 31 Institutions across 20 states and 2 union territories, and with the great support of 22 faculty volunteers.
The 4th Batch of CTC training (CTC4) has started in January 2020. Nevertheless, the Clinical attachment of the 4th CTC Course planned in Mar to Jun 20 has been postponed due to Covid-19 situation. Since then, we have shifted the training online to the CTC4 case discussion Webinar on 22 Apr 20 happening every weekly. There are a total of 17 Institutions and 63 Participants for CTC4 programme. With the success of CTC4 case discussion, the online training has since been extended to all CTC1 to CTC3 participants on 2 Jul 2020.
The Lien Collaborative for Palliative Care programme started in March 2015. The APHN began its joined effort with AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi) to develop the programme for improved access to palliative care in India.
CTC Training Objectives
The Cancer Treatment Centre (CTC) Programme in India aims to
1. Develop Palliative Care services at Cancer Treatment Centres in India
2. Ensure oral morphine is available at Cancer Treatment Centres
3. Teach within the institution & outside
4. Help build integrated services reaching to the community
Advocacy and policy
Every trained institution under the CTC programme will be equipped with the right knowledge and skills to
1. Start Palliative care and Pain management
2. Start round the clock Palliative care consultation at OPD as well as in the wards.
3. Have uninterrupted supply of oral morphine
4. Provide advocacy services
5. To incorporate palliative care services in their respective UG/ PG programs
Duration 14 Months
A core team of 22 experienced palliative care experts from within India serve as volunteer faculty for the training program.