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Iraqi health professionals learn skills to rebuild country's cancer care

Iraqi students at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Credit: Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

Iraqi physicists are learning ways to rebuild their country's radiotherapy cancer care in a project run by Sheffield Hallam University in partnership with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and sponsored by the Iraq Ministry of Health.

The five-year project will see more than 400 Iraqi healthcare staff stay in the city to learn about British healthcare, during which they will learn how services at Weston Park Hospitaldeliver cancer care.

Each group will be shown how the patient pathway is structured and will be given talks and demonstrations from experienced Weston Park Hospital staff and Sheffield Hallam academics.

The partnership between Sheffield Hallam and the Iraqi Ministry of Health is also training doctors and other healthcare professionals across a number of disciplines. 26 Iraqi nurses studying at the University received healthcare certificates this week after a four-month study programme.