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Boosting Maltese health services

13 August 2010

Agreement being signedProfessor Patricia Price signing the agreement with Dr Kenneth Grech, Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Health, the Elderly and Community Care and Professor Juanito Camilleri, Rector, University of Malta. (back row left to right) Dr Peter Micallef, Parliamentary Assistant, Ministry for Health, the Elderly and Community Care, Hon. Dr Joseph Cassar, Minister for Health, the Elderly and Community Care, and Ms Louise Stanton, British High Commissioner to Malta.

The School of Healthcare Studies has just signed an agreement in Malta which will assist an expansion in cancer services on the island.

The Head of School, Professor Patricia Price, led a delegation from the Department of Radiography, to the Maltese capital Valetta to sign the agreement with the Department of Health in Malta and the University of Malta. The Memorandum of Understanding formally begins collaboration between the two universities in the education and training of twelve diagnostic and therapeutic radiographers on a four-year undergraduate course.

The signing ceremony was at the Ministry of Health in Valetta’s historic Castellania Palace, which previously was the Courts of Justice of the Knights of Malta. The high profile event, in the presence of Dr Joe Cassar, Minister for Health, the Elderly and Community Care, and Louise Stanton, British High Commissioner to Malta, was widely covered by the Maltese press and television.

The new four-year Honours degree will be awarded by the University of Malta, with specialist support for the whole of the radiotherapy programme being undertaken by lecturers from Cardiff University. All academic lectures will take place in Malta along with some clinical provision. In the third year students from Malta will work alongside their Welsh counterparts, spending six months intensive clinical placement across the three radiotherapy departments in Wales at Velindre Hospital, Cardiff, Singleton Hospital, Swansea and Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Rhyl.

Professor Price said: "This is a highly significant development for Malta, which was reflected by the level of media coverage. The agreement is part of a large expansion in cancer services planned within Malta, which will culminate in the opening of a new oncology centre at the Mater Dei Hospital, Valetta in 2013. The School of Healthcare Studies is delighted to be playing our part in this development."

The School of Healthcare Studies already has links with the University of Malta, via the Erasmus Scheme, with its Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health Sciences.

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