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Teesside Hospice develops course to address lack of lymphoedema training

29 August 2017

Teesside Hospice has teamed up with Macmillan Cancer Support to introduce a Specialist Lymphoedema Skills course in response to the lack of education around the condition.

The 20 M level course is accredited by the University of Teesside  and has been developed to address issues around complex lymphoedema management. It will provide Health Care Professionals (HCPs) with the knowledge and specialist skills necessary to effectively treat this group of patients.  

This course of study will teach the theory and practice of advanced skills in the management of lymphoedema, including the Casley-Smith technique of Manual Lymphatic Drainage and current available options for lymphoedema bandaging.

Module content will also explore the lack of public awareness, poor professional knowledge, delayed diagnosis and inappropriate treatment resulting in a significant impact on practice. Other practice-related issues include a poor understanding of treatment options among practitioners, a lack of evidence-based practice as well as difficulties associated with managing psychosocial problem,  and ensuring concordance with treatment.

The 10-day course will end with an assessment of clinical skills and an oral viva. For further information please contact Macmillan Lymphoedema Clinical Lead  Jeanne Everett  or  call 01642 811068.

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