Tata Memorial Centre in Mumbai has launched a first-of-its-kind training course called KEVAT. Through KEVAT, the registered candidates will be trained for patient navigation which is a relatively a new profession. The patient navigators help cancer patients to manage their medical experience and coordinate their care. This programme has been launched by keeping the need of cancer patients in mind.
Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH) bears the huge burden of cancer patients from all over India. Outstation patients face many difficulties, including language barrier, accommodation in Mumbai and financial crisis. Already mentally and physically weakened by the disease like cancer, these problems put on extra stress on the patients. The trained professionals, through KEVAT, will address all of these problems faced by the patient since his/her admission in TMH till the end of the treatment in the hospital.
“KEVAT is an attempt to bridge the gap between doctors and patients. The burden of cancer has been increasing in India and from all the patients received by Tata Memorial Hospital, only 40 per cent are from Mumbai and Maharashtra and rest 60 per cent are from rest of the country. So, we need trained professionals who understand the clinical procedures and also have proper communication, administrative and social skills to help patients to go through the cancer treatment,” said Vinit Samant Assistant Medical Superintendent, TMH.
KEVAT is a six-month certificate course in patient navigation. Any graduate of Indian nationality from any discipline can register for the programme. The selection of the candidates will be done through an entrance exam. After the six-month course, meritorious candidates will be selected for paid internship at TMH. The last date of online application is September 22.
“The concept of patient navigator programme is quite nascent in the western world. It is not very well known in India. In our healthcare system, we need it the most,” said Nishu Singh Goel, Project
Consultant, Platinum Jubilee Office. “Through the patient navigation programme, the whole process of cancer treatment will become less distressing. Considering the multilayer stress on the cancer patients, it will help them to cope up with the critical situation there are going through,” she added.
TMH is conducting the survey to understand the needs of patients in detail. The result of this survey will be out by October and the finding will be incorporated in KEVAT which will start from November. “Patients do need help. They need someone who can provide appropriate solutions to their problems. Through KEVAT, we are intending to that,” said Dr Sunita Jadhav, Senior Medical Social Worker at TMH.