Centre: Centre for Lifelong Learning
Applications will be screened basis following selection preferences:
RATIONALE FOR CERTIFICATE COURSE IN ONCOLOGICAL CAREGIVING
Practioners identify delivery of affordable and equitable care for Cancer as one of the greatest public health challenges confronting India. However, while there is shared concern over less than commensurate availability of diagnostic and treatment facilities to address an expected burgeoning of Cancer cases, relatively little is said about the social care aspects of living with Cancer.
It is in anticipation of this unarticulated deficit that the Centre for Lifelong Learning, Tata Institute of Social Sciences with the support of the Office of the Director, TISS initiated a Certificate in Oncological Care Giving in 2015. An NGO 'Sanjeevani.....Life Beyond Cancer located in Mumbai was the first collaborative partner as they had come forward to discuss the need for such a certification. Their objective was to offer this certification as a source of livelihood for cancer survivors. The express intent of the course is to develop a pool of caregivers who may work in home based or institutional settings.
Positive diagnosis of Cancer challenges the entire sense of well-being of an individual; resulting in psychological vulnerability and alienation. Patients need dedicated supervision to successfully transition and settle into prescribed treatment modules. Designated caregivers need to interpret symptoms of discomfort and successively attend to the same. Patients in hospital wards also require regular counseling and encouragement.
Trained caregivers therefore need to be seasoned handlers; mature and competent enough to engage with patients, figure their needs and navigate them through an elaborate and often- exhausting series of medical interventions. Accordingly, the Course curriculum is designed to focus upon empathetic, emotive, nutritional, paramedical, physio-therapeutic as well as spiritual aspects of oncological care. Pedagogy will combine regular and experimental classroom teaching with immersive field training.
Finally, it is necessary to acknowledge that the burden of Cancer manifests as high economic costs to affected households. Enfeeblement, loss of confidence, loss of livelihood and socio-economic abandonment are common outcomes for an affected individual.
It is envisaged that this course may lead to a larger project of building a syncretic network involving Cancer survivors and patients from all socio-economic categories. The idea is not restricted to rehabilitation of underprivileged Cancer survivors. It is also acknowledged that preference for Cancer survivors is based on the belief that their personal tryst with Cancer could make them more sensitive and empathetic. However, the course is open to all those who are committed to care-giving for cancer patients.
The Course has three primary objectives:
WORK & EMPLOYMENT
There is a great need for trained caregivers apart from medical professionals for those under treatment as well as those who have survived cancer. Apart from hospital and home based care, innovative work settings include wellness centres, day care facilities and support group facilitation.
After the completion of the Course, participants will be able to:
DURATION OF COURSE
15 weeks full time Programme consisting of 4 Courses of 2 Credits (30 hours) each to be covered in 4 weeks and 8 weeks of supervised work (Field Practicals) in institutions & hospitals.
Field Practicals Viva & Evaluation;
Some implementing organisations may choose to provide ID cards, stationery study materials, hospital apron during practicals and first aid kit to the students. They may also provide a mid-day meal or snack.
The student will receive a joint certificate from TISS and the implementing organisation.
The implementing organisation may or may not take the responsibility for job placement. This will be stated in the MOU signed with the implementing organisation.
For further information, please contact or write to:
ChairpersonCentre for Lifelong LearningTata Institute of Social SciencesNaoroji Campus, Deonar Farm Road, Deonar, Mumbai - 400 088Tel. No.: 2552 5682 / 5000
LOCATIONS BUS ROUTES
From Dadar Station : 92, 93, 504, 506, 521 (all Ltd.)
From Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus : 21 (Ltd.).
From Bandra Station : 355, 505 (all Ltd.)
From Kurla Station : 362 and 501 Ltd.
From Sion : 352
Distribution of Credit Hours:
A detailed outline of each course is given below.
COCG 1:Becoming an Effective Care Giver (30 Hours- 2 Credits)
This course will encourage the learner to look at one’s own self and reflect upon the attitudes that they carry. It will create self-awareness of their values and beliefs in dealing with illness, managing their emotions and stress arising out of the care-giving function. It is a foundational course, which will strengthen their motivation, create empathy and compassion in their work with those affected by Cancer.
COCG 2 : Recovering Lost Ground: Roles of a Cancer Care Giver (30 Hours – 2 Credits)
This course will provide a brief introduction to Cancer, orienting learners with the types, spread and risk factors associated with Cancer. It will fix ideas on how and under what conditions Cancer invades and colonizes the human body. Subsequently medical support skills necessary to provide rehabilitative care to Cancer patients will be imparted to the learners.
COCG 3: Living With Cancer: Building Inner Fight and Fortitude in the Patient (30 Hours – 2 Credits)
This Course will deal with three primary extra-clinical components of Cancer Care
Part 1: The Course will shed light on how nutrition does play a crucial role in management of Cancer. It will be discussed if diet imbalance could be a contributing factor in causing diseases. Learners will be introduced to the essentials of nutrition and braced with information necessary to provide efficient Cancer care. (10 Hours)
Part 2: Cancer and its various treatments are associated with a wide range of distressing physical and psychological symptoms, which can affect patients for many years following the end of treatment. Physiotherapy can play an important role in restoring physical function, minimizing pain and improving the patient’s independence and quality of life. (10 Hours)
Part 3: Yoga and spiritual support can help patients cope with the debilitating effects of cancer by reducing anxiety, depression and fear. (10 Hours)
This course will equip the caregiver with essential knowledge of nutrition, Physiotherapy, Yoga and Spirituality to enable the patients to manage their bodies and mind during and post cancer treatment.
COCG 4: Development of Auxiliary Skills (30 Hours – 2 Credits)
Care workers function under a huge burden of responsibility. The task is all consuming and allows little room for error. Minor slips could result in dire consequences. This module will suggest a set of simple practical and organizational tools to enable care givers to sort priorities, standardize and routinize tasks and have advance visibility of check-ups, appointments etc.
Suggested tools help define the contours of the care giving process and help sequentialize tasks, making the process comprehensible and manageable.
PART 1: Co-ordination of Care and Referrals
PART 2: English and Digital Communcation
FIELD PRACTICALS (240 Hours – 8 Credits)
Field instruction provides an opportunity for learners to integrate classroom learning with practice. Students get the opportunity to test out in ‘reality’ the relevance and applicability of knowledge, values and skills obtained in the classroom.
In the case of a course on Care-giving, instruction in the hospital and wards under the supervision of nurse professionals will enable the students to practice the skills, hone them into competencies and perform them with confidence upon the completion of the course.
PLAN FOR PRACTICALS
Fieldwork will consist of supervised placement of students in institutions like hospitals, recovery centers or nursing homes. One on-site supervisor, preferably a nurse, will be appointed for each group of five students. A continuous assessment of student fieldwork will take place through supervisory reports of Program Coordinator on student recordings/journal entries. There will be a mid placement review followed by final evaluation of student performance guided by prescribed assessment tools.
The final assessment will be done through a Viva Voce, a demonstration of skill and the completed Journal.
CONTENT OF PRACTICALS
Studies show that patients and families are most concerned about the skill set of the caregiver, trust matters a lot, and satisfaction varies based on the presence of other caregivers. Generally people connect satisfaction with the technical abilities of their caregiver. These are basic people skills, which include effective verbal and written communication, being observant, and the ability to follow rules and protocol. These skills are critical to providing assistance with daily activities, such as taking medications, dressing, bathing and activities of daily living. In brief, a complete understanding of Primary Care with specific reference to Cancer Care-giving, is envisaged.
* Primary Care refers to : How to administer medication, sponging, maintaining body temperature, measuring and monitoring BP, Pulse Rate & Respiration Rate; ensuring overall hygiene of the elderly and appropriate Diet and Nutrition
*subject to change
The Fees for the student are decided upon by the implementing organisation. The Centre for Lifelong Learning has estimated that the basic cost per student is Rs. 9,000/- for 15 weeks. Some implementation organisations may charge upto 15 percent more or less, depending upon the facilities they propose to provide. The cost /fee per student is stated before the start of the course in the Memorandum of understanding signed between TISS and the implementing organisation.
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