Optimising medical outcomes for patients undergoing appearance altering procedures via innovative training of health care professionals


Meeting in Bulgaria 

The fourth meeting took place at Associatcia licevi anomalii, Plovdiv, Bulgaria on the 5th of April, 2019. The main focus of the meeting was to feedback how the pilot testing of the developed training material proceeded at the different partners' institutes. The overall feedback was very positive, and the pre and post-tests showed improvement in knowledge of those that participated in the training course.


Meeting in Romania

The third meeting took place in Bucharest 11 - 12 October 2018. At this meeting, the developed curriculum was presented to the partners by Triskelion and HKR. The training followed the concept of "train the trainer" which induced the developed modules together with clinical case studies. Fruitfull discussion about the curriculum took place, and that resulted in some minor adjustments to the material. Overall, everyone agreed that the material is excellent and plans for the pilot implementation was decided.




Vocational schools in Istanbul

Thomas Nilsen from Triskelion had a study visit to some of the Vocational schools in Istanbul in early may, at the invitation of Mr Mustafa Demirer, principal of Esenler School, where he gave a presentation about several European projects, many that focusing on appearance and body image issues, including the CET project to principals and school health staff. The School Health Unit that consists of a doctor and two nurses provides preventive health, treatment and polyclinic services for students and faculty. The Turkish staff expressed high interest in the types of training CET project will provide for healthcare professionals since their target group is often found in the schools that they are serving.


Appearance Matters 8 Conference

The conference took place in Bath, United Kingdom between 12 - 14 June 2018 and dissemination about our project was included in the conference package.




The American Cleft Palate–Craniofacial Association 

Martin Persson attended the 75th annual meeting of the The American Cleft Palate–Craniofacial Association that had about 800 participants from 23 countries. At the conference, Martin presented a one-hour presentation about the European project IHEM - How Healthcare Professionals Can Receive Training In How To Conduct An Initial Screening bout The Educational Outcomes In Individuals With A Cleft. Via the significant amount of networking during the conference, our project "Cutting Edge Training" gained a considerable amount of interest.




Meeting in Bergen, Norway

The second meeting took place in Bergen, Norway on the 16th of February, 2018. At the meeting, the partners (Clinical Emergency Hospital for Children “Maria Sklodowska Curie, Associatcia licevi anomalii, Ars Chirurgica S.r.l, and Haukeland University Hospital) that conducted the national analysis and survey of healthcare professionals (HCP) presented their results:

- In total 66 HCP were interviewed and there were no differences in the responses overall.

- All believed that their patients are affected by psychosocial issues

- How the HCP addressed those issues varied to some degree, but no difference between the countries. 

- All HCP agreed that training in how to handle the psychosocial aspects is much needed. 

- HCP suggested that a training package should include: a) Practical information based upon evidence-based research that can be easily implemented (Not too much theoretical texts). b) Case studies

ECO presented their report about the patients’ perspective of those that undergo appearance altering procedures and highlighted their findings in relation to their experiences as a patient organisation dealing with this particular topic. 

Triskelion presented the required psychosocially support patients undergoing appearance altering procedures that result in scarring and body form changes such as cancer, burns, limb loss, mastectomy, plastic surgery and birth defects should be able to receive.  Based upon this a proposed model was presented on which components could be included in a training package.

HKR presented the pedagogical approach in how to design a training curriculum in relation to European Qualification Framework in combination with the latest research on educational training for healthcare professionals.  These aspects were discussed in relation to the current public health focus, especially concerning task shifting. 




School of Dental Medicine - Zagreb, Croatia 

An introductory lecture was given about the Cutting Edge Training project, which included the psychosocial aspects for patients undergoing appearance altering procedures, for healthcare professionals in Zagreb.




CET training in Thailand 

The background of the Cutting Edge Training project was part of comprehensive training for healthcare professionals at Srinagarind Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University and very well received.



CET in the media 

The project has already attracted quite a lot of media attention in Sweden. Over 45 newspapers have reported about the Cutting Edge Training project, including Aftonbladet, Lärkartidningen, and Metro 




Kickoff meeting

The CET kickoff meeting was held in Kristianstad, Sweden on the 13th of November 2017. The partners introduced themselves and gave a brief background about themselves and their organization. Martin Persson presented an overall project overview of the specific objectives together with key deliverables. In a collaborative way, the partners agreed upon the specific objectives that need to be achieved until the next meeting. Then an overview of the management and quality assurance aspects, which included the following:  a) Cooperation agreement b) Time reporting c) Financial rules. The meeting ended with a general discussion about the project and deciding the dates and venues for the next two meetings.